New broke last week that the Jacksonville Jaguars would be without wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the first four games of the season, as he violated the NFL's substance abuse policy. Blackmon needs to get things right going forward if he wants to realize his potential at the NFL level.
According to a report by Dan Pompei of the National Football Post, the word in the building is that Blackmon is too easily distracted.
Justin Blackmon's four game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy points to the big picture problem with Blackmon. The word out of EverBank Field is the Jaguars have found him to be too easily distracted. He loses focus and lacks consistency. And it has affected his performance. The Jags' new regime likes Blackmon's talent. But will the Jaguars ever see him realize it?
This doesn't come as much of a shock, as you could see at times in games where it appeared Blackmon wasn't giving full effort. Now, whether that was him being distracted or just still working through the rookie cloud, we'll never know. One thing is for sure however, if Blackmon doesn't get his head on straight he might find himself in a tough situation.
It's understandable when you consider just how young some of these players are that they're immature and get distracted, but at some point they run out of chances and they have to have that wake up moment.