Numbers Game: NFL rookies take jersey numbers

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The NFL Draft of 2017 is done, and the new rookies are suiting up in some locales already. Many teams have already issued jersey numbers.

If you’ve been counting the seconds until you can go out and grab your first year favorite player’s jersey, here is an early rundown.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, the ex-LSU star, is one who many expect to be a top seller in his No. 27 jersey. Former LSU safety Jamal Adams will wear No. 33 for the Jets. Ex-LSU corner Tre’Davious White has taken No. 27 for the Buffalo Bills.

The first pick in the draft, Myles Garrett, was issued No. 95 by the Cleveland Browns. Controversial Bears pick Mitch Trubisky has No. 10.

More top rookies:

Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis (No. 84) and CB Adoree Jackson (No. 25).
Cincinnati Bengals WR John Ross, No. 15
Houston Texans QB DeShaun Watson, No. 4
Philadelphia Eagles DE Derrick Barnett, No. 96
Indianapolis Colts safety Malik Hooker, No. 29.
Baltimore Raves CB Marlon Humphrey (No. 29) and OLB Tyus Bowser (No. 54)
Washington Redskins DE Jonathan Allen, No. 95

Saints fans will also want to know where Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey, wearing No. 22, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE O.J. Howard, sporting No. 80, will be at all times.

More top round picks:

DE Charles Harris, No. 90 for Dolphins.
TE Evan Engram, No. 88 for NY Giants.
LB/S Jabrill Peppers, No. 27 for Browns.
TE David Njoku, No. 85 for Cleveland.
QB DeShone Kizer, No. 7 for Browns.
DT Larry Ogunjobi No. 65 for Browns.
DE Taco Charlton, No. 97 for Cowboys.
OLB T.J. Watt, No. 90 for Steelers.
LB Reuben Foster, No. 56 for Niners.

A couple of products of LSU and John Curtis — linebacker Duke Riley takes No. 42 for Atlanta Falcons, and Packers WR Malachi Dupre will don No. 19

Other former LSU Tigers:

Buccaneers LB Kendell Beckwith, No. 41
Dolphins DT Davon Godchaux, No. 56
Browns OG Josh Boutte, No. 67
Colts TE Colin Jeter, No. 81
Vikings DE Tashawn Bower, No. 64
Saints WR Travin Dural, No. 34

Other notables:

Former Alabama and West Monroe High OT Cam Robinson, No. 75 for Jaguars.
Ex-Alabama OLB and Baton Rouge native Tim Williams, No. 56 for Ravens.
Ex-Alabama WR Ardarius Stewart, No. 18 for Jets.
A New Orleans area native, CB Treston DeCoud, No. 31 for Texans.

Keep in mind, there’s no guarantee a player will keep his given number. But it is a safe bet they will stay with their choice once the regular season rolls around.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau


Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even greater fashion while in Baton Rouge. Nadeau played semi-pro football for two seasons with the New Orleans Blue Knights. He has been a prominent sports figure in the New Orleans area for 29 years. Nadeau currently serves as a color…

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