Choosing a jersey number is a major part of being a professional football player. After all, it's one of the ways that fans can identify a player on the crowded gridiron. Well, the Jacksonville Jaguars rookie class got to take that step this week.
The Jaguars took to Twitter on Saturday morning to announce the 2021 rookie class' jersey numbers. Notable players include Trevor Lawrence, who'll continue wearing No. 16 as he did at Clemson, and cornerback Tyson Campbell, who'll don No. 32. With the team's rookie minicamp continuing this weekend, perhaps some of the newcomers will convince fans to buy their jerseys already.
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One of the more interesting jersey number choices belongs to former Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne. After wearing No. 9, he'll switch over to No. 1 with the Jaguars. What makes this decision so intriguing is the fact that this is the first season that non-quarterbacks and kickers can wear a number that low. Considering the talent and potential that Etienne has, jerseys with his numbers could start flying off of Jacksonville shelves in no time.
Overall, it'll be interesting to see how the Jaguars' rookies can make an impact under their NFL numbers. With how high in each round most of the team's picks were, there will surely be lofty expectations on them. Jacksonville has missed the playoffs in 12 out of the last 13 seasons, so something needs to chance considering all of the promising prospects that they have.
As it stands, FanDuel Sportsbook is predicting that the Jaguars will miss the playoffs again in 2021 at -440 odds. If Jacksonville wants to avoid this fate, they'll need their rookies to show up this season.
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