Sometimes good things are worth the wait.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook might not have said the above words verbatim, but he would have saved over $1 million by waiting a season to take advantage of changes to jersey number rules. the NFL to move to No. 4 for the 2022 season.
To add context to Cook’s decision to cut costs, NFL rules required him to repurchase existing inventory of retail-ready No. 33 jerseys if he had to change numbers during the season. 2021 season. Instead of shelling out the cash, Cook played the 2021 season wearing No. 33 and, ahead of the 2022 NFL season, switched to No. 4, which he wore while torching defenses from the ACC while at Florida State.
Cook isn’t the only former Seminole to revert to his collegiate number, as Chargers safety Derwin James dropped a digit to go from wearing No. 33 in the first two seasons of his career to wearing No. ° 3 in 2022.
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Cook and James are two of the many notable players who have made the switch ahead of the next campaign. Here’s everything you need to know about NFL jersey number changes ahead of the 2022 season.
What is the NFL jersey number rule?
Starting with the 2021 season, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, linebackers and defensive backs were given more number options, with each of the groups being allowed to have uniform numbers at one. figure.
In addition to single-digit numbers, running backs can wear numbers in their teens or 80s, tight ends and wide receivers can wear numbers from 30 to 49, and defensive backs can also wear numbers during teenagehood.
Here is how groups of numbers break down:
|Post group||Number options||Previous Number Options|
|Running backs||1-49, 80-89||20-49|
|Wide Receivers||1-49, 80-89||10-19, 80-89|
|tight ends||1-49, 80-89||40-49, 80-89|
|defensive line||50-79, 90-99||50-79, 90-99|
|linebackers||1-59, 90-99||40-59, 90-99|
NFL number changes in 2022
Including Cook and James, there’s a large group of veterans who will sport new looks in the upcoming NFL season, including Panthers wide receiver Robbie Anderson, who comes along with a change in the spelling of his first name. with a change from #11 to #6.
|Crew||Player||Position||New number||old number|
|Atlanta Falcons||Lorenzo Carter||KG||9||59|
|Baltimore Ravens||Rashod Bateman||WR||seven||12|
|Baltimore Ravens||James Close||WR||3||11|
|Buffalo Tickets||Jaquan Johnson||BC||4||46|
|Buffalo Tickets||Taron Johnson||BC||seven||24|
|Buffalo Tickets||Isaiah McKenzie||WR||6||19|
|Buffalo Tickets||Andre Smith||KG||9||59|
|Carolina Panthers||Robbie Anderson||WR||3||11|
|Cleveland Browns||amari cooper||WR||2||89|
|Dallas Cowboys||Anthony Brown||BC||3||30|
|Dallas Cowboys||Kelvin Joseph||BC||1||24|
|Dallas Cowboys||Jourdan Lewis||BC||2||26|
|Denver Broncos||Randy Gregory||OF||5||94|
|Detroit Lions||Chark DJ||WR||4||17|
|Detroit Lions||DeShon Elliott||S||5||32|
|Detroit Lions||Jeff Okuda||BC||1||23|
|Detroit Lions||Josh Reynolds||WR||8||18|
|Green Bay Packers||Dallin Leavitt||S||6||32|
|Houston Texans||Marlon Mac||RB||2||25|
|Houston Texans||Tremon Smith||BC||1||24|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Ronald Jones II||RB||2||27|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Ju Ju Smith Schuster||WR||9||19|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Gerald Everett||AND||seven||81|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Derwin James||S||3||33|
|Los Angeles Chargers||Kyle Van Noy||KG||8||53|
|Los Angeles Rams||Cam Akers||RB||3||23|
|Los Angeles Rams||Trojan Hill||BC||2||23|
|Los Angeles Rams||Allen Robinson||WR||1||12|
|Las Vegas Raiders||Tyron Johnson||WR||1||17|
|Miami Dolphins||jevon holland||S||8||22|
|Minnesota Vikings||Dalvin Cook||RB||4||33|
|Minnesota Vikings||Cam Dantzler||BC||3||27|
|Minnesota Vikings||Alexander Mattison||RB||2||25|
|New England Patriots||DeVante Parker||WR||1||11|
|New England Patriots||Jabril peppers||S||3||21|
|New Orleans Saints||Mark Ingram II||RB||5||14|
|New Orleans Saints||Marcus Maye||S||6||20|
|New York Jets||Jordan White Head||S||6||33|
|Philadelphia Eagles||pascal pascal||WR||3||14|
|Philadelphia Eagles||Haason Reddick||KG||seven||43|
|San Francisco 49ers||Ray-Ray McCloud||WR||3||14|
|Seattle Seahawks||Uchenna Nwosu||KG||ten||42|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Kyle Rudolph||AND||8||80|
|Tennessee Titans||Cody Hollister||WR||8||16|
|Washington Commanders||William Jackson III||BC||3||23|
The 2022 draft class is the second batch of rookies who were able to take advantage of the new rules from day one.
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Notable rookies to take advantage of the rules include top 10 picks Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Drake London.
|Atlanta Falcons||Drake London||WR||5|
|Baltimore Ravens||Kyle Hamilton||BC||14|
|Chicago Bears||Jaquan Brisker||S||9|
|Chicago Bears||Kyler Gordon||BC||6|
|Detroit Lions||jameson williams||WR||9|
|Green Bay Packers||dock walker||KG||seven|
|Green Bay Packers||Christian Watson||WR||9|
|Houston Texans||Jalen Pitre||S||5|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Devin Lloyd||KG||33|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Bryan Cook||S||6|
|Kansas City Chiefs||Skyy Moore||WR||24|
|Minnesota Vikings||Lewis Cine||S||6|
|New York Giants||Kayvon Thibodeaux||OF||5|
|New York Jets||Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner||BC||1|
|Seattle Seahawks||Coby Bryant||BC||8|
|Seattle Seahawks||Kenneth Walker III||RB||9|
|Washington Commanders||Jahan Dotson||WR||1|