Patriots’ Josh Uche Reveals New Number After Kyle Van Noy’s Return

The New England Patriots will enter the 2021 NFL season as a completely different team. Head coach Bill Belichick changed the roster and made some big moves in the offseason. The team will enter the upcoming draft with great expectations. We will witness even more the next few weeks. For example, Josh Uche will be wearing a new jersey number in his second year with the Patriots.

Josh Uche is happy about his new number

The young outside linebacker will have No. 55 in the regular season. We drew this conclusion right after Uche took to his Instagram account to share a photo of him.

“New era,” the outside linebacker wrote.

Uche sported No. 53 in his rookie season with the Patriots. The young player got acclimated to the new situation in New England. Kyle Van Noy is returning to the team and Uche decided to make a move. Young Uche agreed to hand his number to Van Noy after the veteran re-signed with the Patriots in the offseason. Van Noy wore No. 53 in his first stint with the team. He won two Super Bowls with the team and is ready to win more.

The Patriots drafted Uche in the second round of the 2020 draft. He missed the first six games of the 2020 season. Well, this doesn’t change the fact that he was amazing in the second half of the season. The Patriots used him as a situational pass rusher. Uche had one sack, seven quarterback hits, and 14 pressures in his nine games with the Patriots. Pro Football Focus ranked young Uche as the Patriots’ second-highest-graded defensive player last season.

The most recent update suggests that Uche won’t take advantage of the league’s new uniform number regulations. The NFL allows linebackers to wear numbers from 1 to 59 and 90 to 99. Uche had No. 6 in college.

Van Noy got his standard ‘backer number, too. He took to Twitter to explain that “too many folks already paid for my jersey so we keepin it.”