New England Patriots

Cole Strange vs. Samford (Credit: GoMocs.com)

The New England Patriots practice in front of assembled media for the first time during 2022 off-season workouts on Monday in Foxboro. That means reporters in attendance will get their first look at the Pats’ rookie class, led by first-round pick Cole Strange and second-rounder Tyquan Thornton.

It’s also jersey number time for the rookies – sort of. The Patriots typically assign their newcomers temporary numbers, starting with 50, in the order that they were drafted. Thanks to NBC Sports Boston’s Phil Perry on Twitter, we have confirmation that it’s mostly the same approach with the class of 2022.

Notably, the Patriots continue to keep No. 56 and 57 off limits, even in camp. Former Pats linebacker Steve Nelson had his number 57 retired back in 1988. Andre Tippett’s number 56, meanwhile, isn’t officially retired, but no one’s worn the number since the Hall of Famer retired in 1993.

So the Patriots’ last two draft picks, offensive linemen Chasen Hines and Andrew Stueber, donned different temporary numbers. Based on all the rookies’ positions, those two are likely the only ones with a chance at keeping their current numbers. So, expect most of the numbers to change after the preseason. But it’s still good for fans to know the rookies’ current numbers, if they plan to follow the team throughout the spring and summer.

Patriots’ 2022 Rookie Jersey Numbers

  • FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 10: A detailed view of the helmets of New England Patriots prior to the game against the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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    Here are the Patriots’ rookie jersey numbers for 2022 off-season workouts…

  • #50: OL Cole Strange

    Cole Strange prior to a play against Mercer. (Credit: GoMocs.com)

    Cole Strange prior to a play against Mercer. (Credit: GoMocs.com)

  • #51: WR Tyquan Thronton

    Dec 4, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Tyquan Thornton (9) catches a touchdown pass past Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Christian Holmes (0) during the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship game at AT&T Stadium. Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 4, 2021; Arlington, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Tyquan Thornton (9) catches a touchdown pass past Oklahoma State Cowboys cornerback Christian Holmes (0) during the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship game at AT&T Stadium. Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

  • #52: CB Marcus Jones

    Marcus Jones #8 of the Houston Cougars returns a punt for a touchdown in the third quarter against the South Florida Bulls on November 14, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

    Marcus Jones #8 of the Houston Cougars returns a punt for a touchdown in the third quarter against the South Florida Bulls on November 14, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

  • #53: CB Jack Jones

    Nov 27, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (0) against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 27, 2021; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils defensive back Jack Jones (0) against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

  • #54: RB Pierre Strong Jr.

    Pierre Strong Jr. #20 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits avoids a tackles by Braelen Oliver #14 of the Minnesota Gophers during the fourth quarter of the game on August 29, 2018 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Gophers defeated the Jackrabbits 28-21. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

    Pierre Strong Jr. #20 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits avoids a tackles by Braelen Oliver #14 of the Minnesota Gophers during the fourth quarter of the game on August 29, 2018 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Gophers defeated the Jackrabbits 28-21. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

  • #55: QB Bailey Zappe

    Western Kentucky's Bailey Zappe scrambles during the first quarter against Michigan State on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. (Nick King/Lansing State Journal/USA TODAY Network)

    Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe scrambles during the first quarter against Michigan State on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe scrambles during the first quarter against Michigan State on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing. (Nick King/Lansing State Journal/USA TODAY Network)

  • #58: RB Kevin Harris

    South Carolina Gamecocks running back Kevin Harris (20) avoids a tackle from North Carolina Tar Heels defensive back Tony Grimes (20)during the DukeÕs Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Thursday, December 30, 2021. (Syndication: The Greenville News)

    South Carolina Gamecocks running back Kevin Harris (20) avoids a tackle from North Carolina Tar Heels defensive back Tony Grimes (20)during the DukeÕs Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Thursday, December 30, 2021. (Syndication: The Greenville News)

  • #59: DL Sam Roberts

    Defensive tackle Sam Roberts playing for the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. (Photo courtesy Northwest Missouri State University Athletics)

    Defensive tackle Sam Roberts playing for the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats. (Photo courtesy Northwest Missouri State University Athletics)

  • #63: OL Chasen Hines

    Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State offensive lineman Chasen Hines (OL20) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 4, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Louisiana State offensive lineman Chasen Hines (OL20) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

  • #69: OL Andrew Stueber

    Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Andrew Stueber (71) against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

    Dec 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Andrew Stueber (71) against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Big Ten Conference championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

  • Full List

    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    FOXBORO, MA – DECEMBER 24: A New England Patriots helmet during the first half of the game between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on December 24, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

    Here’s a handy cheat sheet for you to keep track of the Patriots’ rookies:

    50: OL Cole Strange
    51: WR Tyquan Thornton
    52: CB Marcus Jones
    53: CB Jack Jones
    54: RB Pierre Strong Jr.
    55: QB Bailey Zappe
    58: RB Kevin Harris
    59: DL Sam Roberts
    63: OL Chasen Hines
    69: OL Andrew Stueber

  • The Patriots have practice Monday, then closed sessions on Wednesday and Thursday. Reporters will be back in attendance at OTAs next Tuesday, May 31. All of mandatory minicamp will be open to the media as well, running from Tuesday-Thursday, June 7-9.