Some notes on the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first unofficial depth chart, released in advance of their preseason opener against the Giants on Friday night at EverBank Field. Take note, it’s common for seniority to determine close spots on paper at this stage.
Justin Blackmon’s holdout appears to be over. Blackmon, the No. 5 overall selection by the Jaguars in the 2012 NFL Draft, has agreed to terms, and is expected to sign his rookie contract later Monday or Tuesday. Details of the contract were not disclosed. Blackmon, a wide receiver from Oklahoma State, spent organized team activities and minicamp with the team, but has missed the first nine days of training camp because he had not signed his contract. The team had wanted safeguards in the contract protecting it if Blackmon had further off-field issues.
As Bob Bratkowski sees it, the improvement is undeniable. That was the Jaguars’ offensive coordinator’s thought on quarterback Blaine Gabbert Monday morning, but Bratkowski said something else is as true a little more than a week into 2012 Training Camp: The passing offense overall still needs work.
Thankfully, the most senseless holdout in Jaguars' history is finally over, almost two weeks after it began. As I've written before, first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon and his agent, Todd France, were in a no-win situation trying to resist the Jaguars' efforts to put protection language in his contract as a result of his aggravated DUI arrest in May.