There is only a week that stands between us and Dallas Cowboys football that matters. When we do ultimately end up seeing the Cowboys play, things are going to look a little bit different, in more ways than one.
Obviously the actual football game is what matters most here, but this offseason the NFL instituted a new rule that allows players to wear jersey numbers that were unavailable to them until now. Jaylon Smith very infamously switched to the number 9 this offseason, and with more numbers available on the roster after cuts there are a handful of Cowboys who have changed their numbers to begin the season.
Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs has changed his jersey number, switching from No. 27 to 7, his college number at Alabama. S Jayron Kearse is the new No. 27. LB Jabril Cox moved from No. 48 to 14. CB Nahshon Wright from No. 40 to 25. Azur Kamara: 48 to 54.— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) September 2, 2021
Updated Dallas Cowboys roster, including new roster numbers for players like Trevon Diggs and Jayron Kearse pic.twitter.com/26MtrhpaAu— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 2, 2021
Trevon Diggs has chosen to return to the number 7 that he wore at Alabama while Jayron Kearse took the 27 that Diggs vacated. After Jabril Cox was originally assigned 48 he made it known on Twitter that he would want to change when he would be able to. He is now number 14.
Nahshon Wright has switched from 40 to a more with-the-times number for a cornerback in 25. Diggs and Cox are the only two who are taking advantage of numbers that were previously unavailable to their positions.
Dallas will open their season next Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa quarterback Tom Brady was very vocal this offseason about not liking this number change, so now he will have to see certain defenders in numbers that are not conventional for them, like Micah Parsons in number 11.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady used Instagram on Thursday to speak out against the NFL jersey number rule change, which allows offensive skill position players and defensive backs to wear Nos. 1 through 49 and 80 through 89 and linebackers to wear Nos. 1 through 59 and 90 through 99.
“Good luck trying to block the right people now!” Brady wrote on his Instagram story. “Going to make for a lot of bad football.”
Hopefully Tom Brady’s teammates are confused enough that it helps the Cowboys. Anything is possible.