The NY Jets were given their first glimpse of new quarterback Zach Wilson when he reported for rookie minicamp this weekend. And as Wilson took the field, it was impossible not to notice the white No. 2 draped across the back of his red non-contact jersey.
Jets fans have been eagerly anticipating the debut of Wilson, at least in a practice facility, since the day he was drafted. But perhaps even more so, many have been waiting for the official announcement of his new jersey number.
To this point, we've had rumors and speculation that Wilson would choose the No. 2 in the NFL after previously donning both No. 11 and 1 at BYU. And on Saturday, Wilson himself finally spoke on the topic.
When asked about what number he would be wearing with the Jets, Wilson said that nothing was official, but that he would "most likely" wear the No. 2.
His reasoning? He just thinks it's a cool number.
"I like any single digit numbers and I think it's kind of cool I was the second pick. I just think it's a cool number."- Zach Wilson
Zach Wilson will likely be wearing No. 2 with the NY Jets
The Jets have not made any of their rookie numbers official to this point, but it is worth pointing out that each player participating in rookie minicamp was assigned a number to wear on their practice jerseys.
Again, none of these have been made official. That said, some of the more notable numbers were Alijah Vera-Tucker wearing 75, Elijah Moore wearing No. 8, and Michael Carter wearing 32.
Elsewhere, Jamien Sherwood donned No. 44 with fellow rookie Hamsah Nasirildeen wearing 45. Michael Carter II wore No. 30 with fellow rookie cornerbacks Jason Pinnock and Brandin Echols wearing 41 and 25, respectively.
Rounding out the 2021 NFL Draft class was defensive tackle Jonathan Marshall wearing 96. As for the notable undrafted rookies, Kenny Yeboah wore 48, Isaiah Dunn had 26, and kicker Chris Naggar wore No. 1 — the number Wilson donned in college.
Once more, none of those numbers have been made official. But Wilson seems set on sticking with the number he chose for practice.
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