Ace Sanders Faces 4 Game Ban For 2014
The Jacksonville Jaguars have another problem on their hands at the wide receiver position. Justin Blackmon was already expecting a large suspension coming his way, but he’s not the only receiver on the team that could miss some games. Add slot man Ace Sanders to the list, as well.
Per various reports, the NFL will suspend Sanders for the first four games of the 2014 NFL season due to violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
The suspension makes carving out a significant role difficult for Sanders, as he was already viewed as little more than a chain-moving possession receiver. At just 5’7”, Sanders is primarily used on screens and quick, short passes.
Regardless of his actual talent and potential, though, his absence for four games solidifies Jacksonville’s starting lineup on offense to start the season, making Cecil Shorts III and rookies Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee the top three receivers for the passing game.
All three of those wide receivers have better size and athleticism than Sanders and could easily secure their roles and never let go. Sanders, meanwhile, is probably looking at the fourth receiver spot as a best case scenario. And that’s if the Jaguars don’t simply just cut him loose in favor of Tandon Doss and some of the other young talent that will have to take his place while he’s away from the team.
Sanders has already removed himself from the team, citing “personal issues” that need tending to. Sanders has publicly admitted he has some type of substance abuse problem, and will be seeking “that help” and trying to get the proper counseling to help him come through on the other side.
Sanders is still a solid talent with some upside, despite size limitations and this latest issue. If he can come back 100%, he may not have the locked in role he had a year ago as a rookie (51 catches) but he’d at least help round out a suddenly improve Jaguars passing game.
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