Jaguars expand list for potential GM candidates: Jerry Reese received first interview

John Reid
Florida Times-Union
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Former Giants general manager Jerry Reese is among the candidates interviewed for the Jaguars' general manager job.

A league source confirmed former New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese was the first candidate to be interviewed for the vacant Jaguars general manager job two weeks ago.

Reese served as the Giants general manager from 2007 to 2017 and won two Super Bowls with the franchise when Tom Coughlin was the head coach.

NFL Network reported Sunday that Reese had already interviewed last week. The Jaguars interviewed former Houston Texans' general manager Rick Smith and ESPN's Monday Night Football analyst Louis Riddick last week.

Current Jaguars interim Trent Baalke is expected to be interviewed. 

Sources also confirmed the Jaguars could hire a head coach before a general manager is named to replace Dave Caldwell, who was fired on Nov. 29. 

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Is Meyer a coaching candidate?

There is speculation that Jaguars could have an interest in former Florida Gators and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that two NFL teams had contacted Meyer. There is no confirmed report the Jaguars is one of the two teams, but CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Meyer could receive serious consideration from both the Jaguars and Lions. The Jaguars are likely to part ways with Doug Marrone after the season ends next week against the Indianapolis Colts.

Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. (17) jumps over Bears cornerback Kindle Vildor (22) for the touchdown in the second quarter.

Chark makes TD catch

Receiver DJ Chark Jr. scored his fifth TD this season on a 20-yard catch from QB Mike Glennon in the second quarter. It Chark's second consecutive season with at least five TDs. Chark is the first Jaguars player since wide receiver  Allen Robinson (2015-16) to record back-to-back seasons with at least five receiving TDs. Chark’s five TD catches are tied with WR Keelan Cole Sr. for the most on the team this season. In 13 games in 2020, Chark has caught 53 passes for a team-high 706 yards.

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Schobert shines again

Jaguars linebacker Joe Schobert finished with eight tackles, a strip-sack and an interception. Schobert, who posted both the INT and strip-sack in the first half, joins Steelers safety Mike Hilton as the only players in the NFL this season with an interception and forced fumble in the first half of a game. Schobert’s nine interceptions since 2017 are the most by any NFL linebacker during that span. Through 15 games, Schobert has posted 133 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Offensive leader

Receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. caught a team-high five receptions for 48 yards against the Bears, including a 34-yard touchdown from QB Mike Glennon in the fourth quarter. . Shenault has caught 52 passes for 532 yards and three touchdowns this season. His 52 receptions are the second-most by a Jaguars rookie in franchise history. Shenault became the fourth rookie WR in franchise history to total 50 receptions in a single season.

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Nice debut

Running back Dare Ogunbowale made his first career start Sunday and rushed for a career-high 71 rushing yards. Ogunbowale also caught three passes for 7 yards for a career-best 78 scrimmage yards. Prior to Sunday, Ogunbowale had only four carries for 24 yards after 12 games played. 

Injury update

Fullback Bruce Miller was knocked out of the game with a concussion. Starting left tackle Cam Robinson was forced out with an ankle injury but returned to finish out the game.  The Jaguars inactive for Sunday were quarterback Jake Luton, wide receiver Collin Johnson, running back James Robinson, cornerback Luq Barcoo, linebacker Quincy Williams, tight end Tyler Davis and defensive lineman Caraun Reid.

Gutsy call marred by penalty 

Marrone didn't go away from his gutsy play calling. In the second quarter, the Jaguars went for a fake punt with safety Andrew Wingard getting a direct snap and running for 9 yards that would have been enough for a first down.  However, linebacker Dakota Allen was flagged for holding that nullified the play.

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