The New England Patriots revealed the full list of jersey number changes for their players ahead of the 2021 season, which expanded the possible numbers for most positions. Most notably, outside linebacker Matthew Judon is switching from No. 99, which he wore with the Baltimore Ravens, to No. 9.
Judon joins inside linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley as the second Patriots LB to change to a single-digit jersey number. Bentley recently revealed that he’s changing from No. 51 to No. 8. In the secondary, defensive back Jalen Mills announced recently that he’s taking No. 2.
Here are some of the more notable Patriots jersey numbers to know for 2021:
— Linebacker Josh Uche is switching from 53 to 55, allowing the returning Kyle Van Noy to take back his old number.
— Tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry will wear 81 and 85, respectively. Henry wore No. 86 with the Chargers.
— Safety Kyle Dugger is going to wear a Patrick Chung 23, after wearing No. 35 as a rookie. Chung announced his retirement earlier in the offseason.
— Running back Brandon Bolden will wear No. 25. He previously wore No. 38, which is currently worn by defensive back Dee Virgin.
The Patriots revealed the full list on Twitter with the styling of an old-school CD album, presenting the names and numbers like a track listing.
Here’s the full rundown:
Patriots OTAs officially began on Monday in Foxborough. Here’s our own Alex Barth on what to watch for throughout off-season workouts and minicamp. The Patriots will open to the media for the first time on Thursday.
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