Report: Panthers ‘lining up’ interview with Jerry Reese for GM opening

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After today’s game, the next order of business for the Panthers is finding a new general manager to replace Marty Hurney. We haven’t heard much on this front save speculation for the last couple of weeks. Today, there’s some actual news to report.

According to some joint reporting at NFL.com, the team is “lining up” an interview with former Giants general manager Jerry Reese.

Reese’s entire career as an executive in the NFL has been with the Giants’ organization. After seven years as an assistant coach at UT-Martin, Reese was first hired by the Giants in 1994 as a College scout. He graduated to Pro scout in 1997, then to Director of player personnel in 2004. He became their GM in 2007 and held the job until 2017.

The team had some considerable success during Reese’s run, including improbable Super Bowl victories over two of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady’s best Patriots teams in 2007 and 2011.

Drafting is of course a team effort but Reese made some solid picks in his time, especially defensive linemen Jason Pierre-Paul and Linval Joseph (2010), cornerback Prince Amukamara (2011), wide receiver Odell Beckham (2014) and safety Landon Collins (2015). As with any GM he also had some notable misses, including offensive tackle Ereck Flowers (2015).

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