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Jaguars G.M.: Justin Blackmon is “doing the right things”

Justin Blackmon

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon speaks with a team mate during warmups before an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Jacksonville, Fla. Blackmon sat out the game because of groin surgery. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)


The Jaguars could use all the help they can get on offense.

And if you listen to them, there’s a sense former first-rounder Justin Blackmon might be able to.

Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell said on Friday’s PFT Live that he’s encouraged by the reports he’s getting on the wide receiver, who is eligible to apply for reinstatement after his latest substance abuse suspension.

“It’s currently in the league’s hands and it’s in Justin’s hands, to be honest with you,” Caldwell said. “The reports I’ve gotten second-hand is that he’s doing the right things and engaging in the program and he’s really trying to make positive strides in his life. Our thoughts are with him.

“We’ll welcome him back if he does all the right things and hopefully the league shows some urgency in trying to focus on him and he shows some urgency in trying to do the right things. Right now, those reports are positive.”

Owner Shad Khan made similar statements recently, so it’s clear the Jaguars are willing to work with him.

His suspension was indefinite, and until he applies for reinstatement it could be a moot point. But the fact team officials are openly lobbying for his return can’t hurt. Blackmon hasn’t played since 2013, so it’s hard to expect anything on the field, but if he’s getting his life turned around, the football might be a secondary concern.