|Blackmon's getting some 'advice' from veterans. (US Presswire)|
Justin Blackmon's recent arrest caused a lot of hand-wringing around the NFL. The basic nature of getting busted for drunken driving is a problem, but the slew of circumstances (no contract signed, high BAC level, repeat offender status, Jaguars wide receiver history) conspired to make it especially notable.
Blackmon apologized publicly, but that's obviously not going to cut it. He's also chatted with some players, including new Jags wideout Laurent Robinson, who told Blackmon "you gotta grow up."
"Just tell him you gotta grow up," Robinson told Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union. "You know, NFL players are targets, you gotta stay low key, low profile and you know just, everybody makes mistakes and you know he's gotta learn from it and just keep doing better."
Blackmon obviously made a mistake. But plenty of people make mistakes all the time. The whole point of making them is to learn and grow so you don't make them down the road. That Blackmon's here again is a big concern, of course, but Robinson also made it sound like he's using his off-field problems as motivation.
"[He's] playing with a little chip on his shoulder," Robinson said. "Little mad about the whole situation. He's going to be a pro. We're going to help him out along the way and he'll be fine."
Blackmon's a supreme talent and, along with Robinson, offers some hope that Blaine Gabbert can turn things around in his second season in Jacksonville.
As long as Robinson's right and Blackmon's taking care of business off the field, there's reason to hope in J-Vegas. But it would probably be wise to have guys like Robinson helping out as much as possible along the way.
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