Patriots new uniforms won't be a dramatic change

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By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

The news had been trickling out over the last month, but was confirmed Monday that the Patriots will have new uniforms in 2020.

On Tuesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss confirmed the team will be rolling out the changes on social media 'in the coming months.' In past years, NFL uniform updates have been revealed around the draft, which is at the end of April.

According to Reiss, the Patriots 'Flying Elvis' logo isn't going anywhere. Meanwhile, alterations to the uniforms themselves will be 'subtle changes' rather than an overhaul.

The Patriots have changed their logo just twice in franchise history. The initial tricorn hat logo lasted just one year before being replaced by Pat the Patriot. Pat was the face of the franchise until 1993 when the Flying Elvis became the main emblem, although Pat has remained a part of the team branding. The blue in the Elvis logo was changed to a darker shade in 2000 during the team's last major uniform change.

The Patriots almost changed their logo to a Flying Elvis lookalike in 1979, but the plan was scrapped after the new logo was widely panned by fans, who got to vote on the proposed change during halftime of a game.

As for the uniform, the Patriots have worn their current blue and silver look since 2000. They've worn blue as their primary color in some capacity since 1993. While many fans have called for the return to red jerseys and white helmets, it doesn't appear to be in the cards this time around.

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