Jacksonville Jaguars rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon broke out in a big way on Sunday against the Houston Texans, catching seven passes for 236 yards and a touchdown in a 43-37 overtime loss. Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey was not surprised by the huge performance, despite the fact that Blackmon has mostly underwhelmed in his rookie campaign (via the Jaguars' official site):
"He's had the light going on," Mularkey said. "Every press conference I've had (in recent weeks) I've talked about his preparation. Each game he's taken another step. He has gotten better and better every week."
Blackmon's 33.7 yards per reception on Sunday was a team record. The No. 5 overall pick in this year's draft nearly doubled his yards output with the monster effort, as Blackmon entered the game with just 26 catches for 250 yards and one touchdown. While some of those struggles could be attributed to the poor quarterback situation in Jacksonville, many hoped Blackmon would be part of the solution to those problems.
Mularkey and the Jaguars hope this game will kick start Blackmon, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver each of the last two years at Oklahoma State.