Patriots players change jersey numbers thanks to NFL rule change

With the OTA Patriots starting this week, veteran players received jersey numbers. This year, the list of new Pats numbers is longer as the NFL now allows more positions to have single digit numbers on their jerseys.

In April, the NFL approved a new rule that gives more positions a change to wear certain numbers. Historically, the only players allowed to wear single digit numbers were quarterbacks, kickers, and punters. After the rule change, quarterbacks, running backs, receivers, tight ends, linebackers, defensive backs, kickers and punters can all wear the numbers 1-9.

For the Patriots, three players took advantage of the new single-digit rules. Several others have changed the figures from a year ago. Other new acquisitions also received their figures this week. Rookies, however, will not be given New England numbers until training camp.

Here’s a look at the new Patriots veteran jersey numbers.

20 Dec 2020;  Glendale, Arizona, United States;  Philadelphia Eagles safety Jalen Mills (21) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium.

Jalen Mills, defensive back

Number: 2

To note: Mills signed with the Patriots this offseason and is taking advantage of the new numbers rule. He previously wore 21 and 31 in Philadelphia.

New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) advances to the second quarter of a preseason game against the Titans at Nissan Stadium on Saturday August 17, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Brian Hoyer, quarterback

Number: 5

To note: Hoyer wore No.2 in New England but changed numbers as Mills took No.2 before Hoyer re-signed with the Pats.

Ja'Whaun Bentley catches a fumble from Philadelphia and runs 54 yards for a touchdown in a preseason game in 2018. Bentley could be the starting midline linebacker this season.

Ja’Whaun Bentley, linebacker

Number: 8

To note: Bentley was the first Patriot to announce a change to single digits. He previously wore 51 in New England.

Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Matt Judon celebrates after winning the AFC Wild Card playoff game over the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on January 10, 2021.

Matt Judon, ship’s hunter

Number: 9

To note: The signing of the Patriots’ most prominent defensive free agent, Judon will wear the same number he had at Grand Valley State. He wore No.99 in Baltimore.

Dec 13, 2020;  Paradise, Nevada, United States;  Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor (15) against the Indianapolis Colts during the first half at Allegiant Stadium.

Nelson Agholor, wide receiver

Number: 13

To note: Agholor wore No.15 in Las Vegas, but changed to the same numbers he had in Philadelphia.

New England Patriots safety Kyle Dugger (35) steps out for passing cover in the second half of Sunday's game in Houston.

Kyle Dugger, security

Number: 23

To note: Dugger wore No.35 as a rookie. He will take 23rd place after the retirement of Patrick Chung.

New England Patriots running back Brandon Bolden (38) celebrates after scoring against the New York Giants during the first half at Gillette Stadium.

Brandon Bolden, running back

Number: 25

To note: Bolden wore number 38 for his first eight seasons in the NFL.

Miami Dolphins safety Adrian Colbert (36) nearly landed a pass to New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) in the end zone in the second half.  The Jets defeat the Dolphins 22-21 on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at East Rutherford.

Adrian Colbert, security

Number: 30

To note: Colbert signed with the Patriots last week.

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Tyler Gaffney, running back

Number: 24

To note: Gaffney retired from the NFL to play professional baseball before returning to football.

Former Bishop Manogue and Nevada player Wes Farnsworth participates in the professional day of the Wolf Pack football team where former Pack players trained for the NFL scouts at Mackay Stadium on Wednesday, March 13 2019

Wes Farnsworth, long snapper

Number: 46

To note: Farnsworth is the second long snapper on the list along with Joe Cardona.

Raekwon McMillan of the Miami Dolphins NFL team on April 15, 2019.

Raekwon McMillan, linebacker

Number: 46

To note: McMillan and Farnsworth will share the same number this offseason. This often happens with a list of 90 players.

New England Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi.

Harvey Langi, linebacker

Number: 48

To note: Langi returns to New England after making the squad as an undrafted rookie in 2017.

Atlanta Falcons linebacker LaRoy Reynolds celebrates a victory over the Las Vegas Raiders in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, November 29, 2020 in Atlanta.  (Curtis Compton / Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

LaRoy Reynolds, linebacker

Number: 51

To note: Reynolds takes 51 after Bentley goes to No.8.

