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Rotowire: Aug 4 / 10:26a ET
News: The Jaguars have still not had contact with Blackmon and are not expecting him to return to the team, ESPN reports. "I have not heard anything and I guess I harbor a little bit of hope but realistically I think when you're away from the game for two-and-a-half years what you were once is not what you probably will be," GM David Caldwell said. "Your skills do erode and especially if you're not staying in tip-top shape and you're not in football shape."
Impact: Caldwell indicated that the team has not been in contact with the former first-round pick, who last played in Week 8 of the 2013 season before being suspended for his third violation of the league's substance-abuse policy. While the Jaguars have not made an effort to reach out to Blackmon, it's interesting to note that they have not completely moved on. Caldwell's comments seem to suggest that Blackmon can't be the player he once was, but the team has not cut him and Caldwell has stated on multiple occasions that they do not plan to do so. For now, Blackmon remains on the reserve/suspended list, meaning he does not count against the cap or roster limit. As such, his contract is considered "paused" at the time of his suspension, so the Jaguars retain his rights. Blackmon, should he ever return to the NFL, would have roughly two-and-a-half years remaining on his rookie contract.
StatsLLC: Aug 4 / 12:00a ET
News: The Jacksonville Jaguars are losing hope that Blackmon will return.
Impact: General manager Dave Caldwell said Tuesday he's had no contact with Blackmon in some time. He adds that he expects Blackmon's skills to be diminished after nearly two years away from football.