October 1, 2023


Some first-year gamers will hold their preseason numbers, however Christian Gonzalez was amongst these to make a change.

Rookie Demario Douglas catching a go throughout Patriots observe. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Workers

With the common season approaching, it was lastly time for Patriots rookies who made the energetic roster to be given their official jersey numbers.

Invoice Belichick has turn out to be identified in recent times for having first-year gamers don both random or less-than-desirable numbers previous to the beginning of the season. It was a observe that after had rookie operating again Sony Michel (the workforce’s 2018 first-round choose) put on a really unorthodox No. 51 in OTAs.

In 2023, the observe was toned down barely throughout preseason. Rookie broad receivers Kayshon Boutte and Demario Douglas ended up with No. 80 and 81, respectively. So when it got here time handy out actual jersey numbers previous to Week 1, each gamers caught with their present digits.

Except for Boutte and Douglas, nevertheless, a number of rookies opted for brand new numbers. First-round choose cornerback Christian Gonzalez swapped No. 19 out in alternate for No. 6. Kicker Chad Ryland, who seems to have gained the beginning job after Nick Folks was traded to the Titans, will put on No. 37 after carrying No. 38 within the preseason. Offensive lineman Sidy Sow additionally moved one spot, altering No. 61 for No. 62.

Punter Bryce Baringer, in the meantime, elected for No. 17 over No. 9.

Different rookies stood pat just like the broad receiver contingent. Defensive lineman Keion White will proceed with No. 99, and defensive again Marte Mapu formalized the No. 30 jersey he wore in preseason.

The Patriots start the 2023 season on Sept. 10 at Gillette Stadium agains the Eagles at 4:25 p.m.