Can Jacksonville Jaguars Consider Justin Blackmon Core Piece After His Latest Incident?

By Juan Pablo Aravena
Jacksonville Jaguars Justin Blackmon
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The Jacksonville Jaguars need to start re-thinking how they are doing things both on and off the field due to recent events.

The Jaguars wasted a first-round pick in Blaine Gabbert, who’s looking more and more like nothing more than a backup player, and with the issues surrounding Justin Blackmon, it’s safe to say he will have a hard time playing for the Jacksonville once again.

According to sources from the NFL, the league has suspended the wide receiver due to another incident regarding substance abuse. The wideout was already suspended through the first four games of this season due to a similar issue, and now the suspension is an indefinite move, meaning that he might not return until next year.

It’s clear that Blackmon needs help as a human being because he obviously has a problem. But it’s also pretty clear that the Jaguars need to cut ties with him before is too late.

His improved play this season (29 catches for 415 yards and a touchdown) are a good sign toward the future, given how shaky things are in Jacksonville this season, but the team needs to do what’s best for the future. The Jaguars are in the midst of a rebuilding process with no clear player to build around, and they shouldn’t start the renewal of the roster with a player who has suffered two suspensions already this year.

Jacksonville needs to help Blackmon, but he also needs to be able to help himself. Otherwise, he won’t be able to fulfill his potential to have a solid career in the NFL. He might need a fresh start somewhere else, but it’s clear that the Jaguars can’t build their future based on him after his behavior this year.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google.

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