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Washington reveals new jersey numbers following cut day

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The Washington Football Team had a busy offseason, taking steps to add depth and shore up positions from linebacker to wide receiver to quarterback. With the new arrivals comes the task of assigning each player a number in Burgundy and Gold for this upcoming season.

Washington announced via Twitter the new numbers some players will wear in 2021 (pending league approval). Keep in mind, many of these numbers used to be occupied before the 53-man roster was finalized this week, but were available after cuts were made. Cam Sims, for example, was already rostered under a different number (89) but took a new number once he made the final roster.

Here’s each player’s new number, plus a little context to go with each:

Adam Humphries, WR, no. 13

Humphries arrived as part of Ron Rivera’s need to give Ryan Fitzpatrick a receiver not named Terry McLaurin. Washington signed the six-year veteran in March, and he’ll wear (hopefully not unlucky) no. 13. He hasn’t worn that number in the pros, but wore it while he was tearing it up as a WR at Clemson from 2011-2014. He was a captain his senior year.

Last no. 13: Kelvin Harmon, WR, 2019-20


Bobby McCain, S, no. 20

Washington’s secondary has shifted a lot since the conclusion of the 2020 season, including the signing of Bobby McCain on a one-year deal from Miami. McCain has never worn no. 20 before, neither in his time in the pros nor at Memphis where he played for four years. Twenty is a quintessential DB number, so D.C. fans are hoping McCain wears it well.

Last no. 20: Jimmy Moreland, CB, 2019-20

Cam Sims, WR, no. 11

Sims has been in Washington since 2018, where he’s worn no. 89 to date. He made the cut in the WR corps, which is looking very deep all of a sudden (something that hasn’t been true in D.C. for a few years). No. 11 is also new to Sims, as he wore no. 17 in college at Alabama. Sims takes no. 11 from the newly retired Alex Smith, who won over hearts in the nation’s capital with his miraculous comeback story.

Last no. 11: Alex Smith, QB, 2018-20

Jaret Patterson, RB, no. 32

Patterson has absolutely wowed coaches in Washington ever since the team signed him as a UFA out of Buffalo. He solidified his spot in the 53-man roster with an incredible preseason, which was good enough to catch the eye of some other running back named Barry Sanders. Patterson wore no. 26 at Buffalo but will move to 32 in D.C.

Last no. 32: Danny Johnson, CB, 2018-20

Dax Milne, WR, no. 15

Milne was, at one point, a walk-on wide receiver at BYU. He had a meteoric rise there to the point where Washington felt confident enough in the young wideout to draft him the seventh round in 2021. Milne wore a few numbers in college, but never 15. He’ll join Sims, Humphries and Carter as the wide receivers in D.C. who will have new threads.

Last no. 15: Steven Sims, WR, 2019-20

DeAndre Carter, WR, no. 1

Wearing no. 1 is a big statement in any sport, basically telling the world you’re the best at what you do. DeAndre Carter is ready for that challenge. He went undrafted out of Sacramento State in 2015 and has bounced around to eight teams in the NFL since then. Ron Rivera gave him a shoutout thanks to his impressive training camp, particularly for his return abilities. He hasn’t worn no. 1 in the pros yet, but with some decent blocking, Carter could be sprinting past defenses and into the end zone on special teams in 2021.


Last no. 1: John Potter, K, 2013


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