It’s time for real football. The New England Patriots will strap on their pads and play their first game. Patriots rookies will be assigned traditional jersey numbers, and N’Keal Harry already has his own.
The Patriots will play their first preseason
game Thursday night when they confront the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. This
match is the first NFL action for a group of rookies. They will all wear jersey
numbers that fir the league mandate instead of the unorthodox digits they were
given at the beginning of the preseason.
Harry will sport No. 10, and wideout
Cameron Meredith is having No. 1
Quarterback Jarrett Stidham has No. 4, P
Jake Bailey has No. 7, wideout Gunner Olszewski has No. 9, wideout Jakobi
Meyers has No. 16, and wideout Ryan Davis has No. 19.
Cornerback Joejuan Williams will wear No. 33, running back Damien Harris has No. 37, cornerback D’Angelo Ross has No. 41, running back Nick Brossette has No. 42, and Ken Webster has No. 47.
It’s interesting to note that Harry is
wearing Josh Gordon’s number. Gordon is still suspended, but has already filed
“It’s unclear when receiver Josh Gordon will be cleared to return to the NFL,” Mike Florio reported. “It is clear that Gordon is trying to get back in.
“Charean Williams of PFT reports that Gordon has applied for
“Gordon has been suspended on multiple occasions by the league for
violations of the substance-abuse policy. Most recently, the league suspended
him during the 2018 season, at a time when he had emerged as a legitimate
receiving threat for the Patriots.
“And the Patriots definitely could use him, if they can get him
back. And the NFL could use him, too, because the more highly-skilled players
the NFL can get on the field, the more compelling the games can be, the more
people will be inclined to watch the games, the higher the ratings for the
games will be, and the more money everyone will make.
“In 11 games last season, Gordon caught 40 passes for 720 yards and