There has been a lot of talk around the Jacksonville Jaguars this season about rebuilding and finding pieces on their roster than can form a solid foundation to build on.
Wide receiver Justin Blackmon is one of those pieces.
Since returning from his four-game suspension, Blackmon has 19 catches for 326 yards and a touchdown and has created a much needed spark for an offense that struggled to move the football with any sort of consistency the first four weeks of the season. Blackmon turned heads on the national stage on Sunday as he caught 14 passes for 190 yards in a hard fought loss to the Denver Broncos.
Going into the 2013 season, many thought that Cecil Shorts was the Jaguars featured receiver with Blackmon being his complement, but as we have seen the past two games Blackmon appears to be the go-to guy in the passing game. Blackmon isn’t exactly a traditional number one receiver, however, as he uses his size and strength to create separation from his defenders and rack up yards after the catch instead of speed to beat people over the top.
In a season that is all but lost at this point for the Jaguars, it is important for them to continue to find other pieces of the foundation that general manager Dave Caldwell can construct his roster on. With Blackmon and some of the other young players getting significant playing time this season, people are going to start to see that this roster is not as devoid of talent as it seems.
It is hard to see the Jaguars winning many games down the stretch with a bunch of young players on the field, but the experience that they are getting will help this team win games in the future.
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