Earlier this week, the NFL released all of the new rule proposals that were sent in by teams for consideration prior to the upcoming 2021 season. One of those proposals involved a consideration to expand eligible jersey numbers for running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linebackers, and defensive backs.
Under the proposed ruling, all of the above positions would have access to numbers one through 49, on top of linebackers retaining 50-59 and 90-99 with receivers and tight ends still eligible for 80-89.
Many NFL players who played with a single-digit number in college — like Jalen Ramsey who played in the number eight — would likely make the move back or may try to switch to another single-digit number.
I don’t think it’s far-fetched to say that jersey sales would absolutely skyrocket should this rule pass. Single-digit numbers for skill-position players are a crazy-love aesthetic, especially when the bigger players are able to get in on the fun. There’s not much like a 260+ linebacker running around in the middle of the defense with the number four on his chest.
With that said, what do you all think of the new proposition? Would you be for or against it? Let me know in the comments below.
Now for today’s links.
Taylor Rapp is getting into NFTs (TheRams.com)
Jalen Ramsey wants the number two if NFL passes expansion on jersey numbers (The Rams Wire)
Rams select LB Chazz Surratt in Todd McShay’s latest mock (The Rams Wire)
Matthew Stafford and his family are no strangers to heroics (Ramblin’ Fan)
New Lions head coach Dan Campbell is a unique character (ESPN)
T.Y. Hilton gave up a lot of money to return to the Colts (ESPN)
A new 2021 two-round mock (CBS Sports)
B/R’s top-150 draft prospects (Bleacher Report)
Antonio Brown isn’t close to returning to the Bucs (NFL.com)
Ryan Fitzpatrick is WFT’s QB1 (NFL.com)