A wide-brimmed hat and black shorts don't represent the type of uniform Justin Blackmon would be wearing in an ideal situation during Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.

And he would rather be on the receiving end of passes from quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne than from strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski.

But that's what the Jaguars' first-round draft choice of a year ago has been limited to doing thus far. Blackmon is less than five weeks removed from undergoing surgery on his groin and getting him back on the field as soon as possible is a top priority in light of the four-game suspension by the NFL that he'll serve when the regular season begins next month.

"It's just getting this injury taken care of and making sure I don't come back too early and re-injure it" he said Thursday after his teammates practiced in full pads for a little more than two hours. "My whole thing is I feel great. I want to get back out there. But I know it's going to take some time to let it heal."

Blackmon who had a team-high 64 catches for 865 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie has been running routes of no longer than 10 yards during his session with Myslinski on one of the practice fields. His absence has been felt as the Jaguars continue to try finding a wide receiver who can take the attention of opposing teams off Cecil Shorts III.

"It was just something in OTAs that I tweaked" he said of his injury. "We tried to rehab it and everything. But I went and saw a doctor and it needed to be taken care of. And since we had the time that's what we did."

While his statistics of a year ago were not unimpressive Blackmon could have been poised for a breakout season if not for his health and his latest violation of the league's substance abuse policy. New offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch has brought in an up-tempo system similar to what Blackmon was part of while an All-American at Oklahoma State catching passes from Brandon Weeden now the starting quarterback with the Cleveland Browns.

"We're not going to get up to 95 plays a game like we did at Oklahoma State" he said. "But it's going to be a lot faster tempo than we had last year and a lot of chances for a lot of people to make plays."

Instead he has to be content with being something of a volunteer assistant coach.