Justin Blackmon, the two-time Biletnikoff award winner for most outstanding college wide receiver and fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft has not suited up for the Jaguars in over 21 months due to suspensions from repeatedly failing drug tests.

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(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jaguars GM David Caldwell spoke today about the likelihood, or rather unlikelihood of Blackmon ever suiting up for the team again. “I have not heard anything and I guess I harbor a little bit of hope but realistically I think when you’re away from the game for two-and-a-half years what you were once is not what you probably will be,” Caldwell said. “Your skills do erode and especially if you’re not staying in tip-top shape and you’re not in football shape. I don’t know to expect but I would say common sense would probably be if you haven’t played football in two-and-a-half years apparently that’s not a priority for you.”

Games Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm G GS Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds
2012 22 JAX 16 14 132 64 865 13.5 5 81 4.0 54.1 2 23
2013 23 JAX 4 4 48 29 415 14.3 1 67 7.3 103.8 1 -1
2014 24 JAX 0 0 0 0 0
Career 20 18 180 93 1280 13.8 6 81 4.7 64.0 3 22
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/4/2015.

Blackmon was a great talent and had shown signs of becoming a dominant receiver in the NFL, but his personal demons have not allowed him to make his football career a priority. The Jaguars have not cut Blackmon, and Caldwell has said multiple times that the team does not plan to do so. Blackmon’s spot on the reserve/suspended list means he does not count against the roster limit or salary cap, and the Jaguars do not have to pay his salary. His contract paused upon his suspension, so he would have two and a half years left on his deal with the Jaguars if he was to return to the NFL. Here is hoping we see Blackmon play in the NFL again.

Dan Schalk covers the NFL for MyFantasySportsTalk, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk

 

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