Who has the best jersey number on the Eagles? Ranking them from worst to best

Who has the best jersey number on the Eagles? Ranking them from worst to best

Every Eagles fan has had the dream of running out of the tunnel of The Linc (or The Vet) as the stadium PA announcer bellows, “At quarterback… No. 7....” before saying their name amidst a rocking crowd. The position and number may vary depending on the person, but the dream remains the same. Given that the Eagles’ rookies and UDFAs received their new uniforms last week and piggybacking off an idea from the good folks at Bleeding Green Nation Radio, I’ve decided to rank the best and most fitting jersey numbers for the Eagles roster.

It’s not as simple as deciding which numbers are the “coolest.” I’m taking into account the position the player plays, his size, his past performance and his style of play. Here are my tiered uniform numbers rankings of players on the Eagles’ current 90-man roster:

No Numbers Tier

90. OG Johnny Gibson

89. QB Cody Kessler

Yikes. No number is worse than a terrible number! No jersey numbers have been given out yet for these recent roster additions.

Shared Numbers Tier

88. RB Boston Scott #49

87. LB Alex Singleton #49

86. DT Hassan Ridgeway #64

85. OT Tyreek Burwell #66

84. DT Anthony Rush #66

83. C Keegan Render #64

82. DE Daeshon Hall #74

81. DT Kevin Wilkins #78

80. OG Sua Operta #78

79. P Cameron Johnston #1

78. OT Ryan Bates #74

77. WR Deandre Thompkins #1

As a wise man once said, “You can’t have two #1s” because that would make 11. Even if you were a stud running back wearing #25, sharing your jersey number with another player just takes away the special, unique feeling that uniform numbers create to begin with. I’m not an idiot. I know that they have to do this during the point in the offseason when you have a 90-man roster, but roll with me.

Sorry, Boston Scott, but #49 may just be the worst running back number of all time. Feels like the number for a fourth-string fullback on a JV football squad.

The Special Teamers Are People Too Tier

76. LS Rick Lovato #45

75. K Jake Elliott #4

Every long snapper’s goal should be that no one in the fan base knows his number because that means he didn’t screw up at some point.

The I Wish I Wasn’t Born a Lineman Tier

74. C Anthony Fabiano #63

73. OG Nate Berbig #67

72. DE Vinny Curry #75

71. DE Shareef Miller #76

70. OL Stefan Wisniewski #61

69. OG Brandon Brooks #79

68. OT Jordan Mailata #68

67. OL Isaac Seumalo #73

66. OT Andre Dillard #77

65. OT Lane Johnson #65

64. OT Jason Peters #71

63. OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai #72

62. C Jason Kelce #62

Every big-for-their-age adolescent who got stuck playing lineman in CYO and Pop Warner football, much like myself, was extremely jealous of all their smaller friends who got better numbers while they were stuck with the 60s and 70s like a complete afterthought. I feel these linemen’s pain in my hearts, but I cannot lie. These numbers suck.

The “Who Is That Guy?” Tier

61. CB Jay Liggins #46

60. CB Josh Hawkins #48

59. CB Blake Countess #39

58. DB Jeremiah McKinnon #38

57. S Deiondre’ Hall #36

56. S Tre Sullivan #37

55. TE Richard Rodgers #82

54. DB Godwin Igwebuike #33

53. WR Marken Michel #80

52. TE Joshua Perkins #83

51. TE Will Tyle #85

50. WR Braxton Miller #89

49. RB Donnel Pumphrey #35

48. LB BJ Bello #59

47. LB Zach Brown #51

46. S Andrew Sendejo #42

45. LB Joey Alfieri #50

44. LB LJ Fort #58

43. LB Paul Worrilow #52

42. LB TJ Edwards #57

41. RB Josh Adams #33

40. LB Nathan Gerry #47

39. LB Kamu Grugier-Hill #54

These are the players your dad may angrily ask you, “Who is that guy?!?” in the middle of third quarter of a game in late October if they’re on the field. Forgettable numbers from non-marquee players.

