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2021 NFL season: What jersey numbers will rookies wear?

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This year’s NFL rookies will have more choices than ever when it comes to their jersey numbers, thanks to a rule change in April that gives more flexibility for players at several positions. Though Tom Brady says he’s not a fan, the league’s newest members are enjoying the opportunity to hang on to their college number or take a new number. 

Here’s a look at which numbers the most notable NFL rookies will be wearing in the fall:

Which number will NFL’s top rookies wear?

Trevor Lawrence: When he takes his long-awaited first snap for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the No. 1 pick will be wearing his familiar No. 16.

Zach Wilson: Though Wilson wore No. 11 and No. 1 at BYU, he plans to don No. 2, same as his selection in the draft, when he takes the field for the New York Jets.

 

Trey Lance: The 49ers’ future franchise quarterback will wear No. 5 in the NFL just as he did at North Dakota State. 

Kyle Pitts: With the Falcons, Pitts is taking advantage of the relaxed rule and claiming the No. 8, previously off-limit to tight ends.

Ja’Marr Chase: Cincinnati's first-round pick will make team history as the first Bengal to wear No. 1.

Jaylen Waddle: The first wide receiver off the board this year will retain the No. 17 he wore at Alabama when he takes the field for the Miami Dolphins.

Jaycee Horn: The No. 8 pick will wear No. 8 for the Carolina Panthers -- to honor not only his draft selection, but also the late Kobe Bryant.

Patrick Surtain II: The No. 9 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft will wear No. 2 for the Denver Broncos this upcoming season. Like Horn, who was picked one spot ahead of him, Surtain II will be a single-digit corner as a rookie.

 

DeVonta Smith: As an Eagle, Smith will be keeping the No. 6 he wore at Alabama. Prior to the rule change, he would not have been allowed to have a single-digit number as a wide receiver.

Justin Fields: The former Ohio State and Georgia quarterback will hang on to No. 1 as a Bear.

As rookies begin to prepare for their first season in the NFL, their teams have started to announce their jersey numbers. Here’s a team-by-team look at what jersey numbers each rookie draft pick will be wearing in 2021:

Arizona Cardinals

  • Zaven Collins: No. 25
  • Rondale Moore: No. 85
  • Marco Wilson: No. 20
  • Victor Dimukeje: No. 92
  • Tay Gowan: No. 32
  • James Wiggins: No. 38
  • Michal Menet: No. 72

Atlanta Falcons

  • Kyle Pitts: No. 8
  • Richie Grant: No. 27
  • Jalen Mayfield: No. 77
  • Darren Hall: No. 34
  • Drew Dalman: No. 67
  • Ta'Quon Graham: No. 95
  • Adetokunbo Ogundeji: No. 92
  • Avery Williams: No. 35
  • Frank Darby: No. 88

Baltimore Ravens

  • Rashod Bateman: No. 12
  • Odafe Oweh: No. 99
  • Ben Cleveland: No. 66
  • Brandon Stephens: No. 21
  • Tylan Wallace: No. 16
  • Shaun Wade: No. 29
  • Daelin Hayes: No. 59
  • Ben Mason: No. 38

Buffalo Bills

  • Gregory Rousseau: No. 50
  • Boogie Basham: No. 96
  • Spencer Brown: No. 79
  • Tommy Doyle: No. 72
  • Marquez Stevenson: No. 5
  • Damar Hamlin: No. 31
  • Rachad Wildgoose: No. 32
  • Jack Anderson: No. 66

Carolina Panthers

  • Jaycee Horn: No. 8
  • Shi Smith: No. 12
  • Keith Taylor Jr.: No. 28
  • Chuba Hubbard: No. 30
  • Thomas Fletcher: No. 46
  • Brady Christensen: No. 70
  • Phil Hoskins: No. 71
  • Deonte Brown: No. 77
  • Tommy Tremble: No. 82
  • Terrace Marshall: No. 88
  • Daviyon Nixon: No. 94

Chicago Bears

  • Justin Fields: No. 1
  • Khalil Herbert: No. 24
  • Thomas Graham Jr.: No. 27
  • Larry Borom: No. 75
  • Teven Jenkins: No. 76
  • Dazz Newsome: No. 83
  • Khyiris Tonga: No. 95

