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  1. Rob0729

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    Yep, #55 has found a new pair of shoulders to rest between - Derrick Burgess.


    Jersey changes - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com
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    Good. Burgess needed a bad ass number. Hopefully he can channel the Willie of the old this year.
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    "55" ... is a very "TIGHT" NUMBER.
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    BTW, in fairness to McGinest, if he gets upset this time around, he may have a point. Giving his number to a future HOF who wore the number his entire career is one thing. Giving it to a player who has had a couple of great years and wore a different number his entire career is another thing.
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    Unless the Patriots are going to retire the number, which they aren't, he might as well get over it because it's an available number. Let's hope Burgess wears it well.
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    Eh. If Willie is angry about that, he needs to find better things to worry about. As far as I am concerned, only players who have retired jerseys should be exempt. If a team wants to try and hold off on giving it away for a while, fine. It doesn't bother me that a blocking tight end will wear Troy Brown's number, and I, as a Pats fan, love Troy Brown.

    Burgess will not make people forget about Willie Mac, even if he puts up double digit sacks. I don't care what number he wears, so long as he gets out there and hits quarterbacks.
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    Does Ninkovich keep 45? I thought LBs had to have a number in the 50's or 90's? 50 is available.
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    sAdly Nincovich needs a tighter name before he can even start thinking of a tighter number.
    Lb's can wear numbers in 40s 50s and 90s. And with hybrids you see guys like LB aaron kampman wear 74. Plus hester is wearing 23 as a reciever. Plus what ever slater is he wears 18 as a safety. So teams are getting around this.
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    That's not exactly true. LBs would ALSO have to double as a tight end or fullback for them to be able to wear a 40something.

    Hester was also originally a DB and the Bears may use him on occasion out there.

    And Slater is also a receiver.

    So yeah, there are ways around it but the numbers still make a degree of sense.

    I'm kinda disappointed Edelman's still wearing 11. No Patriot since Drew Bledsoe (as far as I can remember anyway) has worn 11 into the regular season.

    Also, I still think 14 might be unofficially retired. Plenty of training camp only guys have worn it but come the regular season, it's been out of circulation.
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    I guess this ensures that Seau won't be coming out of the retirement home to play for us this year?...god I hope not,I don't want slow players in this front 7,even a guy as fit for his age as Junior is.
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    That's the excuse I'm hearing for it about Hester...Slater was drafted as a Wide Receiver and converted into a safety, but maybe his status as a kick returner as well could have given them leeway in giving him #18.

    Last big off number I remember was Mike Bartrum 10 years ago...given #86 despite it not being his true position- he was the long snapper first and foremost, barely averaging 1 reception per year through his entire career.
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    Yeah, but then again...when's the last time you saw Paxton take snaps on the offensive or defensive lines?;) #66.

    Oh, I am agreeing with you, though, if it wasn't clear!
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    I thought they were considered "linemen", but I'm seeing multiple guys wearing 40s so they aren't stuck in the 60s and 70s like the offensive linemen.
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    Technically, a long snapper can be just about any position.

    There's offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers, tight ends, fullbacks...

    So yeah, there's no real mandate that a long snapper has to be a linemen number. If their 'real' position is one of the others, then yeah, they can wear an 'odd' number (from your perspective).

    Patriots in history who've worn 'strange' numbers:

    Steve DeOssie was #99.
    Mike Bartrum was #86.
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    Testaverde wore 14.
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    Numbers retired

    56
    73
    40
    20
    57
    89
    78

    I think 89 78 and 57 all should be unretired... The rest leave alone until a Pat enters the pro football hall of fame..
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    Agreed.

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    I also think Hoyer should switch to number 7 his college number... 14 will be aj feely's when he signs his contract this week or next..
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