Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach Gus Bradley Still Has Trust in Justin Blackmon

By Dan Parzych
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Unfortunately for the Jacksonville Jaguars, there’s plenty of reason to be concerned about wide receiver Justin Blackmon heading into the 2013 season as he was recently suspended for the first four games of next year after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Blackmon’s run into trouble, but despite his recent suspension–new head coach Gus Bradley is still confident enough to trust in his wide receiver.

There was a reason why the Jaguars were willing to trade up to acquire Blackmon in the draft last year and he showed potential at times–but he clearly still has plenty of work to do before he becomes one of the top wide receivers in the league. Blackmon finished his rookie season with 64 catches for 865 yards with five touchdowns, but his suspension is proof that he still needs to work on his maturity.

Between the suspension and his DUI incidents from the past–Blackmon better turn things around quickly if he wants any team believing in him. Luckily, Blackmon has a trusting coach in Bradley that still sees hope in the talented wide receiver.

Blackmon won’t receive many opportunities if things don’t work out in Jacksonville and for a player with so much talent and potential–let’s just hope this latest incident is a big awakening for the wide receiver to change his life around. Otherwise, there’s no telling where Blackmon may end up be next season if he continues to find himself in trouble.

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