Justin Blackmon hasn’t played a down in a long, long time but he continues to make news because of the immense talent he possessed. While the Jacksonville Jaguars are more than willing to move on from the troubled receiver, the Toronto Argonauts seem willing to take a chance.
"Under the “Ricky Williams rule” instituted nearly a decade ago, any player suspended by another professional football league (NFL, Arena) would be ineligible to play in the CFL, until that discipline is rescinded. Blackmon’s run in Jacksonville has been mired with discipline issues. He was twice suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy in 2013 and remains under “indefinite suspension” for reportedly failing more drug tests.He has had two DUI offences and last July was charged with marijuana possession.There is no questioning Blackmon’s talent and explosiveness. At six-foot-one and 210 pounds, the two-time Biletnikoff Award winner in college led all NFL rookies in catches (64) and receiving yards (865) in the 2012 season. By the following spring, however, he was slapped with his first substance-abuse suspension, and then had surgery on his groin. Four months later, he received his indefinite suspension after testing positive again."
"Thomas suffered a fractured bone in his hand in the preseason opener, but the Jaguars had expected him to be ready for their regular-season opener.He wore a cast for two weeks and had further tests Monday, which revealed the ligaments that anchor his middle finger to his hand were not tightening as quickly as hoped."
"Bortles is a true pro-style quarterback who has flashed huge improvement in the offseason. … there’s promise on the horizon for better mechanics, accuracy and decision-making. … he also stands to benefit from improved personnel on the O-line and in his playmakers, notably a potential jump forward from Robinson and a better red-zone presence with Thomas. … is a good runner who could see an uptick in rushing touchdowns."
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