The DB Tier

38. CB Jalen Mills #31

37. CB Avonte Maddox #29

36. CB Rasul Douglas #32

35. CB Cre’Von LeBlanc #34

34. S Rodney McLeod #23

33. CB Ronald Darby #21

32. CB Sidney Jones #22

Even bad defensive back numbers are better than almost any other position’s good numbers. #22 is the second-best of them (#20 is tops obviously). It’s being wasted on Sidney Jones. Another disappointing season from the Washington product may result in him needing to give his number away to Avonte Maddox, who is stuck with #29 likely as the result of being a fourth-round pick last year.

Super Bowl Heroes Tier

31. RB Corey Clement #30

30. LB Nigel Bradham #53

29. S Malcolm Jenkins #27

28. DE Chris Long #56 (on the team technically for now)

27. DE Brandon Graham #55

Not the best numbers ever, but the above players’ success has brought them to folk hero status in Philly and I will always associate each of these numbers with them.

The Rules Need to Be Changed Tier

26. WR Greg Ward #6

25. WR Charles Johnson #3

Skill position players should be allowed to wear single-digit numbers that otherwise fall to quarterbacks and special teamers during the regular season. There’s no reason that a guy like DeSean Jackson shouldn’t be allowed to wear #1 like he was in college at Cal. He would look even more electrifying than usual. Players like this just feel effortlessly cool. The NFL should think hard about overhauling their old school uniform number system with this change in mind.

The Nice Tier

24. OL Matt Pryor #69

Nice. Nice.

Sweet Spot Running Back Tier

23. RB Wendell Smallwood #28

22. RB Jordan Howard #24

21. RB Miles Sanders #26

Every running back seems faster with a number in the 20s. If your number is in the 30s, I assume you run a 5.3 40-yard dash.

The I Hope This Guy Doesn’t Play One Meaningful Snap Tier

20. QB Clayton Thorson #8

19. QB Nate Sudfeld #7

Everyone wants to be a quarterback. #7 is the best number of all time. It’s not debatable. A stud number for Nate STUDfeld.

The 1991 Eagles Memorial Tier

18. DE Josh Sweat #94

17. DE Joe Ostman #95

16. DT Bruce Hector #98

15. DT Treyvon Hester #90

14. DT Malik Jackson #97

13. DT Timmy Jernigan #93

12. DE Derek Barnett #96

11. DT Fletcher Cox #91

Throw it back to a trio of dudes just known by their first names. Reggie. Jerome. Clyde. Jersey numbers in the 90s are the perfect move for defensive linemen.

The Modern Receiver Tier

10. WR Carlton Agudosi #14

9. WR Shelton Gibson #18

8. WR Mack Hollins #16

7. WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside #19

6. WR Nelson Agholor #13

5. WR Alshon Jeffery #17

If you’re a traditionalist, you may think it’s sacrilegious for wide receivers to wear anything other than a number in the 80s. If you came up in the era of Twitter while watching DeAndre Hopkins and Odell Beckham Jr. making absurd one-handed catches every week, you’ll (correctly) think receivers wearing a number in the teens is the new wave.

James Thrash and Freddie Mitchell haunt me too much even all these years later to really dig 80s on receivers.

The 12 Personnel Tier

4. TE Zach Ertz #86

3. TE Dallas Goedert #88

I’m one Dallas Goedert red zone touchdown against an NFC East team away from stumbling into the Eagles Pro Shop after a couple of Miller Lites and dropping $100 on his jersey. The league’s best tight end duo deserves these numbers. #88 is great for a straight overpowering beast and #86 is ideal for the nimble, masterful route-runner.

The Franchise Player Tier

2. QB Carson Wentz #11

#11 in your programs, but #1 in your hearts.

The Fastest Man Alive Tier

1. WR DeSean Jackson #10

#10 is the perfect number for a 5-10 wideout with game-breaking speed who’s been a threat to take it 80 yards to the house every time he’s touched the ball for the last decade. The only way this could be better, as I said above, is if the NFL allowed him to wear #1.

I’m going to go try to find an old black Reebok DJacc jersey on eBay now.

