The Jacksonville Jaguars have revealed jersey numbers for the 2019 free agency class. This includes both players signed after the new league year began in March, as well as players like Thomas Rawls and Alex McGough who signed futures contracts in January.
Jersey update for some of the newest @Jaguars:— Tad Dickman (@TDickman89) April 9, 2019
2 — @McgoughAlex
7 — @NickFoles
18 — @_flight17_
23 — Alfred Blue
29 — @BennyCunningham
34 — @TRawls810
47 — @JakeRyan_47
61 — Leonard Wester
75 — @Nuff_ced70
87 — Geoff Swaim
Prior to the NFL Draft, there are already 10 new faces joining the Jaguars locker room in 2019: quarterbacks Nick Foles and McGough, running backs Alfred Blue, Benny Cunningham and Rawls, wide receiver Chris Conley, linebacker Jake Ryan, offensive tackles Leonard Wester and Cedric Ogbuehi, and tight end Geoff Swaim.
There was obviously a heavy (and much-needed) emphasis put on the offensive side of the ball so far this offseason, as the Jaguars are bringing in nine offensive players, as opposed to just one defensive player (Ryan). Ryan adds depth at middle linebacker, and could find himself on the field in base defensive sets.
Ryan (47), Swaim (87) and Wester (61) will all be keeping their numbers from their previous teams. However, in Wester’s case, he originally wore No. 66 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but switched to No. 61 in 2018. Meanwhile, Rawls is going back to his original number he wore in Seattle (34) after wearing No. 31 in his short stint with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Foles (7), Conley (18), Blue (23), Cunningham (29), Ogbuehi (75) and McGough (2) are now rocking numbers they have yet to wear in their NFL careers. Most notably, Jags fans are likely already aware that Foles will have a No. 7 on his jersey after wearing No. 9 in Philadelphia, No. 4 in Kansas City and No. 5 in St. Louis.
There is a special meaning to the No. 7 for Jacksonville’s new signal-caller, though:
“No. 7 has actually always been my number,” Foles told media members in March after being introduced in Jacksonville. “This was the first opportunity where I could go back to my roots — my high school and my childhood and I was just playing free like that and wear my No. 7. I’m very honored to wear No. 7.”
Conley, Foles’ former teammate in Kansas City, wore No. 17 for the Chiefs. Blue wore No. 28 with the Houston Texans, and while that number is not officially retired by the franchise, Jacksonville is not likely to allow another running back to take it in honor of Fred Taylor. Cunningham has worn numbers 36, 23 and 30 in stops with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams and Chicago Bears. He does turn 29-years-old in July, so that could be why he chose that number for 2019.
Ogbuehi wore No. 70 during his four years with the Bengals. He was a first-round pick in 2015, and started 25 games for Cincinnati, but mostly flamed out — only appearing in two games in 2018 and was healthy scratch for most of the year. The Bengals declined his fifth-year option and Jacksonville signed him this offseason. He seems to be looking for a fresh start with both a new team and a new number. In McGough’s case, he was a practice squad player for the Seattle Seahawks in 2018 and wore No. 5.
The Jaguars will add more players in April’s Draft. Stay tuned!