Justin Blackmon has done it again. One of the lone bright spots on this Jaguars roster, has been suspended. Again. Blackmon was suspended for the first 4 games of the season this year for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Now, on his second offence, who knows how long he'll be suspended for. Or even how long he'll be on this roster. Not like we're winning or anything, but this a huge loss for this squad. I assume the passing game will take a huge dip in production. While receivers seems (or seemed) to be one of the most stable positions on this roster, it doesn't seem like it anymore. Receiver is loaded with talent in my opinion. With playmakers and big athletic receivers all across, none have really found their stride. Cecil Shorts is good, and Mike Brown looks to be finding his way, but neither have the chemistry with Chad Henne as Blackmon did. Now it's time to build that chemistry.
Blackmon has 29 receptions and 415 yards through 4 games on the season. That's an average of over 7 catches and 100 yards a game. Cecil Shorts has registered 46 receptions and 565 through 8 games (minus Denver). Blackmon has obviously played as the superior to Shorts, but now Shorts will once again step into his role as the best receiver on the field. Mike Brown has looked solid this year. But he must step up and become a reliable target for Henne. The absence of Blackmon gives a chance for guys like Stephen Burton, Ace Sanders, and a personally favorite of mine Stephen Williams to step up.
So does Blackmon stay? Should he stay, should he go? Maybe, no one knows. If he goes, where exactly would that be? Would we release him, maybe trade him? Who cares. But the whole substance abuse thing certainly isn't helping. I have no idea nor do I care to know what he has been taking but it needs to stop. He could already be on his way out in Jacksonville and should he do it again, the NFL, as well.