Soccer is a game of inches and numbers.
If you’re a fan of the NFL, you might notice that something looks a little off when you watch this season’s games: receivers with single-digit numbers, running backs with numbers in the 80s, tight ends with numbers in their teens. .
Your eyes aren’t deceiving you – these are all legitimate numbers now for wide receivers, tight ends, and wings, and the NFL relaxes the rules on which position groups can use certain numbers in the future. While it may be a bit puzzling to watch, the reasoning behind the first major change in the NFL’s number rules since the 1970s is pretty good.
Here’s what you need to know about the NFL changes for the 2021 season:
What is the new NFL numerical rule?
For the 2021 NFL season, various position groups, namely wide receivers, tight ends, running backs, are getting new number brackets, meaning that the number options for an individual player have almost tripled.
Previously, only quarterbacks, punters, and kickers could have uniform single-digit numbers. Now that group has expanded to include tight ends, wide receivers, running backs and defensive running backs.
Here’s how the new number groupings break down:
|Position group||Numeric options||Previous Issue Options|
|Wide receivers||1-49, 80-80||10-19, 80-89|
|Tight ends||1-49, 80-89||40-49, 80-89|
|Defensive line||50-79, 90-99||50-79, 90-99|
|Supporters||1-59, 90-99||40-59, 90-99|
Why did the NFL change the jersey numbers?
There are a few reasons the NFL decided to change the jersey mumber rules. However, the main reason comes from the Kansas City team.
The large size of the rosters (53 players in total, in addition to the practice squad players) can make it difficult for teams to assign numbers to certain position groups, especially for teams that have more than a few numbers withdrawn.
The Chiefs, who proposed the rule change, have four numbers retired in the 20-49 number range – that grouping of numbers was previously reserved for running backs, linebackers and defensive backs.
With COVID-19 changing roster rules in 2020 to include expanded practice squad rosters, limitations on number assignment caused a problem for the Chiefs and several other teams in the NFL, leading to the proposal, which the owners approved in early 2021.
With the relaxed and expanded number brackets, several more position groups are opened up outside of QB, kicker, and kicker to have single-digit numbers – wide receivers, running backs and tight ends have vastly expanded the number options in the field. future. The offensive and defensive lines, however, will not undergo any changes. The same goes for punters, kickers and quarterbacks.
The number change has not been accepted by all: in fact, Tom Brady has been one of the most vocal critics of the rule. Brady, whether he’s just trolling in his old age or he legitimately doesn’t like the rule change, thinks the rule could complicate matters for offenses.
“Good luck trying to block the right people now !!” Brady wrote on his Instagram story when the rule change passed. “He’s going to do a lot of bad football.”
How much does it cost to change an NFL jersey number?
Just as one simply does not enter Mordor, an NFL player simply does not change his number. The price for an NFL player to change his number is quite high, depending on the player.
For an NFL player to change his number for the upcoming season, he must purchase the existing inventory of NFL jerseys ready for retail sale; That is, any jersey ready to be sold at a Dick’s Sporting Goods or Nike Store must be purchased by the player.
Dalvin Cook, who wanted to change his number for the upcoming NFL season, was tasked with paying $ 1.5 million, the price of the remaining jerseys in stock nationwide. That number deterred Cook from wanting to change from his number 33, but it is expected to change for the 2022 NFL season.
If a player wants to change his number for the following season, with proper notification to the NFL, he can change his number without problems.
NFL number changes
Several players, mostly wide receivers, have changed their numbers for the upcoming season to get the most out of the rules:
|Team||Player||Position||New number||Old number|
|Arizona Cardinals||Chase edmonds||RB||2||29|
|Arizona Cardinals||Isaiah Simmons||LB||9||48|
|Arizona Cardinals||Budda baker||S||3||32|
|Atlanta Falcons||Russell gage||WR||14||83|
|Baltimore Ravens||Marquise marquise||WR||5||fifteen|
|Baltimore Ravens||Patrick queen||LB||6||48|
|Buffalo bills||Emmanuel sanders||WR||1||17|
|Carolina Panthers||Dj moore||WR||2||12|
|Chicago bears||Eddie jackson||S||4||39|
|Chicago bears||Damien Williams||RB||8||25|
|Chicago bears||Javon wims||WR||fifteen||83|
|Dallas Cowboys||Donovan Wilson||S||6||37|
|Dallas Cowboys||Jaylon smith||LB||9||54|
|Denver Broncos||KJ Hamler||WR||1||13|
|Detroit lions||Quinton Dunbar||DB||1||22|
|Detroit lions||Mike ford||CB||2||38|
|Detroit lions||Tyrell williams||WR||6||sixteen|
|Detroit lions||Jamie collins||LB||8||58|
|Indianapolis Colts||Parris campbell||WR||1||fifteen|
|Los Angeles Rams||DeSean Jackson||WR||1||10|
|Los Angeles Rams||Robert woods||WR||2||17|
|Los Angeles Rams||Jordan fuller||S||4||32|
|Los Angeles Rams||Darious williams||CB||eleven||31|
|Los Angeles Rams||Jalen ramsey||CB||5||twenty|
|Miami Dolphins||Albert wilson||WR||2||fifteen|
|Miami Dolphins||Will fuller||WR||3||fifteen|
|Miami Dolphins||Lynn bowden||WR||6||fifteen|
|Miami Dolphins||Allen hurns||WR||8||17|
|Miami Dolphins||Noah igbinoghene||CB||9||2. 3|
|Minnesota Vikings||Patrick Peterson||CB||7||twenty-one|
|New England Patriots||Jalen mills||CB||2||twenty-one|
|New England Patriots||Ja’Whaun Bentley||CB||8||51|
|New England Patriots||Matt Judon||LB||9||99|
|New York Giants||Sterling shepard||WR||3||87|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Darius slay||CB||2||24|
|Seattle Seahawks||Akhello Witherspoon||CB||2||2. 3|
|Seattle Seahawks||Quandre Diggs||S||6||37|
|Seattle Seahawks||Carlos dunlap||EDGE||8||43|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Leonard Fournette||RB||7||28|
|Tennessee Titans||July jones||WR||2||eleven|
Incoming rookies are the first class to benefit from the NFL jersey number change. Here are some standout rookies who are taking advantage of the new numbers for the 2021 season:
|Arizona Cardinals||Zaven collins||LB||25|
|Atlanta Falcons||Kyle Pitts||TO||8|
|Carolina Panthers||Jaycee’s Horn||CB||8|
|Cincinnati Bengals||Ja’Marr Chase||WR||1|
|Cleveland browns||Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah||LB||28|
|Dallas Cowboys||Micah Parsons||LB||eleven|
|Denver Broncos||Patrick Surtain II||CB||2|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Travis etienne||RB||1|
|New York Jets||Elijah Moore||WR||8|
|Philadelphia Eagles||DeVonta Smith||WR||6|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Joe Tryon-Shoyinka||LB||9|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.