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Colts Provide a Sneak Preview of their New Rookie Draft Class’s Jersey Numbers

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The Indianapolis Colts have provided a sneak preview of their 2020 NFL Draft rookie class’s initial jersey numbers:

Now, those jersey numbers could still remain fluid, as the Colts make more initial cuts and their roster is further trimmed down (and fluctuates) throughout the offseason, training camp, and post-preseason. (You may not want to buy a new rookie’s jersey just yet).

For those at home that keep blinking, to recap that’s:

#86- WR Michael Pittman Jr.

#28- RB Jonathan Taylor

#32- S Julian Blackmon

#9- QB Jacob Eason

#63- OG Danny Pinter

#93- DT Robert Windsor

#34- CB Isaiah Rodgers

#85- WR Dezmon Patmon

#59- LB Jordan Glasgow

Some initial thoughts that come to mind are as follows:

One, the Colts jersey numbers are incredibly crowded at wide receiver and tight end—with #82 (Raymond Berry) and #89 (Gino Marchetti) retired—and no one touching #87 (Reggie Wayne) and #88 (Marvin Harrison) anytime soon.

As such, #86 for Michael Pittman Jr. (who wore #6 at USC) and #85 for Dezmon Patmon (who wore #12 at Washington State) are about the only good numbers left.

Colts 2nd round running back Jonathan Taylor wearing #28 could bring about some flashbacks to legendary running back Marshall Faulk—who wore it for the Colts in the 90’s.

However, Taylor’s not alone, as a few members of this year’s rookie class are recirculating a few former iconic Colts’ old jersey numbers:

RB Jonathan Taylor #28 (RB Marshall Faulk)

S Julian Blackmon #32 (RB Edgerrin James)

OG Danny Pinter #63 (OC Jeff Saturday)

DT Robert Windsor #93 (DE Dwight Freeney)

It’s also interesting that Glasgow’s new number #59 is the former number of Super Bowl Champion winning outside linebacker Cato June, who like Glasgow, was a converted Michigan safety who played linebacker for the Colts.

The only other thing that stands out to me is that Windsor’s #93, which was previously worn by ex-Colts outside linebacker Erik Walden and most recently, defensive end Jabaal Sheard—could be a sure sign that the latter is not returning as a free agent this offseason.