New season, new numbers.
On Friday, the Philadelphia Eagles announced new jersey numbers for 11 players. Among them was the jersey number of quarterback Jalen Hurts.
WHY BE SECOND WHEN YOU CAN BE FIRST
In February, former Eagles’ franchise quarterback Carson Wentz was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. Upon his arrival in Indy, Wentz switched his jersey to No. 2 after Michael Pittman already had No. 11.
Many Philadelphia fans were eager to compare the former quarterback to the Eagles’ current quarterback Jalen Hurts, commenting on how both players would sport the same number. But that didn’t last long. Hurts will now ditch No. 2 for No. 1 and it [seems like it] has nothing to do with Wentz.
During his collegiate career, Hurts transferred from the University of Alabama to Oklahoma, switching his No. 2 jersey for No. 1. The following year he was drafted by the Eagles, reverting to No. 2 as punter Cameron Johnston was already wearing No. 1.
Johnston has since signed with the Houston Texans, leaving his number up for grabs.
Hurts, who will presumably be the Eagles’ starting quarterback for the 2021 NFL season, now has a number to match.
EAGLES PLAYERS REP NEW NUMBERS
Wide receiver Quez Watkins will now take No. 16 (from 80), and defensive tackle Javon Hargrave will wear No. 97 (formerly No. 93).
The Eagles’ newest additions have also received their numbers — free agents quarterback Joe Flacco (No. 7) and safeties Andrew Adams (No. 21) and Anthony Harris (No. 28).
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 2, 2021
The complete list of new jersey numbers is as follows:
- Jalen Hurts (Quarterback) — 1
- Khalil Tate (Wide receiver) — 6
- Joe Flacco (Quarterback) — 7
- Arryn Siposs (Punter) — 8
- Quez Watkins (Wide receiver) — 16
- Andrew Adams (Safety) — 21
- Anthony Harris (Safety) — 28
- Craig James (Cornerback) — 31
- Shakial Taylor (Cornerback) — 36
- Tyree Jackson (Tight end) — 80
- Javon Hargrave (Defensive tackle) — 97