Eagles announce flurry of jersey number changes: Super serious analysis

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 27: Philadelphia Eagles Cornerback Darius Slay (24) interacts with the Bengals bench after a play in the second half during the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles on September 27, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles have announced some new Jersey numbers today. It’s not just the rookies getting some fresh threads though, with six veterans also changing their numbers. Here is everything you need to know and some very serious analysis.

Eagles rookies

DeVonta Smith: #6

Donning the #6 was always an obvious choice once single-digit jerseys were made legal in the NFL. After winning the Heisman and putting the finishing touches on a remarkable stint with Alabama while wearing the same number, it only made sense.

Landon Dickerson: #51

Am I disappointed that he won’t be wearing #69 due to having the humour of a teenager who has just discovered Family Guy? Yes. Shareef Miller was the last Eagles player to don the #51 jersey, with Steven Means coming before him. Here’s to hoping its fortunes change.

Milton Williams: #93

I quite like this selection. Williams is likely going to play a hybrid role for the Eagles and while 93 is typically a DT number, it wouldn’t look out of place on the EDGE in my opinion. Solid number where the 3 compliments the 9 and always looks strong on a jersey.

Zech McPhearson: #27

This is a Safety’s number and I won’t be told otherwise. Even going back past Malcolm Jenkins to the days of Quintin Mikell, this has been the case. It might look good lining up in the slot, I mean, Malcolm Jenkins spent most of his time in the box anyway…but not a huge fan of this.

Marlon Tuipulotu: #90

Ah, finally. One that makes perfect sense. Bruce Hector and Treyvon Hester held this number last, giving it a strong DT4 vibe. Nothing to complain about here.

Tarron Jackson #75

Vinny Curry’s old number goes to a defensive end. After wearing a single-digit in College, I was wondering if he’d throw up a wildcard here…but he plays it safe with a very EDGE-like number. It sounds good when you say it and looks nice on a Jersey because the horizontal line of the 7 and 5 are perfectly in-line and that is a very underrated part of this gem of a number.

I’m losing my mind.

JaCoby Stevens: #30

This is a strong number selection by a player who will likely be taking on a hybrid role in this defense. It’s clean, it’s sharp, and it has a certain level of swagger about it that an LSU player can pull off.

Eagles veterans

Darius Slay: #2

No. I am incandescent with rage and I will be making no further comment.

Jordan Howard: #24

Howard goes back to his old number and we have no choice but to nod and go ‘hm’ as we accept another good decision.

Khalil Tate: #17

Not that it matters, but I’d much rather see Khalil Tate attempt to make the roster wearing #17 than Alshon Jeffery catch a screen pass wearing it.

Kerryon Johnson: #34

Yes, yes, yes. And yes again. I like this better than the #33 he held with Detroit. This immediately reminds me of the Kenjon Barner days and that’s not exactly a bad thing.

Isaac Seumalo: #56

Big upgrade here. Casey Toohill and Chris Long were the last players to wear #56 but this is a starter number in every sense of the word.

Elijah Riley: #39

39 is like 69 but innocent because the 3 is being spooned. I like that. Wholesome.

In all seriousness, Riley wore #48 last year and this is a pretty nice upgrade.

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