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Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon keeping low profile during suspension

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com

Justin Blackmon was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft. (USATSI)
Justin Blackmon was the fifth overall pick in the 2012 draft. (USATSI)

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Justin Blackmon, drafted by the Jaguars with the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, hasn't come close to living up to this first-round billing. He was suspended indefinitely last November for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and the team hasn't had much to say about what kind of progress he is making, though teammates are trying to keep in contact.

"Every now and again, he will respond to my text," Jaguars wide receiver Mike Brown told the Florida Times-Union. "We came into the NFL together and we're halfway close. But I don't get into his personal business. Whatever he has going on, I respect his space.

"I just want him to get better. Whatever the problem is, get it addressed. I'm more concerned about him as a person."

Blackmon's mother, Donna, says she prefers to let her son speak for himself.

"That's my son. I'm mom and try not to be the person that's sharing [information about him]," she said, declining to update the Times-Union on Blackmon's status.

Gunter Brewer, who recruited Blackmon to Oklahoma State, has exchanged texts with the Jaguars' troubled receiver.

"[Blackmon] just said, 'I'm getting help,' and he left it at that," Brewer said. "Most folks [with addiction problems] don't go the first stage of admitting they need help. People want to reach out and help Justin, but I think he feels like he's let them down. He's trying to find his way.

"I know he's getting professional help, but I didn't get into it with him. I'm not sure if it's for alcohol or something else. The first step is admitting you need it, then going to get it."

In May, Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said the team wasn't counting on Blackmon in 2014. A report earlier this month suggested that the team would not release the wide receiver.

In 20 games from 2012-13, Blackmon had 93 receptions for 1,280 yards and six touchdowns, decent numbers made even more impressive when you consider that the Jags had one of the league's worst offenses over that span.

 
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