With New England’s 53-man roster finally set, a handful of Patriots found themselves in need of some new numbers.
And here’s where they landed for Sunday’s first practice of the regular season…
WR N’Keal Harry goes from No. 8 → No. 15
It’s been a crazy summer of numbers for 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry. Drafted out of Arizona State, where he wore No. 1 for the Sun Devils, Harry arrived at Patriots camp wearing No. 50, and switched to No. 8 for the preseason. But the 21-year-old will go to a more traditional wideout number for the 2019 season, as he’s taken No. 15.
Wide receiver Chris Hogan was the last player to wear No. 15, wearing it from 2016 through 2018 before leaving for Carolina as a free agent this past offseason.
WR Gunner Olszewski goes from No. 9 → No. 80
A whirlwind of a Saturday ended with Olszewski making the Patriots, and in need of a new number from the No. 9 the undrafted Bemidji State product wore throughout the preseason. And with the No. 36 he wore throughout his collegiate run unavailable, Olszewski landed on No. 80. While tight end Stephen Anderson and wide receiver Jordan Matthews both wore No. 80, Danny Amendola was actually the last Patriots regular to wear No. 80, wearing it from 2013 through 2017 (and with two Super Bowl victories and more than a handful of big catches made along the way).
WR Cameron Meredith goes from No. 1 → No. 19
Meredith goes from No. 1 to No. 19, making him the first Patriot to wear No. 19 since Malcolm Mitchell.
Meredith, signed on Aug. 2, will begin the year on the physically unable to perform list.
LB Jamie Collins goes from No. 8 → No. 58
Wearing a college-esque No. 8 throughout the preseason, the seven-year vet took to the field for Sunday’s practice wearing a No. 58 jersey. Now, Collins wore No. 91 in his first run with the Patriots, but that number now belongs to Deatrich Wise Jr., leaving Collins to look elsewhere and eventually landing on No. 58. Keionta Davis was the last Patriot to wear the No. 58, though the number will forever be synonymous with the legendary Danny Etling.
C Russell Bodine goes from N/A → 66
Acquired from the Bills on Friday, veteran center Russell Bodine will wear No. 66 with the Patriots. It’s the same number Bodine wore during his 2018 season spent with the Buffalo Bills after wearing No. 61 in his first four NFL seasons (spent with the Cincinnati Bengals). Bryan Stork was the last New England center to wear those digits.
LT Korey Cunningham goes from N/A → No. 74
The first lineman acquired in what was a three-trade week to address the Patriots’ depth up front, Korey Cunningham will begin his Patriots tenure with No. 74. Cunningham, a 6-foot-6 lineman who made six starts at left tackle for the Cardinals last seasons, wore No. 79 in Arizona.
OL Jermaine Eluemunor goes from N/A → No. 65
Raven-turned-Patriots offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor will wear No. 65. Eluemunor wore No. 71 with the Ravens, but in New England that number belongs to Danny Shelton.
OL Yodny Cajuste goes from No. 65 → No. 63
Yodny Cajuste will give his No. 65 to the veteran Eluemunor, and will grab No. 63 in its place.
Cajuste, drafted in the third round in 2019, will begin the year on the non-football injury list.