Patriots linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley switching from No. 51 to No. 8

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick hates the new rule that gives players far more leeway about choosing their own jersey numbers. But that doesn’t mean Patriots players won’t take advantage of the rule.

The first Patriot to do so is linebacker, Ja’Whaun Bentley, who posted on Twitter that he’s switching from No. 51 to No. 8.

Bentley, who wore No. 4 in college at Purdue, may see an advantage to wearing a single-digit number: According to Bentley’s former teammate, Tom Brady, linebackers in single-digit jerseys are going to cause some confusion to offenses, who are going to have a harder time identifying who to block.

Last year Bentley emerged as a starting linebacker after Dont'a Hightower opted out of the 2020 season.

8 responses to “Patriots linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley switching from No. 51 to No. 8

  1. Bentley will be lucky to even make the team this year…, changing numbers won’t fool the coaches on who he really is & how much he stinks

  2. kissbillsrings says:
    May 15, 2021 at 3:31 pm
    Bentley will be lucky to even make the team this year…, changing numbers won’t fool the coaches on who he really is & how much he stinks

    5 4 Rate This

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    Another Brady Famboy who doesn’t get it. The Bruschi/Mayo/Hightower role is a tough one in the first year.

    I rememeber when Mayo went down in 2013, every troll out there like Felger and Mazz said Hightower was bust as he adjusted to the directing traffic role.

    Then Hightower wins 3 rings and becomes Mr February. If he wasn’t hurt in 2017, he probably has a 4th.

    Bentley isn’t Hightower but he will be better not having to be.

    Try to keep up.

  3. touchback6 says:
    May 15, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    kissbillsrings says:
    May 15, 2021 at 3:31 pm
    Bentley will be lucky to even make the team this year…, changing numbers won’t fool the coaches on who he really is & how much he stinks

    5 4 Rate This

    ———————-

    Another Brady Famboy who doesn’t get it. The Bruschi/Mayo/Hightower role is a tough one in the first year.

    I rememeber when Mayo went down in 2013, every troll out there like Felger and Mazz said Hightower was bust as he adjusted to the directing traffic role.

    Then Hightower wins 3 rings and becomes Mr February. If he wasn’t hurt in 2017, he probably has a 4th.

    Bentley isn’t Hightower but he will be better not having to be.

    Try to keep up.

    ———

    If BB put the team ahead of his ego and played Malcom Butler he would have had a 4th

  4. Bentley was drafted in the 5th round of the 2018 draft….
    Last year was not his 1st year of adjusting….he did show some promise his rookie year but took a big step back last year & MAYBE it was covid & all that went with it, but I doubt covid actually made him slow & Avery poor tackler when his opportunity was presented last year… then again maybe he was just too exhausted from having to be on the field so much due to Cam playing like a steaming pile of dog doo….
    Hightower was a 1st round pick so that’s probably why those clowns called him a bust which I never thought he was or would be…..Bentley needs to WAY UP his game or he will be kicking a can or stinking up some other teams D-Line…..
    THAT is all I’m saying….I’m feeling very caught up & I can say he was a 5th rounder for a reason & not a bust, just average at best to this point & THAT is being kind

  5. nhpats2011 says:
    May 15, 2021 at 6:17 pm
    touchback6 says:
    May 15, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    kissbillsrings says:
    May 15, 2021 at 3:31 pm
    Bentley will be lucky to even make the team this year…, changing numbers won’t fool the coaches on who he really is & how much he stinks

    5 4 Rate This

    ———————-

    Another Brady Famboy who doesn’t get it. The Bruschi/Mayo/Hightower role is a tough one in the first year.

    I rememeber when Mayo went down in 2013, every troll out there like Felger and Mazz said Hightower was bust as he adjusted to the directing traffic role.

    Then Hightower wins 3 rings and becomes Mr February. If he wasn’t hurt in 2017, he probably has a 4th.

    Bentley isn’t Hightower but he will be better not having to be.

    Try to keep up.

    ———

    If BB put the team ahead of his ego and played Malcom Butler he would have had a 4th

    2 9 Rate This

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    Any real Pats fan knows Butler was playing like hot garbage. You are either a very uneducated Pats fan or a troll.

    Who has the flu, shows up late after playing like garbage for a month and then expects to play?

    When are you going to see a therapist about this? bWahah

    What a loser.

  6. ouchback6 says:
    May 15, 2021 at 8:02 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    May 15, 2021 at 6:17 pm
    touchback6 says:
    May 15, 2021 at 4:53 pm
    kissbillsrings says:
    May 15, 2021 at 3:31 pm
    Bentley will be lucky to even make the team this year…, changing numbers won’t fool the coaches on who he really is & how much he stinks

    5 4 Rate This

    ———————-

    Another Brady Famboy who doesn’t get it. The Bruschi/Mayo/Hightower role is a tough one in the first year.

    I rememeber when Mayo went down in 2013, every troll out there like Felger and Mazz said Hightower was bust as he adjusted to the directing traffic role.

    Then Hightower wins 3 rings and becomes Mr February. If he wasn’t hurt in 2017, he probably has a 4th.

    Bentley isn’t Hightower but he will be better not having to be.

    Try to keep up.

    ———

    If BB put the team ahead of his ego and played Malcom Butler he would have had a 4th

    2 9 Rate This

    ———1—

    Any real Pats fan knows Butler was playing like hot garbage. You are either a very uneducated Pats fan or a troll.

    Who has the flu, shows up late after playing like garbage for a month and then expects to play?

    When are you going to see a therapist about this? bWahah

    What a loser.

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    Stop being a BB apologist. Butler played more snaps at CB than any other player that season. The defense as it was couldn’t stop the Eagles even once. There was zero reason not to give Butler a try. Zero except BB’s ego got in the way

  7. BB should have at least tried Butler that game. Defense couldn’t stop anything. Brady put up over 500 yards. It was very frustrating to watch.

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