The 23-year-old Blackmon was banned in April for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
“His body fat has dropped and his weight has gained,” said Bradley, 47, who was hired in January. “He’s done everything that we’ve asked of him.”
In addition to an ongoing battle with booze, Blackmon had groin surgery and had to be escorted off the sideline for trying to incite a brawl during a preseason game this summer.
The native Oklahoman was previously pinched in 2010 on a misdemeanor DUI complaint in Dallas, Texas.
Sitting at 0-4 in the AFC South and sporting the most anemic attack in the league, Blackmon was coveted by Jacksonville as a speedster capable of spreading the field and moving the chains.
Regardless of Blackmon’s athletic abilities and feel for the position, it is evident that the kid has serious problems with firewater.
With either Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne throwing the ball, the former Cowboy may again seek the bottle.
Amassing 64 receptions for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie, the 6-foot-1, 210 pound Blackmon will immediately be reinserted into the starting lineup when Jacksonville travels to play the Rams on Sunday in St. Louis.
Ideally, rather than just physically, Blackmon has also become mentally and emotionally stronger since the spring.
Unfortunately, nothing indicates that the Jaguars “asked” Justin Blackmon to focus more on his personal problems than the gridiron.by