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On Friday the Jacksonville Jaguars GM David Caldwell spoke about the man who has sat in the shadows for the Jaguars since November.

Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended indefinitely without pay by the league in 2013 for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Blackmon can reapply for reinstatement to the league before next season but even the Jaguars GM has labelled his return as a luxury.

The former fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft could bring something new to the Jaguars who struggled at the start of the 2013 season after going 0-8 as they entered their bye week.

Jacksonville finished the season with a 4-12 losing record and will now have the third overall pick in this years NFL Draft.

So what exactly could Blackmon bring to the Jaguars should he be reinstated and they given the luxury Caldwell spoke of?

Well his NFL career doesn't spread too far, in fact he has only played in 20 career professional football matches but he still offers some impressive statistics.

He has still amassed over 1,200 yards in 20 games, 18 of which were starts and have culminated in six touchdowns.

Blackmon did come with some impressive stats from his college football too, after playing in 38 games for Oklahoma State, he had over 3,500 yards and brought in a massive 40 touchdowns in three years.

So it goes without saying that Blackmon can be a very effective receiver to a team, but what about the 2014 version of the Jaguars?

Well its widely regarded as a younger team and one man who will be lining up at wide receiver for Jacksonville next season will be Cecil Shorts.

Shorts has been with Jacksonville for three years and in that time played in 37 games, only 22 of which were starts however and with a total of 1,786 yards for 11 touchdowns, he doesn't exactly boast the most impressive stats in the league.

Mike Brown and Ace Sanders are the two men likely to complete the starting choices for the Jaguars and with a combined 930 yards between them last year, surely Jacksonville will be considering strengthening the position in the draft.

But where next for Blackmon?

Well there is always the hope that the league could change their stance on his suspension and give him a way back into the NFL....

Not many people will be putting their hopes on that one though.

The Jaguars could release him without having to pay a cent so there is little risk in them choosing to keep him on the roster since his suspension stops him from earning a wage anyway.

Maybe, in a very daring world, another franchise could attempt to trade for him if they were that confident his suspension would be lifted, this one seems the most unlikely of the three scenarios though.

Whatever lies ahead for Blackmon however, it is clear that everyone involved needs the league to say yes to his reinstatement and there doesn't seem to be many people, not even the Jaguars GM who sees that happening.

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