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Jaguars should plan for future without Justin Blackmon

The Jaguars would be wise to approach 2014 as if Justin Blackmon won't be involved.

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The Jaguars still have several holes on their roster that need to be addressed this offseason, but the uncertainty of the future of Justin Blackmon has created yet another hole to fill.

Blackmon only appeared in four games in 2013 after being suspended for the first four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, then getting suspended indefinitely after failing yet another drug test. Now it is commissioner Roger Goodell, not the Jaguars, who have the power over the former first-round pick's future in the league.

When asked about Blackmon's future with the Jaguars during his press conference on Monday, general manager Dave Caldwell had no definite answers. In fact the team has had very little contact with the troubled superstar since his indefinite suspension was announced in November.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Blackmon and his ability to play in 2014, the Jaguars would be wise to approach this offseason as if he will not be here. Perhaps a guy like Mike Brown is poised to take a big step forward this offseason, or maybe one of the several guys picked up off the waiver wire during the 2013 season will emerge during OTA's.

Finding an in-house solution might be a pipe dream, however, as Blackmon was the Jaguars fourth leading receiver in 2013 despite only playing in four games. With 10 picks and a deep wide receiver class to select from, the Jaguars could turn to the draft for a guy to compete for the spot opposite Cecil Shorts in the starting lineup.