Justin Blackmon A Wanted Man By The Jaguars
If you follow the Jacksonville Jaguars on social media, the prevalent question on the minds of the majority of readers is the reinstatement of wide receiver Justin Blackmon and his return to the NFL. Now that it appears the roads are clearing for the troubled star to return to the team and game, there has been much talk of support for Blackmon’s cause. The most notable of supporters for the man people know as “JB14” is team owner Shad Khan.
It is Khan’s hope Blackmon has put it all together off the field so he can help the Jaguars on the field.
"Absolutely," Jaguars owner Shad Khan told Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union when asked if Blackmon could be reinstated with the team. "As a matter of fact, I’m very optimistic. I think he’s paid his dues. I think he’s got his life together. I think he can be a role model for people who have gone through hard times. We’re waiting for him."
The Jaguars took major steps in the NFL Draft in 2014 to make sure there were young weapons for the offensive side of the ball. Blake Bortles was drafted third overall. Wide Receivers Marquise Lee and Allen Robinson were grabbed in the second round. Rookie free agent Allen Hurns led the team in touchdowns this season and both he and Robinson were among the top 10 rookies in catches last season.
The Jaguars also helped themselves by starting two rookie linemen in Luke Bowanko at center and Brandon Linder at right guard.
Youth is certainly served in Jacksonville. Khan and the Jaguars staff hope Blackmon is part of the growing process.
Since drafting Justin Blackmon with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars have gotten just 20 games, 1,280 yards, and six touchdowns out of the Oklahoma State standout.