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Plenty of first-round draft picks, however, go their entire careers without landing in the substance-abuse policy or on the suspended list.

“You have to do the right thing no matter where you are,” Meester said. “We’re blessed with this opportunity. You’d hate to lose that opportunity because of something dumb you did outside of here. You don’t want that to be the reason you can’t play this game.”

If Blackmon gets another suspension while in the program, it would be for a full season.

“We’re going to see what kind of character he has,” Jones-Drew said.

Blackmon’s four-game hiatus will cost him about$220,000. It also triggered language in his contract that voids future guarantees, meaning the Jaguars could cut him without having to pay about $10 million that remains on a four-year, $18.5 million contract.

Blackmon made it clear he wants to move on from the suspension, but the 23-year-old receiver stopped short of saying he plans to change his lifestyle.

“I’ve just got to make better decisions,” he said. “Like I said, my problem was I made a selfish decision and I apologize for that. I apologized to my teammates and I apologized to my family for it. That’s something that I did and I take full responsibility for it.”