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Ja’Marr Chase: No. 1
  • Jackson Carman: No. 79
  • Joseph Ossai: No. 58
  • Cameron Sample: No. 96
  • Tyler Shelvin: No. 99
  • D’Ante Smith: No. 70
  • Evan McPherson: No. 2
  • Trey Hill: No. 63
  • Chris Evans: No. 25
  • Wyatt Hubert: No. 56

Cleveland Browns

  • Anthony Schwartz: No. 10
  • Greg Newsome II: No. 20
  • Demetric Felton: No. 25
  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: No. 28
  • Richard LeCounte III: No. 39
  • Tony Fields II: No. 42
  • James Hudson III: No. 66
  • Tommy Togiai: No. 93

Dallas Cowboys

  • Micah Parsons: No. 11
  • Kelvin Joseph: No. 24
  • Osa Odighizua: No. 75
  • Chauncey Golston: No. 59
  • Nahshon Wright: No. 40
  • Jabril Cox: No. 48
  • Josh Ball: No. 76
  • Simi Fehoko: No. 81
  • Quinton Bohanna: No. 98
  • Israel Mukuamu: No. 38
  • Matt Farniok: No. 68

Denver Broncos

  • Pat Surtain II: No. 2
  • Javonte Williams: No. 33
  • Quinn Meinerz: No. 77
  • Baron Browning: No. 56
  • Caden Sterns: No. 30
  • Jamar Johnson: No. 41
  • Seth Williams: No. 19
  • Kary Vincent Jr.: No. 35
  • Jonathon Cooper: No. 53
  • Marquiss Spencer: No. 51

Detroit Lions

  • Amon-Ra St. Brown: No. 14
  • Ifeatu Melifonwu: No. 26
  • Jermar Jefferson: No. 28
  • Alim McNeill: No. 54
  • Derrick Barnes: No. 55
  • Penei Sewell: No. 58
  • Levi Onwuzurike: No. 75

Green Bay Packers

  • Eric Stokes: No. 21
  • Josh Myers: No. 71
  • Amari Rodgers: No. 8
  • Royce Newman: No. 70
  • Tedarrell Slaton: No. 93
  • Shermar Jean-Charles: No. 22
  • Cole Van Lanen: No. 78
  • Isaiah McDuffie: No. 58
  • Kylin Hill: No. 32

Houston Texans

The Texans have not announced the jersey numbers for any of their rookies yet.

Indianapolis Colts

  • Kwity Paye: No. 51
  • Dayo Odeyingbo: 54
  • Kylen Granson: No. 83
  • Shawn Davis: No. 31
  • Sam Ehlinger: No. 4
  • Mike Strachan: No. 17
  • Will Fries: No. 75

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Travis Etienne: No. 1
  • Jalen Camp: No. 12
  • Trevor Lawrence: No. 16
  • Tyson Campbell: No. 32
  • Andre Cisco: No. 38
  • Walker Little: No. 72
  • Luke Farrell: No. 89
  • Jordan Smith: No. 92
  • Jay Tufele: No. 97

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Cornell Powell: No. 14
  • Creed Humphrey: No. 52
  • Nick Bolton: No. 54
  • Joshua Kaindoh: No. 59
  • Trey Smith: No. 65
  • Noah Gray: No. 83

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Alex Leatherwood: No. 70
  • Trevon Moehrig: No. 25
  • Tyree Gillespie: No. 37
  • Nate Hobbs: No. 39
  • Divine Deablo: No. 49
  • Malcolm Koonce: No. 56
  • Jimmy Morrissey: No. 65

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Rashawn Slater: No. 70
  • Asante Samuel Jr.: No. 26
  • Joshua Palmer: No. 5
  • Tre’ McKitty: No. 88
  • Chris Rumph II: No. 94
  • Brenden Jaimes: No. 64
  • Nick Niemann: No. 31
  • Larry Rountree III: No. 35
  • Mark Webb: No. 29

Los Angeles Rams

  • Tutu Atwell: No. 15
  • Ernest Jones: No. 50
  • Bobby Brown III: No. 95
  • Robert Rochell: No. 31
  • Jacob Harris: No. 87
  • Earnest Brown IV: No. 90
  • Jake Funk: No. 34
  • Ben Skowronek: No. 81
  • Chris Garrett: No. 48

