After the Eagles acquired some new players and cut their roster to 53, there were some jersey number updates to work out. Here’s an overview of what we’ll be analyzing. (hat tip @DiBirdsBlog First draw attention to unannounced changes. )
QB Ian Book – No. 19
S CJ Gardner-Johnson – No. 23
S Reed Blankenship – No. 32
RB Trey Sermon – No. 34
TE Grant Calcaterra – 81
WR Devon Allen – No. 82
RB Kennedy Brooks – No. 30
RB La’Mical Perine – Size 36
C Cameron Tom – No. 67
Very Important #JerseyNumberAnalytics Analytics
- latitude. There are many reasons why Ian Book’s No. 19 is not a good choice. Not a great quarterback aesthetic for starters. doesn’t look right. Also, 19 wasn’t a successful number for the Hawks for a while. The last eight players to wear it: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Golden Tate, Paul Turner, Miles Austin, Mardy Gilyard, Brandon Gibson and Michael Gasperson. The last Eagles quarterback to wear No. 19? That was Guido Merkens in 1987. For the uninitiated, Merkens has had an interesting career recording snapshots at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive back, punter and bet/kick returner. It’s fitting that he would wear an odd QB number. Not so much for Book, who wears No. 12 for Notre Dame and No. 16 for the Saints. To be fair, those numbers are not available to him. But he could have tried to get 18th with Jalen Regor out.
- we’ve solved it Chauncey Gardner-Johnson picks No. 23 earlier this week. But I guess we shouldn’t call him Chauncey Gardner-Johnson because the team has a new Hawks safety listed as CJ Gardner-Johnson on the team’s roster.
- Reed Blankenship moved from 46th to 32nd. In a vacuum, numbers after forty are not good. But I don’t always hate them when it comes to safety, like when Wes Hopkins rocked the 48. I think the 46 is ok for Blankenship, but the 32 is an upgrade. He is the first Eagles safety to wear the number since Marcus Paschal in 2007. Can’t remember who that was. I do remember the guy who wore it before Paschal: Michael Lewis. I remember really liking him as a kid. It feels like he’s underrated. Anyway, back to Blankenship…he wore a size 12 in college. So he’s going to get back one of his two old numbers.
- Trey Sermon wears a size 4 in Oklahoma and a size 8 in Ohio State. He looks good in the No. 28 jersey of the San Francisco 49ers. Can’t say I like size 34. He became the first Eagles to run back and wear it since Kenjon Barner owned it in 2015 and 2016.
- Last year, Jake Stoll wore No. 47 in training camp before switching to No. 89 when he made the roster. It’s a more appropriate change for him, mainly to block tight ends. As we saw with Trey Burton, No. 47 is better suited for tight ends receiving the ball. With that in mind, I don’t necessarily like Calcaterra moving to number 81. This is the number a tall wide receiver should wear (my TO bias is showing). Just don’t like it as a TE number. A size 81 is better than a size 47, but not suitable.
- Devin Allen went from No. 39 to No. 82. It’s an upgrade in terms of having a better number. Although I don’t actually hate Alan’s number 39. As a player with a unique background, it worked for him.
- Kennedy Brooks moved up from No. 49 to No. 30. Maybe now he can one day have a Corey Clement impact on the Hawks.
- Multiple beat reporters tweeted about La’Mical Perine wearing size 36 in practice. As expected, many of the replies to these tweets expressed that out of respect for Brian Westbrook, No. 36 should not have been posted. I don’t know if I totally agree with this, but it often makes most of the forgettable players feel a little bit regretful.
- Cameron Tom had a slight adjustment, rising from 66th to 67th. While it may seem trivial, it is not. 67 is definitely better looking. It goes back to Jamal Jackson, who may be one of the most underrated players in Eagles history.Speaking of JamJax, is there any BGN OG remember me wrote a fan post about him 10 years ago now? ! time flies.