Jacksonville Jaguars Will Struggle at Beginning of 2013 Season After Losing Justin Blackmon For Four Games

By Dan Parzych

The Jacksonville Jaguars were one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012 season as they finished with just two wins and now–it looks like they’ll face another difficult challenge at the beginning of the 2013 season without one of their top wide receivers.

Former first-round pick Justin Blackmon has been suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league’s policy–which is the last thing the Jaguars need to deal with. For a team that’s already in desperate need of help on offense, the first four games of the 2013 season will be an even bigger struggle for Jacksonville as they’ll be playing without a wide receiver they had such high expectations for heading into his second season.

There was a reason why the Jaguars were willing to move up in the 2012 NFL Draft to select Blackmon and after recording 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns, they were hoping to see him post even bigger numbers heading into next year now that he had a year of experience under his belt. While Blackmon will still have the chance to post solid numbers, missing the first four games of the regular season will not only hurt his statistics, but his team as well.

Jacksonville was already facing a challenge and now the challenge is going to become even more difficult now that they have to start the season without Blackmon. For a player that’s already been criticized in the past for finding his way into trouble, the Jaguars can’t be too pleased with Blackmon over this latest incident.

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