Justin Blackmon Fantasy News
Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 10:58am
Why don’t people know more about Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon's situation? The answer is that the league and teams take privacy with suspended players very seriously. So, while most things involving the NFL are publicized to the point that fans feel a right to know everything, information about suspended players is one area where that’s not going to happen. What is known about Blackmon is he’s unlikely to play for the Jaguars next season. When more is known, it will be known.
Fantasy owners shouldn't count on Blackmon playing this year -- it's looking like a real long shot at this point.
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Jaguars open to potential Justin Blackmon return
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 10:17am
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday morning that the Jags are open to taking back Blackmon and playing him if the NFL reinstates him this season, according to a source with knowledge of the team's plans.
This is not a huge surprise. Blackmon is a very good receiver (64.0 yards per game in his first 20 career games) and if he can get his head on straight, he could go on to have a very good career. His salary is minimal, so the Jaguars are wise to see how this plays out.
Peter King: Josh Gordon likely suspended 8-16 games
Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:35am
Assuming Browns WR Josh Gordon is found to have tested positive in the NFL’s substance-abuse program (which ESPN reported Friday), he’ll likely be banned for somewhere between eight and 16 games. Gordon, 23, has been disciplined twice previously for testing positive: once by coach Art Briles at Baylor, and once by the NFL last summer, causing him to be suspended for the first two games of the season. Playing 14 games, he still led the league in receiving yards last year and was the first receiver in history to have back-to-back 200-yard receiving games, in weeks 12 and 13.
But now he could be more problem than he’s worth, the same way the immensely talented Justin Blackmon is turning out in Jacksonville. The Browns are trying to establish a winning program, and if they can’t trust their best player, which Gordon clearly is, they’re going to have a tough decision on their hands if and when he’s suspended, and when he returns. Gordon has two years left on his rookie contract. How can the Browns possibly know what to pay him in a second contract, having no idea if they can trust him from one week to the next? If Gordon did test positive, and knowing that a monster contract would likely be coming at the end of this season if he could stay clean, it’s either a measure of the depth of his problem or a measure of his immaturity. Or both.
Gordon will appeal the suspension since his last run-in with the substance abuse program was due to a codeine-based cough syrup (or so he claims), so the argument is that he should have been in Stage 2 of the program instead of Stage 3. Gordon's availability will have a huge impact on the WR landscape as well as Johnny Manziel's potential in his rookie season.
Jaguars have 'moved on' from Justin Blackmon for 'this year'
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:28am
"I think we've covered that," Caldwell said. "We've moved on for this year."
When asked if he would cut Blackmon, Caldwell said:
"We can't [cut him]. If that even happens."
HC Gus Bradley also stated his disappointment in the situation.
"I feel at times there's probably a little emptiness," Bradley said. "There are some unknowns there and you don't know how it's working. You don't want to shut it off. I was hoping it would be better than where it is going. We haven't heard much and it doesn't sound like it's going in the right direction. Like Dave said, we can't count on him."
The Jaguars seem to have moved on from Blackmon after drafting two receivers - Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson -- in the second round of the Draft. They'll join Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders and Mike Brown to form a young but talented receiving corps. It may not come together quickly, but if Blake Bortles is the real deal, the Jaguars' passing game should be much improved in 1-2 seasons.
Blake Bortles may not start immediately
Friday, May 9, 2014, 9:49am
Bortles is not a shoo-in to start immediately, but he only has to beat out Chad Henne for the job. If he performs well in practice this summer, look for Bortles to start Week 1. No Jaguar QB is going to be much of a fantasy option unless the team upgrades at receiver and/or gets Justin Blackmon back in the lineup.
Jaguars not counting on Justin Blackmon playing in 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014, 2:28pm
Cecil Shorts (groin) still not at full strength
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 10:36am
Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts had two hamstring injuries as a rookie that cost him six total games. In 2012, Shorts missed the final two games with a concussion. Shorts was unavailable for the final three games last season with a groin injury that required surgery.
“The biggest thing for me when it comes to [a new deal] is remaining healthy and being durable for a season,” Shorts said. “Being able to show my talents consistently throughout the year.”
Shorts still isn’t at full strength from the surgery, but expects to be soon.
“I’m on the right path where I’m able to run without any pain,” Shorts said. “I still have some work to do and I’m not 100 percent yet, but I’m looking to get there soon. Now, I have to get my strength back and confidence back.”
Shorts was the #22 WR in 2012 before slipping to #46 last season. His draft day value will depend on the status of Justin Blackmon and whether the Jaguars draft a QB early next month. He is currently the #40 receiver off the board in the 9th round and may be a good value there if the situation variables break his way.
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 11:14am
The Florida Highway Patrol report said Blackmon was not injured, was wearing a seat belt and alcohol was not involved.
The report said Blackmon’s 2009 Denali was traveling south on I-295 when the right rear tire blew out – the car left the road and collided into a guard-rail.
Jaguars want Justin Blackmon back
Friday, January 31, 2014, 7:20pm
Receiver Justin Blackmon missed 12 of the Jaguars’ 16 games because of two suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. When Blackmon is reinstated, owner Shad Khan “absolutely” wants him to remain with the team.
There's no doubt that Blackmon has talent. In his last 17 games (which don't include his slow start in his rookie season), he has averaged 5.2 catches for 74 yards and 0.35 TD, which are low-end fantasy WR2 numbers In four games last season, he averaged 7.3-104-.25, which are low-end WR1 numbers -- and that's with Chad Henne/Blaine Gabbert throwing the ball. If he can get his head on straight and the Jaguars can upgrade their QB, Blackmon will be a star. He'd be a high risk pick if he's reinstated in time to play in 2014.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013, 11:03am
Bradley admitted the situation wasn’t “ideal” considering the time Burton missed, but that he had to step up in Blackmon’s absence. Blackmon will miss the rest of the season after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy again.
“We’ve always been intrigued by him,” Bradley said. “He’s 6-1, 220 pounds and [runs a] 4.4. We’ve been really developing him to see what he can do. Can a guy like Stephen Burton make strides? That’s our objective as a coaching staff. What we’d like to see is let’s see how he progresses and can he help continue the offense in the right direction?”
Mike Brown is the best prospect for increased targets and snaps with Blackmon out, but the coaching staff clearly likes Burton's potential. He's a player to monitor in standard 12-team redraft leagues.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9:49am
The Jaguars placed wide receiver Justin Blackmon on the reserve/suspended list, leaving Cecil Shorts III, Mike Brown, Ace Sanders, Stephen Burton, Stephen Williams and Taylor as the active wide receivers.
With Blackmon out for the rest of the season, Bradley said Burton is a player with intriguing potential. The team acquired Burton off waivers from Minnesota shortly before the season, but he has been inactive the last five games, including four with a concussion.
“This young man has some potential,” Bradley said. “We’re going to try to speed it up and get him to where we can trust him, the quarterbacks can trust him and his teammates trust him. He’s done a better job. Maybe a situation like this will light a fuse for him where he sees this opportunity and now we’ll capture it. We’ll see."
Monday, November 4, 2013, 10:28am
A former first-round draft selection, Blackmon previously was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the policy. He will be eligible to apply for reinstatement prior to the start of next season.
The NFL has increased its awareness of players with recurring issues and has placed added emphasis on support, as opposed to just discipline.