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14 Justin Blackmon WR
Height/Weight: 6-1/210 | Birthdate: 1/9/1990 | Birthplace: Oceanside, CA, USA | Team: Jacksonville | College: Oklahoma State | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 2/0
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Jaguars planning to play 2015 season without Justin Blackmon


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) As far as the Jaguars are concerned, Justin Blackmon will not be lining up at receiver for them this season. 

At least that's the approach Jacksonville is taking. Blackmon has been indefinitely suspended since Nov. 1 2013 for three violations of the substance-abuse policy under the old CBA.

"Our process hasn't changed," Caldwell said, via ESPN.com. "[We] plan to go without him, but if he emerges, he emerges, and he's going to go in with those top guys and compete with those other guys. Hopefully we're able to get some news, but if not we weren't planning on [having Blackmon]. We're just going to go [without him]."

Before he can re-join the Jaguars, he'll need to file an application for reinstatement, with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell making a decision within a 60-day window. The application letter would include details of the treatment he's received. 

Since being selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, Blackmon has only played in 20 games. He has 1,280 yards and six touchdowns in his career. 


Ex-Bucs GM Dominik: We had scout shadow Justin Blackmon in 2012


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) When quarterback coach George Whitfield Jr. said earlier this week NFL teams have been shadowing and spying on quarterback prospect Jamies Winston, who could be the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, it was obviously met with some doubt.

However, during a radio interview with ESPN on Wednesday, former NFL general manager Mark Dominik gave credence to Whitfield's comments. Dominik said he had a scout shadow Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft since there were concerns about Blackmon's character. Blackmon had a DUI arrest in 2010 and several other minor incidents.

"We found out there was a bar called the Cricket Inn or the Cricket, which was a popular bar there in Oklahoma State," said Dominik, who is now an ESPN analyst. "He [the scout] sat there for one week, went in at 3 o’clock every day and stayed until 11 o’clock at night. That was his job, and we checked how many times did Justin Blackmon come in? And he came in too many times and we took him off our board."

The Bucs had the No. 5 pick in the 2012 draft, which they traded to Jacksonville, who drafted Blackmon. The Bucs acquired the Jaguars' first-round pick and took Mark Barron with the seventh overall pick. The Bucs have the first overall pick in this year's draft.

Since being drafted, Blackmon has appeared in only 20 NFL games. He has three alcohol-related or marijuana-related arrests since turning pro and has been suspended twice by the NFL for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season and then suspended indefinitely on Nov. 1, 2013 for his third failed drug test.


Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee projected as starting outside WRs


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/25/2015) Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee are expected to be the Jaguars' starting outside receivers this season, per the team's website. Justin Blackmon remains suspended indefinitely, and Cecil Shorts left the team via free agency.

Under this scenario, Allen Hurns would be a backup or possibly play the slot.

"The Jaguars like Lee and Robinson on the outside," the website said. "That’s where they envision them."


Jaguars' Khan 'very optimistic' about WR Blackmon being reinstated


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Jaguars owner Shahid Khan said Friday he is "very optimistic" about wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who missed the 2014 season after being suspended indefinitely for a third violation of the league's substance abuse policy, being reinstated to the NFL.

"I think he's paid his dues and I think he's got his life together," Khan said, per The Florida Times-Union.


New optimism regarding Justin Blackmon's potential return


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/25/2015) A lot of people inside the NFL are optimistic Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon is "overcoming his issues" and will be back in the league in 2015, reports Fox Sports. Blackmon got suspended in November 2013 following his third violation of the league's substance-abuse policy.

He checked into a treatment facility last September. General manager Dave Caldwell said recently he hopes Blackmon wins reinstatement, but is not counting on it.


Jags not counting on Justin Blackmon in 2015


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/30/2014) Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said he'd like to see suspended receiver Justin Blackmon on the field next year, but he's not counting on it, reports ESPN.com.

Blackmon got suspended in November 2013 after his third violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. This September, he checked into a treatment facility. Blackmon is suspended indefinitely and must apply for reinstatement.

Caldwell indicated the team will keep Blackmon on the roster. "If he comes back he's a luxury and that's great for us," Caldwell said. "There's no downside to it."


Report: Justin Blackmon enters treatment facility


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2014) Jaguars suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon has voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility, according to ESPN. 

Coach Gus Bradley said Blackmon was "doing very well," according to the report. Bradley cannot speak to Blackmon due to the suspension, and has been getting updates from his agent. Blackmon was suspended for at least a year after repeated violating the substance abuse policy. Though he's currently unable to play, Blackmon is still a member of Jacksonville's organization. 


Jags won't cut Justin Blackmon


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/24/2014) Jaguars owner Shad Kahn said the team won't cut suspended receiver Justin Blackmon, who was charged with marijuana possession Wednesday in Oklahoma, reports the Florida Times-Union.

