According to information supplied by various people close enough to Justin Blackmon to know, the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round draft choice never met R. Jay Soward or Reggie Williams or Matt Jones or Jimmy Smith.
But with his arrest early Sunday morning arrest on a DUI charge, the player chosen with the fifth overall pick in the NFL Draft six weeks ago has been lumped with many of the troubled wide receivers in Jaguars history.
In much the same way, there have been some flimsy attempts at a link with Dez Bryant, the problematic Dallas wide receiver who also played at Oklahoma State.
But the folks in Jacksonville who operate the Jaguars have, over the past two days, quickly suggested they aren't buying it. They have at least privately disavowed the notion that the franchise carries some kind of crazy curse when it comes to wide receivers. So have people in Stillwater, Okla., where both Bryant and Blackmon plied their college careers and created their share of issues.