Jaguars Moving Forward without WR Justin Blackmon
(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- Jacksonville Jaguars general manager David Caldwell isn't expecting much from suspended wide receiver Justin Blackmon in 2014.
Blackmon is serving an indefinite suspension after violating the league's substance-abuse policy a third time and Caldwell said on Friday that the team is playing as if he won't return this season.
"It would be something that would be relatively surprising," Caldwell said. "Haven't gotten a whole lot of updates from the league [of] where he's at or from Justin, to be honest with you."
The Jaguars may be forced to use their No. 3 pick on a wide receiver like Sammy Watkins on Thursday in the first round of the NFL draft.
"Without having contact, we just have to protect the team now," Head coach Gus Bradley said. "We've got to do what's right for the organization, so we have to continue to move forward and project that. We've got to get some guys in here at that spot, and that's why you've heard Dave talk about wide receiver is a need because of that."
Blackmon was the fifth overall pick in 2012 and caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns that year, but was suspended indefinitely last November by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.