The Jaguars are slowly getting back to full strength as a team.
On Monday, it was announced that wide receiver Justin Blackmon and rookie defensive back Johnathan Cyrpien have been removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list and will be allowed to begin practicing again.
This is good news for the team, who needs both young stars to help both in the receiving corps and on the back line of the defense.
Blackmon will be able to practice with the team and is eligible to play in the team’s final three preseason games, but must sit out the first four regular season contests. The former Oklahoma State star has been suspended for the first month of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Cyprien, a rookie from Florida International, has already been penciled in by the coaching staff as a day one starter. Cyprien had injured his hamstring in an off-field incident.
For Blackmon, it is a chance to prove he still belongs on this team following an incident on Friday night involving the Miami Dolphins.
According to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com, “Blackmon reportedly has struggled at times with his maturity, which showed up again Friday night when he got into a yelling match with Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll.”
The story by Rosenthal further explained that Blackmon also, “Went back and forth with Jaguars teammate Jason Babin before Maurice Jones-Drew dragged Blackmon to the locker room.”
The situation has been discussed with head coach Gus Bradley who has reportedly stated the incident was nothing serious.
The Jaguars play the Jets on Saturday. Whether either player will be in the lineup for the game is not known yet.
Blackmon caught 64 passes for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie last season.
Both Blackmon and fellow veteran receiver Cecil Shorts gives the team two young receives who can move the chains and catch the deep pass, whether it is from Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne.