Numerology: Taking a look at some of Patriots’ new numbers and their histories
|05.04.13 at 11:51 pm ET|
While it’s still early on in their careers — and they can always pick new numbers — the newest members of the 2013 Patriots were assigned numbers for rookie camp over the weekend. Here’s a look at who received which number, as well as a look at the history of some of the more notable numbers.
Wide receiver Aaron Dobson: 17. Oh, no. How bad has it been? Put it this way … one of the best players to wear No. 17 was Greg Salas, and he didn’t have a catch with the Patriots last season before being swiped off the New England practice squad by the Eagles. Chad Jackson, Taylor Price and Dedric Ward also have worn the number.
Cornerback Logan Ryan: 26. Sort of a nondescript number the last few seasons. Defensive backs Derrick Martin, Phillip Adams and Eugene Wilson were the last three players to wear No. 26 with New England.
Defensive back Duron Harmon 30. The number that’s frequently been given to oversized defensive backs the last few seasons, including Josh Barrett (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) and Brandon McGowan (5-foot-11, 210 pounds). For what it’s worth, Harmon checks in at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds.
Linebacker Steve Beauharnais: 45. The number that initially was given to Dont’a Hightower last spring (he ended up switching to No. 54 after it became clear Brian Waters wasn’t coming back to reclaim it), but no one of any note has worn it over the last decade.
Defensive lineman Jason Vega: 68. Andre Carter initially wore No. 68 during the 2011 preseason before switching to No. 93 for the regular season. Offensive lineman Ryan O’Callaghan also wore No. 68 when he was in New England in 2006 and 2007.
Wide receiver Josh Boyce: 82. A mixed bag over the last couple of years — mostly tight ends. Kellen Winslow Jr. wore it while spending a few weeks in New England last season, while Dan Gronkowski (2011), Alge Crumpler (2010) and Stephen Spach (2008) were among the other most recent wearers of No. 82.
Wide receiver T.J. Moe: 84. This is a good one for several reasons, including the fact that it was the favored number of longtime Tom Brady favorite Deion Branch. Tight end Ben Watson also wore it when he was with the Patriots from 2004 through 2009.
Linebacker Jamie Collins: 91. Ever since immensely popular defensive lineman Bobby Hamilton left following the 2003 season, no one has managed to make it their own. Myron Pryor had it from 2009 through last year, but he only played in 24 games in that stretch because of injuries. Marquise Hill had it from 2004 through 2006.