"We want to keep him as a player," Khan said. "He's not a part of the team now, obviously, but it's very important for him to get the help. It's the most important thing."

Blackmon is suspended indefinitely and is banned from being around the team or the Jaguars' facility. "We want him to get help and really beat this," Kahn said.


Justin Blackmon arrested Wednesday


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/24/2014) Suspended Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon was arrested for the possession of marijuana Wednesday night in Edmond, OK, reports KWTV, a CBS affiliate in Oklahoma.

According to the police report, Blackmon was stopped for a traffic violation. Officers said they could smell an odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.

After a search, police said they found marijuana and Blackmon was taken into custody. Blackmon was also issued a citation for the traffic violation. Edmond police did not say how much marijuana was discovered in the vehicle.

Blackmon is currently suspended indefinitely for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.


Justin Blackmon saga not 'going in the right direction'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(6/22/2014) Jaguars coach Gus Bradley doesn't sound optimistic about receiver Justin Blackmon returning to the NFL any time soon, reports the Florida Times-Union. Blackmon, suspended indefinitely last November under the league's substance abuse policy, hasn't responded to some messages left by teammates.

"I feel at times there’s probably a little emptiness," Bradley told the paper. "There are some unknowns there and you don’t know how it’s working. You don’t want to shut it off. We haven’t heard much and it doesn’t sound like it’s going in the right direction. ... We can’t count on him."

The Jaguars don’t expect Blackmon to be reinstated in 2014, so they drafted two receivers in the second round.


If reinstated, Jaguars would welcome Justin Blackmon back


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/5/2014) While the Jaguars have said repeatedly that they're not planning on having receiver Justin Blackmon at any point this coming season, they would be open to letting him return and play if reinstated, ESPN reported. The team will not cut him because he doesn't get paid while suspended. 

There is no official word on when, or if, he will be reinstated by the league. He's currently serving an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. 


Jaguars have no reason to cut Justin Blackmon


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) The Jaguars aren't planning on releasing suspended receiver Justin Blackmon because it’s more advantageous to maintain their rights to the former first-round pick, reports ESPN.

Blackmon is not taking up a roster spot, and the team doesn't have to pay his salary while he is suspended. He doesn't count against the salary cap, either, so there is no monetary reason to let him go. Plus, if the Jaguars release him they might not be able to recoup some of the $11.9 million in bonus money they paid Blackmon when he signed his contract after being the fifth overall selection in 2012.

The clock has stopped on Blackmon's contract. It will start again if he is reinstated by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, meaning the Jaguars will have him under contract for three more seasons at a pretty reasonable salary. He was to make $289,745 in 2013, and though his salary jumps to $2.07 million and $2.91 million in the last two years, thatis still economical for a player with his ability.


Jaguars remove Justin Blackmon's name plate


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/13/2014) The Jaguars removed suspended receiver Justin Blackmon's name plate from above his locker, reports the Associated Press. It's another indication the former first-round pick has no future with the franchise, the report said.

Blackmon remains suspended indefinitely for multiple violations of the NFL's substance abuse policy.


Jaguars hint Justin Blackmon not in future plans


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/10/2014) The Jaguars have likely moved on from suspended receiver Justin Blackmon for good, reports the Florida Times-Union.

The Jaguars selected receiver Marqise Lee in the second round and Allen Robinson in the third round Friday night, and general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley don't intend on counting on Blackmon in 2014 and beyond.

The report says Blackmon can't be cut until he's reinstated, something Caldwell hinted is not a given.

When asked about Blackmon's future Friday, Caldwell responded: "I think we've covered that. We've moved on for this year."

When asked if he would cut Blackmon, Caldwell said: "We can't [cut him]. If that even happens."

Bradley also stated his disappointment in the situation.

"I feel at times there's probably a little emptiness," Bradley said. "There are some unknowns there and you don't know how it's working. You don't want to shut it off. I was hoping it would be better than where it is going. We haven't heard much and it doesn't sound like it's going in the right direction. Like Dave said, we can't count on him."


Jaguars draft another WR with Allen Robinson


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) With the No. 61 pick in the NFL Draft, the Jaguars selected receiver Allen Robinson from Penn State.

Robinson is the second receiver the Jaguars have drafted with Marqise Lee going earlier in the second round at No. 39 overall, which is a need with Justin Blackmon suspended. Jacksonville also drafted a quarterback in the first round at No, 3 overall with Blake Bortles.

A behemoth at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Robinson is best known for his strong frame, sharp cuts and physical play. He's not afraid to mix it up and has good hands. He's a good run blocker, too.

Robinson set several single-season school and conference records last year thanks to a 97-catch, 1,432-yard campaign. He will compete with Lee to start opposite Cecil Shorts this year.


