Justin Blackmon Excels in First NFL Preseason Action for Jacksonville Jaguars
Rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon made his debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday night, August 17, against the New Orleans Saints. Some fans might question Blackmon after the receiver ended up with a DWI before training camp even opened. After his first NFL preseason game ended, all might be forgiven as far as the fans' perception of the talented wide receiver.
Blackmon finished the game as the Jaguar's leading receiver, catching four passes for 48 yards and one touchdown. It was one of three touchdown passes for a team that is trying to survive while All-Pro running back Maurice Jones-Drew continues to hold out.
Blackmon, who won the Biletnikoff Award two years in a row as college football's best wide receiver, came to the Jaguars with a lot of promise. However, he also has a history of mental lapses thanks to alcohol. The DUI this summer was the second for the youngster, who swore to stop drinking as he started his NFL career.
He was one of the last NFL Draft picks to sign, thanks to questions about his legal issues, but it looks like he never missed a beat. Blackmon caught the first pass of the game, with a 14-yard completion from Blaine Gabbert. He also accounted for the game's first touchdown, on a 16-yard strike to finish the first drive.
The starters, Blackmon included, were finished by halftime. Jacksonville held on to win, 27-24. With the big game by Justin Blackmon, is all forgiven as far as Jaguars' fans are concerned?