On Tuesday, the league announced that Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is being suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
This is not the first issue the Jaguars have had with Blackmon since they drafted him last April. Shortly after being selected by the Jaguars in the draft, Blackmon was arrested for drunk driving. It was Blackmon’s second alcohol related incident as he had been previously arrested during his college career at Oklahoma State.
While off the field Blackmon has had issues, he was a solid player for the Jaguars during his rookie season. Blackmon appeared in all 16 games in 2012 and caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns and was one part of a young and rising wide receiving tandem with Cecil Shorts.
Most viewed wide receiver as a position of strength for the Jaguars heading into the draft, but they still drafted South Carolina receiver Ace Sanders in the fourth round. You have to believe that new Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell knew that this news was imminent and was looking for some insurance at the receiver position for early in the 2013 season.
The Jaguars placed safeguards in Blackmon’s rookie contract that could potentially void his guaranteed money for an issue like this. The suspension will not prevent Blackmon from participating in training camp and the Jaguars preseason games.