Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, the only real veteran receiver on the current roster, appeared on Jaguars Thursday on 1010XL with J.P. Shadrick and Jeff Lageman to talk a bit about the team this offseason and it's receiver group, including suspended receiver Justin Blackmon.
Oct. 26, 2010 - Blackmon arrested for DUI
April 26, 2012 - Jaguars draft Blackmon
June 3, 2012 - Blackmon gets a DUI
April 30, 2013 - Suspended 4 games
Nov. 1, 2013 - Suspended indefinitely
May 2, 2014 - Blackmon not expected back
May 9, 2014 - Jaguars move on
"Honestly, I have not heard from him," Shorts told Lageman when asked about the suspended receiver. "I reached out to him a couple times, no response. Actually more than a couple times, but no response from him. I did talk to one of his roommates that he was staying with who said he was doing well in Oklahoma, he was doing fine but I have not talked to him."
Shorts' comments echo the somber comments of general manager Dave Caldwell and the rest of the staff whenever the subject of Justin Blackmon is mentioned. The league hasn't made a decision on the future of the player, but it's pretty clear the franchise going forward has.
"The best thing I can do right now is just hope and pray he's doing well," Shorts added. "I hope to see him again soon."
It was signaled with the drafting of both Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson in the second-round of the 2014 NFL Draft and then hammered home with Shorts' sobering comments.
Blackmon apparently isn't doing what he needs to do to get back in the NFL. He's not going to be reinstated this year, it appears, and it's not even being considered. There have been heavy hints he hasn't been doing what he's needed to do to get back in the league.
He either doesn't care or doesn't get it.
If you haven't moved on by now, you should now. Justin Blackmon is done as a Jacksonville Jaguars and probably in the NFL.