By Eric Schmidt

Despite getting blown out 48-17, the Jacksonville Jaguars look as if they have solved the wide receiver problems. With the fifth overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft the Jaguars selected Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. Despite being the last player to sign a contract after a lengthy holdout, Blackmon has been impressive in his last two games.

While researching for my upcoming fantasy drafts, I really did not pay much attention to the Jaguars wide receivers. Jacksonville’s offense was horrendous last season and there were several questions surrounding QB Blaine Gabbert heading into this season. While they bust of Gabbert isn’t being readied in Canton just yet, he has shown improvement on the field this preseason.

While I am not typically high on rookie wide receivers, I have to readjust my position regarding Blackmon. The coaching change in Jacksonville has seemingly helped Gabbert and Blackmon has emerged as his favorite target. In two games, Blackmon has recorded eight receptions totaling 120 yards and a touchdown.

While I am not particularly high on Laurent Robinson in fantasy circles this year, Blackmon deserves some attention at this point. Robinson had three targets last night and zero catches. Blackmon was targeted eight times with four receptions.

I believe Blackmon can now be considered a serious flex play or even a WR2 in certain matchups. Jacksonville opens at Minnesota, plays Indianapolis twice and has contests with Oakland and Green Bay, two teams which had terrible pass defenses last season.




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