The New England Patriots revealed the jersey numbers for recently signed veterans on Tuesday via Instagram.
Brian Hoyer is going back to No. 2 for his third stint with the Patriots.
The numbers for the rookies are still unknown, but here is the short Instagram video revealing the veteran’s jersey numbers.
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In his career, Hoyer has worn four jersey numbers: 8,7,6 and 2. This will be the second time in three stints with the Patriots that Hoyer has worn the No. 2 jersey. He also wore No. 8 in his first run with the team from 2009-11.
He has worn No. 2 each of the last four years with as many different teams.
For the first time in Byrd’s career, he will wear No. 10. He has worn No. 18 (Carolina Panthers) and No. 14 (Arizona Cardinals), but both of those numbers belong to veterans on the team, Matthew Slater and Mohamed Sanu, respectively.
Byrd wore No. 1 in college when he played for South Carolina, but in the NFL, receivers cannot wear sing-digit numbers. I suppose the next best thing was No. 10.
Patriots fans hope Byrd can have an impact similar to another popular player who wears No. 10, the Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill.
With Julian Edelman holding down the No. 11 jersey Lee has worn in the NFL, and the No. 9 out of his reach for previously referenced NFL rules, the veteran receiver elected to take No. 13.
In a crucial contract season, Lee is hoping it is lucky No. 13.
In his time with the Los Angeles Chargers, Phillips wore No. 27 and No. 31. Those numbers are occupied by J.C. Jackson and Jonathan Jones, respectively, with the Patriots. At Texas, Phillips wore No. 17, but that too is out his positional designation range in the NFL.
Davis is one of the few new Patriots veterans who will get to keep their number. He was No. 22 during his two seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars after wearing No. 38 with the Los Angeles Rams for the first four years of his career. Davis wore No. 16 in college at Texas Tech.
Like Davis, Vitale sticks with the number he wore for his previous team. With the Green Bay Packers over the past two seasons, Vitale wore No. 45 as he will with the Patriots. He wore No. 40 to start his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns and in college at Northwestern.
Ja’Whaun Bentley wears No. 51, which is the number Copeland wore with his last two teams. Thus Copeland will take No. 52.
After wearing No. 91 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Allen will switch back to the number he wore with his first team, the Philadelphia Eagles.
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