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Jaguars take first step toward Nick Foles with John DeFilippo

There may be a new front-runner in the Nick Foles sweepstakes.

The Eagles quarterback, who likely will depart Philadelphia this offseason after the team reiterated Tuesday that Carson Wentz remains its starter, will have plenty of suitors after leading the Birds to another playoff berth.

The Jaguars are one of those teams in need of a quarterback, and they’re expected to hire one of the masterminds behind Foles’ magical run last season.

According to various reports Wednesday, the Jags are planning to hire John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator. DeFilippo didn’t last a full season with the Vikings in the same role, but he served as the Eagles’ quarterbacks coach from 2016-17.

That past rapport with Foles could be trouble for the Giants, who could look to their division rivals for their next quarterback, should they decide to move on from 38-year-old Eli Manning.

In six starts under DeFilippo in 2017-18, Foles posted a 5-1 record, 1,508 passing yards and 11 touchdowns en route to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots, and the Jaguars could envision Foles putting up those stats in Jacksonville — if and when Foles is there for the taking.

Foles and the Eagles have a mutual option for the 2019 season, which the quarterback can void (if exercised by the Eagles) by paying the team $2 million to enter free agency. The team also could attempt to trade Foles by exercising the option or by giving him the franchise tag.

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