Just two years after being selected No. 5 overall in the NFL Draft, it appears that Justin Blackmon‘s future with the Jacksonville Jaguars is very much in question.
If you remember back to last fall, Blackmon was suspended indefinitely from Jaguars without pay for violating the league’s substance, again. At just 24-years of age the WR has already had multiple run-ins with Johnny Law and the NFL. It’s to the point where the Jaguars aren’t expecting back at all in 2014.
Here’s what GM David Caldwell had to say at the team’s pre-draft luncheon on the troubled receiver playing in 2014:
“It’s not something that we’re counting on. It would be something that would be relatively surprising. Haven’t gotten a whole lot of updates from the league where he’s at or from Justin, to be honest with you.”
Blackmon could possibly return after eight games this season, but the team is playing it safe and not holding its breath. Because of the nature of his suspension the team is prohibited from communicating with the WR, except via text messaging.
So Blackmon is technically still a member of the Jags, but other than that, it’s anyone’s guess as to when or if we’ll ever see him suit up in Jacksonville again. Since the team is so limited in its interactions with the WR, they likely are clueless on the topic of his future.
It’s a shame, because we’ve all seen how good Blackmon can be. He’s a physical specimen with unlimited potential. But until he gets it together off the field, football will remain secondary in his life.