The 2021 Giants draft class will sport all-new jerseys when they arrive on the pitch on Friday for the first of two mandatory minicamp practices.
Here’s the breakdown of the new numbers, including a bit of history behind them. But before you rush out to buy jerseys, remember that jersey numbers are subject to change.
WR Kadarius Toney, # 89
Since it was worn by the great Mark Bavaro (1985-90), this jersey number has had an ascending and descending tenure.
Wide receiver Amani Toomer wore the number for a season before moving up to No.81, and in 2007 rookie tight end Kevin Boss made the number proud.
Between Toomer and Boss, tight end Dan Campbell – yes, Detroit Lions head coach – wore the number with the Giants.
Most recently, the number has been worn by tight ends Jerrell Adams and Garrett Dickerson, neither of whom have had long careers with the Giants. Hopefully Toney, who in college wore 17.4 and more recently 1 (adjusted for his future first-round draft status) breaks that developing trend.
Edge Azeez Ojulari, n ° 51
Ojulari, the Giants’ second-round pick, wore numbers 38 and 13 in college. He’ll take the Giants’ number 51 – the sum of 38 and 13 – and a jersey number last worn by outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell and, before that, long snapper Zak DeOssie.
CB Aaron Robinson, # 33
Robinson, who started his college career in Alabama where he wore the number 23, then donned the numbers 37 and 31 in central Florida. Taking the 33rd spot with the Giants, which was last worn by running back Dion Lewis, Robinson becomes the first defensive back to wear the number since Mike Jordan was awarded it in 2018.
DE Elerson Smith, n ° 58
Elerson Smith, who wore No.16 in college, gets the jersey number made famous by the great Carl Banks, who proudly wore it for the Giants in 1984-92.
Interestingly, the number was assigned last year to long snapper Casey Kreiter, who is still assigned the number according to the Giants.com website. So expect one of these two players to change numbers at some point.
RB Gary Brightwell, # 37
Brightwell, who wore number 23 in college, takes number 37 to start his Giants career, the last number worn by cornerback Ryan Lewis and a number worn primarily by defensive backs throughout history of the Giants team.
CB Rodarius Williams, n ° 25
Williams donned No.8 in college, but for the pros he takes No.25, last worn by Corey Ballentine. Some of the more recent and well-known Giants’ defensive backs to wear the number 25 include 2001 first rounder Will Allen and Super Bowl hero RW McQuarters (2006-2008).
DE Raymond Johnson III, n ° 91
Johnson, one of three undrafted free agents signed by the Giants – he played his ball at Georgia Southern, apparently had to “settle” for the No.91, the most famous worn by Giants great Justin Tuck.
Johnson’s former college number, 92, is not available from the Giants, who plan to retire the number, last worn by Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan in 2007 this fall.
LIO Brett Heggie, # 61
Heggie, who wore the No. 61 in Florida, has the chance to continue to carry the numbers with the Giants. Interestingly (and almost hard to believe), Pro Football Reference shows that the last player to wear No.61 for the Giants was offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds, who wore it from 2013 to 2015.
In the 1980s, the number was a little more popular. It was worn by Super Bowl XXI goalie Chris Godfrey, with the 1984-1987 team, and Bob Kratch (Super Bowl XXV), a 1989-1993 giant.
OL Jake Burton, # 70
Burton, who wore # 97 and # 73 in college (he attended UCLA and then Baylor), picks up the number previously assigned to guard Kevin Zeitler, which was only earlier this year. The number 70 was once worn by defensive lineman Leonard Marshall.
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