Jaguars GM not counting on Justin Blackmon in 2014


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/2/2014) Jaguars general manager David Caldwell said the team isn't counting on receiver Justin Blackmon playing in 2014, saying he'd be "relatively surprised" if Blackmon's suspension is lifted during the season, according to the official team website. 

Blackmon is currently suspended indefinitely for failing the NFL's substance-abuse policy for the third time.


Jaguars planning to be without Justin Blackmon


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/26/2014) Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon, who's suspended indefinitely for a third violation of the league's substance abuse policy, can apply for reinstatement before the season begins. But the team is planning as if he won't be available, reports ESPN.com.

Blackmon is not allowed to visit the team facility while suspended.

"I wish I could have a more extended conversation with him," coach Gus Bradley told the website. "My feelings toward him haven't changed. I still care about him. To be able to sit down and visit with him, that part I miss."


Jaguars still unsure when Justin Blackmon will return


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/7/2014) Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell told team supporters during an event in Jacksonville Thursday that they're unsure on just how well suspended receiver Justin Blackmon is doing. The team doesn't have a firm timetable on his return. The Jaguars have previously said they'd like to have him back

"A lot of it is a gray area because the league allows only so much contact with Justin," Caldwell said according to the Florida Times-Union. "It's our understanding that he's doing well. ... [A]t some point in time, he will be back."

Blackmon is suspended indefinitely for a third infraction of the league's substance abuse policy. He was suspended four games at the start of the 2013 season and racked up 29 catches for 415 yards and a touchdown in four games before getting suspended again. 


Owner wants to keep troubled Justin Blackmon


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2014) Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon lost most of 2013 to two suspensions, but that does not have owner Shad Khan yearning to rid the team of the two-year pro. Asked if he wants to keep Blackmon around, Khan said "absolutely," per the Florida Times-Union.

Blackmon continued to show promise this season, racking up 29 catches for 415 yards in just four games.


No timetable for Justin Blackmon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) It's unclear when Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon will be reinstated, according to general manager Dave Caldwell.

Caldwell said he hasn't been told when Blackmon will be able to work with the team yet. He added that he's viewing Blackmon as a luxury at this point. Blackmon played in just four games this season due to two separate suspensions.


Jaguars make a few roster moves Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2013) The Jaguars announced Monday they made a few roster moves. They placed wide receiver Justin Blackmon on the reserve/suspended list, waived safety Dwight Lowery (concussion) off injured reserve and promoted tight end Danny Noble from the practice squad.

Disappointing season ends for Justin Blackmon


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/1/2013) Jaguars receiver Justin Blackmon's season ended early when it was announced Friday he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL without pay for violating its substance abuse policy. His future with the Jaguars and for Fantasy owners is now in serious doubt.

Fantasy owners in seasonal leagues can release Blackmon, and a great replacement option is fellow Jacksonville receiver Mike Brown, who is owned in just 2 percent of leagues on CBSSports.com. He has eight catches for 163 yards and a touchdown in his past two games on 14 targets, but his playing time is expected to increase opposite Cecil Shorts.

As for Blackmon, Fantasy owners in dynasty and keeper leagues now have to worry about his future. He's under contract through 2015, but he's had trouble staying on the field. This is his second suspension for violating the substance abuse policy after he missed four games to open the 2013 season.

He played only four games this year, and he finished with 29 catches for 415 yards and one touchdown. He's proven to be an elite talent, but you have to worry about his attitude and approach based on his constant battles with potential substance abuse.

Don't give up on Blackmon just yet in dynasty and keeper formats until we have all the information, but his once-promising value is now on the decline.


Report: Justin Blackmon done for year after another suspension


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/1/2013) Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who has already served a four-game suspension this season, has been suspended again by the NFL without pay for violating its substance abuse policy, the Florida Times-Union has reported.

The suspension would knock Blackmon out for the year, but he would be eligible for reinstatement before the 2014 season.

Blackmon had thrived upon returning from his first suspension. He caught 29 passes for 415 yards and a touchdown, though he managed just 10 receptions for 89 yards in the last two games combined.


Justin Blackmon held in check Sunday


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon was held in check on Sunday during the Week 8 blowout loss from London against the 49ers. 

Blackmon finished the game with just four catches for 31 yards and did not score. All that despite seeing 10 targets from quarterback Chad Henne in the game. Blackmon's longest grab went for 12 yards. 

The 23-year-old now has 10 catches for 89 yards without a score in his last two games following his back-to-back 100-plus efforts to begin his season. Jacksonville has a bye Week 9 and returns Week 10 at Tennessee. 


Justin Blackmon active for 49ers game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (hamstring) was cleared to play Week 8 vs. San Francisco (game being played in London) after being listed as probable. Blackmon only practiced Thursday in a limited capacity.