Jags Coach Gus Bradley Says He Still Trusts Justin Blackmon

Picking up a four-game suspension for a substance abuse violation less than four months after a new head coach has taken over isn’t the best way to make a first impression.

According to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, Bradley still trusts the second-year wide out. He said he’s had “six or seven conversations” with Blackmon already since the suspension was levied earlier this week.

“I told Justin I do trust him,” Bradley said. “We both have to earn each other’s trust and I don’t want trust to be mistaken for being naïve.”

Bradley intends on using the issue with Blackmon as a barometer to set the discipline for the team going forward. With a four-game suspension, Blackmon is now just one more offense away from a full season suspension. The Jaguars will need to hope Bradley’s trust in Blackmon will be rewarded or they could be playing without their former first-round pick for an extensive amount time.

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