I recently tweeted out this number switch sometime last week once the Chargers made it official on their team roster but knowing some people don’t have Twitter I wanted to make sure no one was left out of the loop.
After the NFL recently expanded the pool for position-specific jersey numbers, Kenneth Murray Jr. became the first Bolt thus far to take advantage of the opportunity and switch back to his collegiate number. The 2020 first-round pick will transition back to number nine from his current 56, reestablishing the “K9” moniker that found life during his career with the Sooners.
Ladies and Gentlemen, he's back. #Chargers pic.twitter.com/efDAQKmbab— Michael Peterson (@ZoneTracks) May 6, 2021
Other Chargers that could be considering a move to a single-digit number (or a newly-available number) could be Derwin James, who wore number three at Florida State, Alohi Gilman (11 at Notre Dame), and Drue Tranquill (23 at Notre Dame).
For those seeing this for the first time, what do you think of the move? I know 56 isn’t a bad number for a Chargers linebacker by any means but this must surely elicit some thoughts. Do you like this new expansion of numbers or do you prefer the old rules? Why or why not?
And now for today’s links.
Uchenna Nwosu is poised for a breakout 2021 (Chargers Wire)
Chargers team photographer won first place in NFL Hall of Fame photo contest (Chargers.com)
Who is the most-underrated Charger? (Chargers Wire)
Three Raiders the Chargers need to worry about (Bolt Beat)
Former Austin Peay DB gets opportunity after tryout hoax (Bleacher Report)
Ryan Kerrigan signed with the Eagles (NFL.com)
The Niners signed Marquise Lee (NFL.com)
Bold predictions for the 2021 draft class (ESPN+)
Nearly 70 Broncos players showed up for Phase 2 of the offseason program (Pro Football Talk)
Five 2020 playoff teams who will slip and five others who will take a leap forward (CBS Sports)