The first receiver Jaguars coach Gus Bradley mentioned Monday when asked about replacing suspended Justin Blackmon was a bit of a surprise.

Bradley singled out Stephen Burton. The 23-year-old Burton joined the Jaguars on Sept. 1 after being claimed off waivers from Minnesota. He’s missed the last five games with a concussion.

Bradley admitted the situation wasn’t “ideal” considering the time Burton missed, but that he had to step up in Blackmon’s absence. Blackmon will miss the rest of the season after being suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy again.

“We’ve always been intrigued by him,” Bradley said. “He’s 6-1, 220 pounds and [runs a] 4.4. We’ve been really developing him to see what he can do. Can a guy like Stephen Burton make strides? That’s our objective as a coaching staff. What we’d like to see is let’s see how he progresses and can he help continue the offense in the right direction?”

The Jaguars are hopeful Burton can give the passing game a contribution when the Jaguars (0-8) travel to face AFC South rival Tennessee (4-4) on Sunday. The Titans rank seventh in the NFL in pass defense.

Bradley talked to Burton on the flight back from London following the team’s 42-10 loss to San Francisco on Oct. 27. The message was clear.

“He sat me down and explained some things," Burton said. “He let it be known. He told me, ‘You’re going to get your opportunity coming up at Tennessee. Go out there, have fun and do what you’ve been doing your whole life.’”

Burton said the conversation meant a great deal to him.

“It showed the belief that he has in me,” Burton said. “He’s confident in my ability to perform. It really is great to have the head coach on your side and rooting for you.”

Burton is a relative unknown. He was a seventh-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2011, who spent two seasons with the Vikings before being released. He caught seven passes for 73 yards in Minnesota.

After not catching a pass in the season opener against Kansas City, Burton was a factor for the Jaguars. He caught seven combined passes for 65 yards in games against Oakland and Seattle.

“Maybe a situation like this will light a fuse for him where he sees this opportunity and now will capture it,” Bradley said. “He’s one that we’re trying to help speed up his maturity process. I think that’s what’s held him back. This young man has got some potential. We’re going to try to speed it up and get him to where we can trust him, the quarterbacks can trust him and his teammates trust him. ”