Justin Blackmon may dodge a bullet.
The fifth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft pleaded not guilty on Monday to an aggravated DUI charge stemming from his arrest late Saturday evening.
Blackmon has already expressed his regret over the incident and says he is going to lay off alcohol for a while. It would have been a significant blow to his rookie season if he had to sit out a game or two, but his case will only go under review of the personal conduct policy if he is convicted.
There is plenty of time for Blackmon to learn from his mistake. Fred Taylor has already reached out to the young receiver, as Alfie Crow wrote about. Smith and head coach Mike Mularkey came down hard on the kid at Wednesday's press conference as well.
The Jaguars and the NFL take these matters very seriously. It's time for Blackmon to start doing the same.