Jaguars coach Gus Bradley said Tuesday that Justin Blackmon’s past problems remain “in the back of my mind,’’ but he is willing to give the troubled wide receiver a fresh start.

Although Bradley said he knows “some things have happened’’ in Blackmon’s past, he said, “I base it on my dealings with him. We’ve had extended conversations. He looks me in the eye when he’s talking to me. When I talk to him about trust and things like that, I feel it hits home with him. He responds the way I hope he responds.

“I understand it’s a process. I’m not naïve to that, but I love the challenge,’’ Bradley said. “When he comes in the mornings and visits with me, it’s been great.’’

Bradley said he doesn’t call Blackmon into his office when they visit.

“It’s not every morning, but it’s not me calling him. I’m sitting in there and he knocks and says, ‘Gus, can I visit with you?’ He sits down and we visit,’’ he said.

It almost sounds like Bradley is being coach and therapist for Blackmon.

Bradley said the way he grew up, “You trust people right from the start because they’ve never done anything wrong to you.

“I’m not going to change who I am, so I trust him,’’ Bradley said. “He’s never done anything wrong with me. It’d be different if I was talking to him and I didn’t feel like we were connecting at all. I do feel a connection.’’

Blackmon pleaded guilty last July to a misdemeanor aggravated DUI charge in Oklahoma after he was arrested with a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit.

Blackmon was then suspended for the first four games of the upcoming season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He said Monday he doesn’t have an alcohol or substance abuse problem, but has a problem with making poor decisions.

When Bradley was asked if’s talked with Blackmon about having problems twice in less than a year, Bradley said, “We have. I keep challenging him, how do you want to handle this. I want him to take ownership. Don’t tell me what I want to hear. He’ll start talking about things so then I get a little bit more of what is important to him and then try to guide him in different directions. I really think it’s important for him to own it.’’

Bradley said he stresses don’t look too far ahead.

“Just talk about today. Get every ounce he can out of today. That’s what Justin and I talk about,’’ he said.