Could Bucs’ RB Leonard Fournette be looking to change his jersey number in 2021?
On Wednesday, the NFL announced that it approved a proposal for less stringent rules related to jersey numbers for all positions. The new rule relaxes the strict adherence to certain numbers for certain positions, most notably allowing skill position players to wear single digits. And Lombardi Lenny might be ready to take full advantage.
Fournette wore No. 28 in Tampa Bay last year, after wearing No. 27 for the first three years of his career in Jacksonville. But Fournette sounds like he is ready to throw it back to his LSU days, when he dominated college football after donning a No. 7 Tigers jersey each Saturday. No. 7 is currently unclaimed on the Bucs’ roster, and would be a great look for the fifth-year back in Tampa Bay.
Fournette re-signed with the Bucs on a one-year deal a few weeks ago. He is expected to compete for playing time in a suddenly crowded backfield with fourth-year pro Ronald Jones, second-year back Ke’Shawn Vaughn and the newly-signed Giovani Bernard.
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, here are the new rules regarding jersey numbers. Could more jersey number changes be on the way in Tampa Bay?
Under the new rule, players will be able to wear …
Defensive backs: 1–49
Running backs, full backs, tight ends, H-backs, and wide receivers: 1–49 and 80-89
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