The Indianapolis Colts have provided a sneak preview of their 2020 NFL Draft rookie class’s initial jersey numbers:
Sneak preview. pic.twitter.com/ko8KWjVkUk— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) April 27, 2020
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.