Miami Dolphins

  • Jaylen Waddle: No. 17
  • Jaelan Phillips: No. 15
  • Jevon Holland: No. 22
  • Liam Eichenberg: No. 74
  • Hunter Long: No. 84
  • Larnel Coleman: No. 79
  • Gerrid Doaks: No. 23

Minnesota Vikings

  • Christian Darrisaw: No. 71
  • Kellen Mond: No. 11
  • Chazz Surratt: No. 41
  • Wyatt Davis: No. 51
  • Patrick Jones II: No. 93
  • Kene Nwangwu: No. 26
  • Camryn Bynum: No. 43
  • Janarius Robinson: No. 95
  • Ihmir Smith-Marsette: No. 15
  • Zach Davidson: No. 40
  • Jaylen Twyman: No. 76

New England Patriots

The Patriots have not announced the jersey numbers for any of their rookies yet.

New Orleans Saints

  • Payton Turner: No. 98
  • Paulson Adebo: No. 29
  • Ian Book: No. 16
  • Landon Young: No. 67
  • Kawaan Baker: No. 14
  • Pete Werner: No. 20

New York Giants

  • Kadarius Toney: No. 89
  • Azeez Ojulari: No. 51
  • Aaron Robinson: No. 33
  • Elerson Smith: No. 58
  • Gary Brightwell: No. 37
  • Rodarius Williams: No. 25
  • Brett Heggie: No. 61
  • Jake Burton: No. 70
  • Raymond Johnson III: No. 91

New York Jets

  • Zach Wilson: No. 2
  • Alijah Vera-Tucker: No. 75
  • Elijah Moore: No. 8
  • Michael Carter: No. 32
  • Jamien Sherwood: No. 44
  • Michael Carter II: No. 30
  • Jason Pinnock: No. 41
  • Hamsah Nasirildeen: No. 45
  • Brandin Echols: No. 25
  • Jonathan Marshall: No. 96

Philadelphia Eagles

  • DeVonta Smith: No. 6
  • Landon Dickerson: No. 51
  • Milton Williams: No. 93
  • Zech McPhearson: No. 27
  • Kenneth Gainwell: No. 14
  • Marlon Tuipulotu: No. 90
  • Tarron Jackson: No. 75
  • JaCoby Stevens: No. 30
  • Patrick Johnson: No. 48

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Najee Harris: No. 22
  • Pat Freiermuth: No. 88
  • Kendrick Green: No. 53
  • Dan Moore: No. 65
  • Buddy Johnson: No. 51
  • Quincy Roche: No. 48
  • Tre Norwood: No. 21
  • Pressley Harvin: No. 6

San Francisco 49ers

  • Trey Lance: No. 5
  • Trey Sermon: No. 28
  • Talanoa Hufanga: No. 29
  • Deommodore Lenoir: No. 38
  • Ambry Thomas: No. 41
  • Elijah Mitchell: No. 49
  • Aaron Banks: No. 62
  • Jaylon Moore: No. 76

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks have not announced the jersey numbers for any of their rookies yet.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Joe Tryon: No. 9
  • Kyle Trask: No. 2
  • Robert Hainsey: No. 70
  • Jaelon Darden: No. 1
  • K.J. Britt: No. 52
  • Chris Wilcox: No. 29
  • Grant Stuard: No. 48

Tennessee Titans

  • Caleb Farley: No. 23
  • Dillon Radunz: No. 75
  • Monty Rice: No. 56
  • Elijah Molden: No. 24
  • Dez Fitzpatrick: No. 10
  • Rashad Weaver: No. 99
  • Racey McMath: No. 81
  • Brady Breeze: No. 33

Washington Football Team

  • Dyami Brown: No. 2
  • Benjamin St-Juste: No. 25
  • Jaret Patterson: No. 35
  • Darrick Forrest: No. 48
  • Jamin Davis: No. 52
  • Camaron Cheeseman: No. 54
  • William Bradley-King: No. 56
  • Shaka Toney: No. 58
  • Samuel Cosmi: No. 62
  • Dax Milne: No. 84
  • John Bates: No. 87