May 1st, 2013 at 12:10 PM ^

Since the Jags are listing Denard as a Running Back his number has to be between #20-49. Were he a WR it could be #10-19, #80-89.

Maybe that's why he wanted to be a WR?

EDIT: Beat to the punch, so here's a link:

Quarterbacks, punters, and kickers: 1-19
Running backs: 20-49
Wide receivers: 10-19 and 80-89
Tight ends: 10-19 and 80-89 (or 40-49 if those ranges are taken)
Centers: 50-59 (or 60-79 if that range is taken)
Offensive linemen: 60-79
Defensive linemen: 60-79 and 90-99
Linebackers: 50-59 and 90-99
Defensive backs: 20-49


May 1st, 2013 at 12:28 PM ^

How is this rule enforceable at all? What if I tell the referees that every player on my team plays at every different position on the field? Then I can assign numbers at random. During games, I can simply claim that I happened to never call a play with player XX at position YY corresponding to player XX's number.

Seems an arbitrary rule to me, unless there is an NFL rule forbidding players from playing at multiple positions.





May 1st, 2013 at 12:41 PM ^

...the NFL is remarkably strict about these things.  They have someone at each game making sure that uniforms are w/in NFL guidelines.  A player can be fined for having his socks too low, for example. 


May 1st, 2013 at 12:55 PM ^

injuries,active roster,and depth chart have to be turned in a dew days before the game starts.2nd you can't switch numbers in the NFL like Kiffin did at USC last season.


May 1st, 2013 at 12:49 PM ^

Call him a WR.  That's what he worked out as at the combine.  Clearly he's a hybrid player so he'll be used in both roles and there aren't positional roster limits/requirements.  Hopefully, the number frees up and Denard is back in his familiar 16.


May 1st, 2013 at 2:22 PM ^

Players routinely change numbers in training camp as numbers open up with cuts.  Donta Hightower (a first rounder) wore 45 in Patriots camp last year and switched to 54 before the first game.  I'd be surprised if that rule were in place for a fifth round pick less than a week after the draft.  And buying every Denard jersey today would cost nothing.  So there's hope!


Ali G Bomaye

May 1st, 2013 at 2:02 PM ^

His first year with the Lions, Logan was listed only as a KR/PR, so he could wear WR numbers.  If a player switches positions, they don't have to switch numbers unless they are moving from an eligible receiver to an ineligible receiver or vice versa (which is why Bears WR Devin Hester still wears #23 - he was a CB his rookie year).

Drunk Uncle

May 1st, 2013 at 12:10 PM ^

Listed as a RB. Not surprised but I was curious to see if he would listed on the initial roster as WR.

Cool. I can't wait for him to light it up.


May 1st, 2013 at 12:13 PM ^

Didn't see this posted elsewhere and can't start my own post, but a few updates on other Michigan players:

Roundtree signed with the Bengals

Demens to the Cardinals

Haven't seen a Kovacs update, but for those still following Sam McGuffie, he signed with the Raiders... which somehow makes sense.

Apologies if I missed this in another post.


May 1st, 2013 at 12:20 PM ^

Did Kovacs and Omameh actually sign yet?  I'm not doubting you, just don't see them listed on the ESPN Transactions page.  In fact, neither the Lions or 49ers are even listed... just trying to figure out why.

Ali G Bomaye

May 1st, 2013 at 2:04 PM ^

The Bengals are the perfect spot for Roy Roundtree.  Andy Dalton has a noodle arm, but he's smart and knows how to use a shifty underneath receiver like Roundtree.  Plus, they're searching for another competent WR to play across from Green.  If he can make it anywhere in the NFL, he can make it with the Bengals.


May 1st, 2013 at 12:16 PM ^

I glanced at the RB's listed on the roster and aside from Jones Drew didn't see anyone that would probably be playing in front of Denard, in my opinion. It might be kind of weird but Denard could be the feature back in a short time depending on how much longer Jones Drew is with Jacksonville.


May 1st, 2013 at 12:25 PM ^

Probably one of the most important Denard questions and maybe one that has been addressed somewhere, but will he have to tie his shoes in the NFL?