Jaguars, Blackmon still talking

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Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon is the only rookie who has yet to sign a contract, but the two sides continue discussions.
The hang-up is the franchise seeking bonus and salary protection if their first-round pick Blackmon runs afoul of the law. He has had two DUI-related arrests in three years and reached a plea deal in his latest arrest, which could lead to NFL punishment under the league off-field conduct policy.
Blackmon's physical talents are unquestioned. He showed enough during the team's offseason workouts to know he can play at this level. However, he had some problems with his route-running, an area that plagued him in college as well. That's the biggest concern the coaching staff has in his not being in training camp.
"Anybody not here has missed ... meetings of installation and detailing everything we've put in to this point," coach Mike Mularkey said. "Every meeting that's missed is a lost opportunity to be in the classroom in a teaching environment."
Also absent from Jaguars' training camp is Maurice Jones-Drew. The running back and reigning NFL rushing leader is unhappy with the terms of his contract. The Jaguars -- owner Shad Khan, general manager Gene Smith and Mularkey -- maintain that they will not negotiate a new deal with Jones-Drew. That, of course, is subject to change. Talks could be accelerated if Jones-Drew shows up for camp.

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