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5 Reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars Are Right To Keep Justin Blackmon

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5 Reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars Should Keep Justin Blackmon

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Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is already suspended indefinitely by the NFL, and a recent arrest for marijuana possession has further clouded his future as a player.

Jaguars' owner Shad Khan said the team has no plans to release Blackmon, and here are five reasons the organization is right to retain the troubled wide receiver.

5. Structure and Support

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5. Structure and Support

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Blackmon won't be on the field for the Jaguars this year, barring some unforeseen developments. But having the support of the organization, from top to bottom, can only help him as he hopefully seeks and gets the help he needs.

4. There's Nothing To Gain By Releasing Blackmon

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4. There's Nothing To Gain By Releasing Blackmon

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The clock has stopped on Blackmon's contract during his suspension, and he'll have two years and around $5 million remaining on his deal if or when he is reinstated. Keeping a potential difference maker in the fold makes sense right now.

3. There's Nothing To Lose By Keeping Blackmon

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3. There's Nothing To Lose By Keeping Blackmon

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The Jaguars were not expecting to have Blackmon this year, and they don't have to pay his salary while he is suspended. He also will not be taking up a roster spot, so keeping him around is a no-lose proposition at this point.

2. Talent

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2. Talent

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Blackmon has shown signs of being an elite talent, with 93 receptions in 20 career games. He will also not even turn 25 until January, so if he can get past his off-field trouble Blackmon's best years are still ahead of him.

1. The Cris Carter Factor

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1. The Cris Carter Factor

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Cris Carter had substance abuse issues of his own before being released by the Philadelphia Eagles and ultimately signing with the Minnesota Vikings. I'm not saying Blackmon will use a second chance to forge a Hall of Fame career, but for now the Jaguars shouldn't entertain the possibility of him reaching his potential in another uniform.