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The Eagles will play the rest of today’s game against the Lions without starting cornerback Ronald Darby, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones started the second half with Avonte Maddox as the nickel corner.

Based on the way Darby has played early in the season, this might not be a huge loss. The Eagles came into the game with four corners, so they don’t have a backup left.

Defensive end Derek Barnett (ankle) has returned to the game after previously being listed as questionable.

Meanwhile, Jason Peters (illness) returned to the game in the third quarter, while Andre Dillard (knee) is questionable to return.

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2:28 p.m.: The Eagles just got booed as they left the field from the first half and they absolutely deserved it. A pretty pathetic first-half performance and plenty of frustration at the Linc. 

The Eagles actually outgained the Lions 228-152 in the first half, but mistakes are killing them. The Eagles lost two fumbles in the first half and basically gifted the Lions three points. And they also gave up a kick return touchdown. 

Plenty of time left, but the Eagles really can't afford to lose this game, especially heading to Green Bay this week.  

At half: Lions 20, Eagles 10 

2:18 p.m.: The Eagles desperately needed Nelson Agholor to step up. Instead, he is having an awful game. 

He dropped a crucial third-down pass earlier in the game and he just fumbled away the football with under two minutes left in the first half. Now, the Lions are threatening to extend their lead in the first half. 


2:10 p.m.: The Lions just drove 44 yards on five plays and made a field goal to extend their lead. The Eagles need to settle things down on this next drive and get some points. 

With 3:29 left in the first half: Lions 17, Eagles 10 

2:06 p.m.: Jason Peters and Andre Dillard got injured in the second quarter and now Halapoulivaati Vaitai is in at left tackle. 

Peters (illness), Dillard (knee), Derek Barnett (ankle) are all questionable to return. 

Meanwhile, Miles Sanders just coughed up the football and the Lions got the ball back. It looked like he might have been down, but it was ruled a fumble. Lions are driving. Sanders had a problem with fumbling in college. He fumbled twice on that last drive and lost the second. 

1:50 p.m.: The Eagles responded after a 15-yard OPI against Mack Hollins and should have converted on 3rd-and-6. But Nelson Agholor dropped a first-down pass. He obviously had the bad drop last week in Atlanta. 

Still in the second: Lions 14, Eagles 10 

1:34 p.m.: End of the first quarter. The Eagles are up 10-7 but the Lions are on the 1-yard line as the teams switch sides. 

After 1: Eagles 10, Lions 7

1:20 p.m.: The Eagles’ offense responded beautifully after giving up a kick return touchdown. 

The big play came on a 19-yard scramble from Carson Wentz on 3rd-and-6. He got them down to the goal line. The Eagles ran well on that drive with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. Howard punched in a TD from the goal line with a nice block from Alex Ellis as a lead blocker. 

Still in the first: Eagles 10, Lions 7

1:14 p.m.: The Eagles just gave up a 100-yard kickoff return. Yikes. 

1:10 p.m.: The Eagles finally scored in the first quarter!

Carson Wentz led the Eagles on a 9-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard field goal from Jake Elliott. The Eagles were helped by two penalties from the Lions that led to first downs. They also used some tempo on that drive. 

Miles Sanders also caught a 40-yard pass. 

11:37 a.m.: Dallas Goedert (calf) is active, but we’ll see how much he plays. 

11:15 a.m.: Alshon Jeffery is on the sideline during early warmups with a black compression sleeve on his leg and is not working out. It looks like he’ll be down today. 

11:06 a.m.: Dallas Goedert is out on the field for a second time.

11 a.m.: Rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins should get plenty of reps today.

10:55 a.m.: The Eagles' new Goose Island IPA is on tap.

10:25 a.m.: Dallas Goedert (calf) is questionable today, but just ran routes for a while on the field during early pregame warmups. He looked like he was moving OK, but no indication whether or not he’ll play. Inactives get released at 11:30 a.m. 

10:05 a.m.: Just got down to the sports complex. It’s already pretty warm, but it’s a beautiful day to tailgate. 

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