A couple of days after announcing its coaching staff, the Jacksonville Jaguars now turn to the scouting department and personnel staff, announcing the additions of Tom Gamble as the team’s senior personnel executive and Ryan Stamper as the team’s director of player assessment.
It was already known before that Gamble would be heading to Jacksonville as general manager Trent Baalke made that much clear during his introductory press conference, noting that Gamble was already on staff with the Jaguars, working with Gamble.
“Tom and Ryan are key additions to the personnel department,” said Baalke today in a statement released by the team. “Tom brings 30 years of NFL experience in player personnel, and, given our extensive history together, his counsel, expertise, and wealth of relationships in the business will help us in every aspect of player acquisition and retention.”
Gamble worked with Baalke as the San Francisco 49ers’ assistant general manager in 2016, while re-joining its staff in 2015. He spent seven years from 2005-12 working with the 49ers during his first stint with the team.
He ultimately would leave the 49ers in 2017, and eventually re-surfaced with the Montreal Alouettes in 2020, however, its season was canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Gamble is entering his 30th season in the NFL.
Stamper, a Jacksonville native, spent the past nine years with the Ohio State Buckeyes. His most recent title with OSU was assistant athletic director, player development — a position he was promoted to in 2018. In that role, Stamper served as an administrative resource for players in all areas of their development.
“As a native of Jacksonville, Ryan knows this area, and his track record of working with young men and preparing them for life on and off the field is impressive and well documented,” continued Baalke.
“He will play an important role in helping us bridge the gap between player acquisition, player development and player retention. The energy and expertise that both Tom and Ryan bring to the organization will serve us well as we strive to build a winner, both on and off the field, in Jacksonville.”
Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer has known Stamper for quite some time, even prior to the two’s most recent reunion with the Buckeyes. From 2006-09, Stamper played linebacker for Meyer at the University of Florida. The Gators would go on to win two National Championship games in 2006 and 2008, respectively.
While Stamper will take the role of director of player assessment, the Jaguars have stated that Marcus Pollard, the team’s Director of Player Engagement and Youth Football, remains on staff.