Jan 30, 2019;  Atlanta, GA, United States;  New England Patriots center linebacker Kyle Van Noy (53) arrives at a press conference for Super Bowl LIII at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.  Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Van Noy, linebacker

Number: 53

To note: Van Noy returns to New England and resumes his old number.

Linebacker Josh Uche progressed with the Patriots last season.

Josh Uche, linebacker

Number: 55

To note: Uche was 53 as a rookie, but said he was happy to return it to Van Noy.

August 26, 2018;  Orchard Park, NY, United States;  Cincinnati Bengals offensive guard Alex Redmond (62) on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field.  Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Redmond, goalkeeper

Number: 64

To note: Redmond signed with the Patriots last week.

New England Patriots center James Ferentz (66) was added to the reserve / COVID-19 list on Friday.

James Ferentz, center

Number: 65

To note: Ferentz was also one of the Patriots’ late additions last week.

November 8, 2015;  Santa Clara, California, United States;  San Francisco 49ers center Marcus Martin (66) blocks Atlanta Falcons center linebacker Paul Worrilow (55) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium.  The 49ers defeated the Falcons 17-16.  Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Marcus Martin, center

Number: 66

To note: Martin started 14 games in 2015 wearing the number 66.

Ted Karras is back on the team that drafted him, the Patriots.

Ted Karras, goalkeeper / center

Number: 67

To note: Karas wore No.75 with the Patriots from 2016-19, but moved up to 67, a number he wore last season in Miami.

Yodny Cajuste, an offensive lineman the Patriots drafted in the 2019 third round in West Virginia, spent his entire rookie year on the non-football injury roster due to a lower-body injury that 'he suffered before the draft.  He could have a major impact this season.

Yodny Cajuste, tackle

Number: 72

To note: A third-round pick in 2019, Cajuste is still looking to make his NFL debut.

Offensive tackle Trent Brown played last fall in the Raiders' debut season in Las Vegas.

Trent Brown, tackle

Number: 77

To note: Brown wears the number 77 every year he plays in the NFL.

Jonnu Smith (81) should help close a tight-toed gaping hole for the Patriots.

Jonnu Smith, tight toe

Number: 81

To note: Smith gets the same number he wore in Tennessee. That’s the number Randy Moss wore in New England.

Sep 27, 2015;  East Rutherford, NJ, United States;  New York Jets wide receiver Devin Smith (19) catches a pass during warm-ups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Smith, wide receiver

Number: 82

To note: Smith was a second-round pick by the New York Jets in 2015.

The Patriots have agreed to the terms of a new three-year, $ 22.5 million contract with free agent wide receiver Kendrick Bourne.  Its agent, Henry Organ of Disruptive Sports, says the new deal is for three years and could be worth up to $ 22.5 million.

Kendrick Bourne, wide receiver

Number: 84

To note: Bourne wore No. 84 in San Francisco.

Tight end Hunter Henry is excited to see what he and Jonnu Smith can do in the New England offense.

Hunter Henry, tight toe

Number: 85

To note: Henry wore No. 86 in Los Angeles, but moved up to 85. Devin Asiasi is 85 in New England.

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Montravius ​​Adams.

Montravious Adams, defensive tackle

Number: 90

To note: Adams wore that number in Green Bay.

Former Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Davon Godchaux leaves the field after NFL football training camp in Davie, Fla. In 2019. Godchaux recently signed a two-year deal with the USA Patriots. New England.

Davon Godchaux, defensive tackle

Number: 92

To note: Godchaux wore No.56 in Miami, but gets a new number in New England.

DL Henry Anderson, New York Jets to New England Patriots (free agent)

Henry Anderson, defensive lineman

Number: 94

To note: Anderson wore number 96 in his first six seasons in the NFL.

New York Giants quarterback Alex Tanney walks away from New England Patriots defensive end Nick Thurman, right, in the first half of an NFL preseason soccer game on Thursday August 29, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo / Elise Amendola)

Nick Thurman, defensive lineman

Number: 95

To note: Thurman wore No. 92 last year with the Patriots.

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