Earlier in the offseason there had been whispers from the league approving a big change. Actually, the single digit rule is no big deal, but given the conservative nature of the (N) o (F) a (L) eague, it’s a step in the right direction.
At a league meeting, NFL team owners voted in favor of a rule that would allow more players to wear single-digit numbers than quarterbacks, kickers and punters. The intended effect, according to the proposal, would be that it “extends the jersey number options for certain positions”. The reason given for the desired change is “flexibility in the allocation of jersey numbers”.
Personally, I like to see defensive linemen or bigger linebackers in a single-digit jersey – tall men in small numbers. And a few Falcons are taking full advantage of the rule change that applies to defensive backs, linebackers, running backs, fullbacks, tight ends and wide receivers, all of whom are allowed to wear single-digit numbers now. Defensive backs and linebackers could wear any number from 1 to 49, while running backs, fullbacks, tight ends, H-backs and wide receivers could all increase from 1 to 49 and 80 to 89.
Kyle Pitts kicked off after selecting # 8; now two defensive players will join the trend. Mykal Walker and Dante Fowler returned to their college numbers – 3 and 6, respectively.