If the Jacksonville Jaguars are serious about building a winning franchise, they need to pull the plug on the Justin Blackmon experiment and move on. Blackmon is a gifted receiver with some serious on field talent, but it’s off the field where he simply cannot keep his head on straight. The NFL announced on Friday that Blackmon would be suspended indefinitely after violating the league’s substance abuse policy once again.
Blackmon started the 2013 season serving a four game league imposed suspension. He will be allowed to apply for reinstatement to the league prior to the start of the 2014 season.
The receiver issued the following statement-
“I want to sincerely apologize to Mr.Khan, my teammates, my coaches and to the Jaguars fans for not utilizing the resources that I was provided to overcome my challenges. I am determined to overcome the issues that have resulted in this situation, and I truly appreciate the support that the Jaguars and my agent have shown me.
I will address these matters with the type of intensity I usually direct toward my on-field play so that I can be ready to be a productive member of the team and community next season. Again, I am truly sorry to Mr. Khan, my teammates and coaches and to the Jaguars fans for the impact of my situation on the team as well as to my family and friends and those that have been there for me during these challenging times. Nobody is more disappointed with all of this than me.”
The team’s general manager David Caldwell told reporters that his suspension will allow Blackmon to get the required necessary professional treatment to “overcome his challenges.”
Blackmon is yet another player who has the physical tools to compete at the NFL level but he lacks the maturity. Since he was serving a four-game suspension at the start of the season, this suspension means that Blackmon has violated the substance abuse policy three times now and his next violation might see him out of the game for life. How many second chances does he need? He has already been arrest twice for DUI.
Jacksonville simply needs to plan accordingly and move on from Blackmon. He was drafted by a different coaching staff and front office, the current regime has nothing invested in him.
Blackmon appeared in just four games for the Jaguars this season recording 29 receptions on 48 targets for 415 yards and a score.