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Denard Robinson switches numbers

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For those Jaguars fans who purchased a Denard Robinson jersey with No. 29 on it, we have good news and bad news.

The good news/bad news is you’ll apparently get to buy another Denard Robinson jersey.

Via the Associated Press, Robinson changed his number from 29 to 16, which is the number Robinson wore in college at Michigan.

When Robinson was drafted in April, No. 16 belonged to receiver Jordan Shipley.  But with receiver Taylor Price now gone and No. 15 available, Shipley took 15 and Robinson got 16.

With Shipley and Robinson represented by the same firm, the change was more easily accomplished

“It means a lot to me,” Robinson said.  “I took it from my brother.  He wore 16.  That was my role model.  I wanted to copy him.”

Technically, 16 is available only to quarterbacks and receivers; the Jaguars recently indicated that Robinson’s focus will be running back and Wildcat quarterback.  The NFL has no specific numerical range for “offensive weapon,” which is Robinson’s official designation.

It’s a little odd that the buttoned-down NFL would permit a guy who apparently will be playing more running back than quarterback or receiver to stray from the range of numbers available to running backs.  (Maybe if the Saints had listed Reggie Bush as an “offensive weapon” in 2006, he would have been able to wear No. 5, something he tried to get the NFL to allow him to do.)

Then there’s the issue of any unsold Nike jerseys with Robinson’s name on the back and No. 29 on the front, back, and sleeves.  Typically, the player has to write a check for the wholesale value of the wasted merchandise if he changes his name.

For those reasons, there’s a chance that the shift is not yet a done deal.  Indeed, the Jaguars’ official website shows that two players wear No. 16:  Robinson and newly-acquired receiver Charly Martin.

UPDATE 10:10 a.m. ET:  Martin will wear No. 85; the information on the website was erroneous.  Also, a Jaguars spokesman tells PFT that Robinson’s initial number was intended to be temporary, and no jerseys were sold or marketed with No. 29.  The league has not objected to the change.  (Yet.)

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21 Responses to “Denard Robinson switches numbers”
  1. tooz72 says: Aug 8, 2013 8:20 AM

    London Jagoffs, coming Fall of 2014

  2. armadaservices says: Aug 8, 2013 8:28 AM

    NFL sure has some balls making the guys pay for the unsold jerseys.

  3. jonrando says: Aug 8, 2013 8:37 AM

    I forget, why does Devin Hester get to wear 23 at receiver again?

  4. Mike Florio says: Aug 8, 2013 8:38 AM

    @jonrando — he entered the league as a cornerback.

  5. ddogdaddy says: Aug 8, 2013 8:39 AM

    My guess there hasn’t been a big rush from the Jacksonville fans to buy a jersey of a 5th round rookie that doesn’t have a position or hasn’t played in a game yet. I mean why would they when they have so many other superstars to pick from like…….. Never mind, get the Robinson jersey. After all, he does have a great nickname and he doesn’t tie his shoe laces. So that is pretty cool right?

  6. philliesblow says: Aug 8, 2013 8:52 AM

    Read the small print in the NFL uniform by-laws and you will see the #16 is allowed for any one playing the Designated Fumbler position.

  7. larrydavid7000 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:04 AM

    Well they need some way to pay for the Tarps that they use in that stadium. You know with all the black outs they have there in Jacksonville.

  8. pmuraus says: Aug 8, 2013 9:18 AM

    Well they need some way to pay for the Tarps that they use in that stadium. You know with all the black outs they have there in Jacksonville.

    no blackouts since 2010. Better attendance than Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota,Miami

  9. pnut87 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:19 AM

    That’s why you don’t buy a jersey until the regular season folks.

  10. bpowder85 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:21 AM

    “larrydavid7000 says:
    Aug 8, 2013 9:04 AM
    Well they need some way to pay for the Tarps that they use in that stadium. You know with all the black outs they have there in Jacksonville.”

    Go play in the street.

  11. jaredo10 says: Aug 8, 2013 9:23 AM

    or never buy a jersey unless u know the player is legit. as an eagles fan example nMandi kearse babin T O jerseys

  12. shackdelrio says: Aug 8, 2013 9:29 AM

    I don’t think that many Robinson #29 jerseys were made. A few local stores in Jacksonville did not even carry his jersey yet because they knew he wanted to switch numbers.

  13. groleo45 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:01 AM

    While you do mention Denard’s brother briefly, there is much more of a story here–his brother Timothy died of internal bleeding after an afternoon playing football outside w/ Denard when they were 10&11.

    Even the No Fun League has to be flexible enough to let an ‘offensive weapon’ wear a receiver number to honor his dead brother.

  14. insanelomein2 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:05 AM

    jonrando says: Aug 8, 2013 8:37 AM

    I forget, why does Devin Hester get to wear 23 at receiver again?
    ———————————————–
    I believe Hester was drafted as a DB/KR and then converted to WR his 2nd or 3rd year in.

  15. schmitty2 says: Aug 8, 2013 10:37 AM

    The only places who are making Robinson jerseys at this point are the counterfit shops in the Far East.

  16. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 8, 2013 11:02 AM

    Robinson was a 5th round pick/college quarterback who couldn’t throw a pass to save his life.
    When can we stop talking about him?

  17. threeifbyair says: Aug 8, 2013 11:28 AM

    So _that’s_ how Tebow will get away with wearing 5 as a tight end. (Although he’d be fine wearing his traditional number 15 there.)

  18. swede700 says: Aug 8, 2013 11:57 AM

    Not related to the object of the story at all, but that picture really emphasizes how atrocious those new Jaguars unis will look in actual games. They are gawd-awful…and very soon will go down in history as the worst uni in all of athletics history, surpassing tequila sunrise and those University of Maryland unis.

  19. savocabol1 says: Aug 8, 2013 1:10 PM

    You should be able to get any number at any position. There are so many exceptions nowadays that this rule is outdated and pointless.

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 8, 2013 1:10 PM

    I have yet to see an NFL team that doesn’t post erroneous information their website. It’s a massive problem across the league, they don’t know how to maintain a website with solid information and there’s always typos and other screwy mistakes or inconsistencies.

  21. razzzmajazzz says: Aug 8, 2013 4:22 PM

    Am I the only one out there whop is sick to death of every receiver these days insisting on have a number in the teens? Every team has about 3 WRs whith numbers in the 80s and everyone else wants 14 or 11 or 17 or 19 or 12. Thank you stupid Keyshawn Johnson. (however you spell his dumb name)

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