Justin Blackmon speaking with interviewers from UCLA Radio. (Photo via my phone)
The NFLPA Rookie Premiere event has been going on all weekend in Los Angeles, CA featuring several of the top rookies taken in the 2012 NFL Draft. After doing charity work at a local area high school on Thursday afternoon, the rookies were on the beautiful UCLA campus for a celebrity flag football game on Friday. (Don't worry Robert Edwards fans, no rookies participated in the game. Celebrities and retired players only.)
It was at the flag football game yesterday that I was able to have a short conversation with Jaguars first round pick Justin Blackmon, the sole Jaguars player in attendance for the NFLPA Rookie Premiere weekend.
BCC: So you get a nice little break from OTA's to come out to Los Angeles for this Rookie Premiere event. How's the weekend going so far?
Justin Blackmon: "It’s going good. I’m just enjoying it, taking it all in. It’s good to be here with this group of rookies and we’re just having a good time, enjoying the game."
BCC: The Jaguars really struggled to pass the ball last year, so the plan is that guys like you and Laurent Robinson will help Blaine Gabbert turn things around. I know it's early in the offseason, but how do you feel about how the offense is looking?
JB: "I feel really good. I was only there for two days and I know they had one more after I left, but I feel like we worked real well in those two practices. We’re coming together. Laurent Robinson, Lee Evans, Mike Thomas and all of them, it’s good to be in a meeting room with some veterans that have been around and can help me around and learn the offense. I have footsteps to follow so it’s good to have some veterans there."
BCC: You're not the only new addition, the Jaguars also added Jerry Sullivan to coach the receivers. What's it been like working with him?
JB: "Oh, it’s great. He’s one of the best in the game. As far as receivers coaches go, it doesn’t get any better than that. To be in the meeting room with him, I just try to be a sponge and soak in everything he’s teaching. I try as much as possible to pick his brain and get as much as I can."
BCC: You chose #14, which isn't exactly the most common choice for a receiver. Any reason you went with that number?
JB: "I chose it because it wasn’t common. A number doesn’t define me, I know that. So I just picked something that was just out there."
BCC: How about expectations? What do you think Jaguars fans can expect from you in your rookie season?
JB: "I just want to be the best I can be. Hopefully I can prepare myself in the offseason to get there during the season. The overall goal is to get that Super Bowl so that’s what we’re going to go for."
BCC: I appreciate you taking the time out, anything else you'd like to add?
JB: "Jaguars get ready. Jaguars fans get ready."