Expectations were high for Justin Blackmon when the Jacksonville Jaguars moved up in the 2012 NFL Draft to select him at No. 4 and while he started off the year on a slow note–the wideout did show potential towards the end of the regular season. In fact, Blackmon broke out with a monstrous performance in Week 11 against the Houston Texans after catching seven passes for 236 yards to go along with one touchdown.
Now that he has a year of experience under his belt, the main question will be whether or not Blackmon has what it takes to lead the team in receiving yards heading into the 2013 season. Blackmon finished his rookie season with 64 catches for 865 yards to go along with five touchdowns and while these numbers are decent for a rookie, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t have been better considering the lack of weapons on the Jaguars’ offense.
Blackmon showed plenty of potential after a steller career at Oklahoma State and Jacksonville realizes their best shot at bouncing back in 2013 could rely heavily on the shoulders of their wideout in the passing game. It won’t be difficult for the Jaguars to improve in 2013 considering they only won two games all of last season, but Blackmon will be in the perfect position to make a name for himself on offense.
The potential is certainly there, it’s just a matter of whether or not Jacksonville can figure out a way to get him to live up to the potential heading into his second season.
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