The New England Patriots will make all the necessary changes prior to the new season. Players go in and out and yes, numbers become available overnight. Head coach Bill Belichick lost a few players this offseason and some of their uniform numbers will be taken right away. As you all know, N’Keal Harry is no longer part of the New England Patriots. The Patriots traded him to the Chicago Bears and earned a seventh-rounder in the transaction. Who will wear his No.1 jersey? According to several sources, another Patriots WR will wear Harry’s uniform number.
Is DeVante Parker the right person to snatch this number? Absolutely. The Patriots traded for him early in the offseason and he is expected to take the top of the depth chart.
Quarterbacks, kickers, and punters can now wear single digits. The NFL made this move official in 2021. Veterans tend to keep their jersey numbers, but Parker was more than happy to go from No.11 to No.1. Cam Newton, Tony Franklin, John Smith, Harry, and Eric Schubert are the only players to don this jersey with the Patriots.
Patriots WR to make a huge impact while wearing his new uniform number
Parker joined the Patriots at the right time. Belichick entered the offseason with a few major needs to take care of. He needed receivers and corners. Parker eclipsed the 1,000 mark and this should give him a better position in the Patriots WR unit. He worked out with quarterback Mac Jones right after the Patriots signed him. They seem to have a good bond and yes, this chemistry will set up a strong foundation for the team. Although it’s too soon to say that Jones and Parker will be the next Julian Edelman and Tom Brady, we can definitely agree that their game is on point.
Harry’s departure from the Patriots didn’t come as a surprise. He struggled in his first three seasons in the NFL and even requested a trade through his agent. The former WR can try his chances somewhere else now. When it comes to Parker, Patriots coaches have high expectations from his game.