According to Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com, even though Justin Blackmon has been suspended by the NFL for violating their substance abuse policy, the Jaguars don’t plan on releasing him.
New general manager Dave Caldwell and new coach Gus Bradley might have inherited Blackmon from the previous regime, but that doesn’t mean they don’t like him.
Blackmon was widely regarded as the best receiver in the draft last year, and Jaguars GM Gene Smith traded up to draft him fifth overall. It was a bold move that addressed a very weak roster spot.
Blackmon might have issues, but he’s also got something the Jaguars need a lot more of: talent.
I would think that if Blackmon doesn’t get his act together, he will be on the way out soon. No team can put up with a player getting suspended multiple times.