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Chad Henne hails "tremendous" Justin Blackmon

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne praises the way wide receiver Justin Blackmon has responded to his troubles off the field.

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne has praised wide receiver Justin Blackmon for how he has dealt with his off-the-field issues.

Blackmon recently returned from a four-match ban for his second violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy in the last year, while his chequered past also includes two arrests in the last three years.

However, while the 23-year-old may have something of a reputation amongst the public, Henne insists that he has taken major strides in his life and has become a "tremendous" person.

"Everybody sees all the off-the-field issues and all we see is him working hard, getting better as a player and as a person," Henne told reporters.

"He's just a tremendous guy. I respect what he's gone through and how he's handled it. He's really come a long way."

The Jaguars are currently bottom of the AFC South having failed to win any of their opening six matches.

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