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Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell, coach Gus Bradley strongly hint suspended receiver Justin Blackmon done with team

Jacksonville Jaguars' wide receiver Justin Blackmon speaks to the media during a press conference at the Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Bagshot, England on Oct. 23, 2013.  AP
Jacksonville Jaguars' wide receiver Justin Blackmon speaks to the media during a press conference at the Pennyhill Park Hotel and Spa in Bagshot, England on Oct. 23, 2013.

Shortly after taking their second receiver of the day in Penn State's Allen Robinson, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley basically ended any hope of suspended receiver Justin Blackmon ever returning to the team.

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

The Jaguars selected Southern California receiver Marqise Lee with the 39th-overall pick and took Robinson at 61, trading up nine spots with San Francisco.

When asked about Blackmon's future, Caldwell responded:

"I think we've covered that," Caldwell said. "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."

Blackmon was selected fifth overall in the 2012 draft. He was suspended for the first four games last season, came back to play well in four games and then was suspended again for the final eight games of the season.


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Jungle Cat
8612 points
Jungle Cat
Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 4:06 am


I really wonder who you really are.

How can you be so ignorant of the fact that Gene Smith took incredible risks.

Matt Jones? Do you want us to believe that Gene Smith really had no idea he was not only a risk on the field, but off it?

What about Reggie Williams? Crazy draft pick. Dude has a proven character red flag. You gonna attempt to wash Gene Smith's hands of that guy?

Well, let's get one thing straight here, Gene Smith was named the director of college scouting in 2000.

That same year was the first time in team history that they took a huge character issue gamble on USC WR R. Jay Soward.

The Gator prejudiced local media was vociferously pressing the team to change their God Squad, squeaky clean image. In doing so, they weakened Tom Coughlin further. We all know that the Gator prejudiced media attempted to use Steve Spurrier to oust Tom Coughlin.

There's little doubt that they were also in cahoots with Gene Smith to take away Coughlin's pro personnel seniority.

If you knew half about the side money involved with NFL draft picks to be made by the media, you'd be as mad as a hornet.

As for Justin Blackmon, we don't know all there is to know about him. Who knows? Maybe another player with knowledge of his problems set him up by proxy? With so much money involved it's not out of the question that Blackmon's weakness was exploited by a rival on another team, etc.

People are so wicked these days. Suggestion is such a powerful tool.

17303 points
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 7:19 pm
Premium Member

Blackmon has a unique talent. It's a shame he did not make the best of it here. Wish him well.

15236 points
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 9:06 am

It's so ironic that Gene Smith, being a character over talent kind of guy, would go out on a limb for the first time and really bring some talent in here for it to be the worst top ten pick of his career. Blackmon's suspension, I believe caused more damage to our team that Gabbert ever did.

80 points
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 8:59 am

Such a shame but I'm glad that we are moving forward. I've been wondering with all the picks if GB feels we have a solid D moving forward to the regular season.

diesel man
10123 points
diesel man
Saturday, May 10, 2014 @ 8:11 am
Premium Member

Just hope the 2 they drafted can stay on the right track. maybe it,s Jacksonville that brings out the worst in young men. good luck to Blackmon, may he get sh#$#@ together.