With Philadelphia Eagles training camp set to begin, we have some very BIG news to report.
Michael Bennett will no longer wear the No. 77 jersey he wore for the three days of Eagles minicamp he attended back in June. (Hat tip to BGN’s own Cody Benjamin.) It’s the end of an era.
Instead, the 32-year-old defensive end is now going to wear No. 95, which was previously donned by former Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks is now employed by the Cleveland Browns after being released by Philadelphia in May.
Fun fact: Bennett is the first Eagles defensive lineman to wear No. 95 since ... Victor Abiamiri. The last time Bennett wore a number in the 90’s (No. 91) was back during his rookie season in 2009. He then changed to No. 71 with the Buccaneers for three seasons before getting No. 72 when he joined the Seahawks.
Bennett’s change to No. 95 means that veteran linebacker LaRoy Reynolds is now on his third jersey number since joining the Eagles in mid-May. Reynolds has actually logged more number changes than days practiced since he missed all of spring drills! Reynolds originally had No. 48 before moving to No. 95 and now taking over No. 50.
The No. 50 jersey was previously being used by Paul Worrilow, who suffered a torn ACL injury on the first day of OTAs. Worrilow is now No. 48. Nice of him to give up his jersey number while being on injured reserve.
With Bennett no longer using No. 77, undrafted rookie free agent Joe Ostman jumped at the chance to take that number. He was previously sharing No. 76 with offensive tackle Taylor Hart.
In other jersey number news, I imagine Kamar Aiken might take No. 81 since the recently waived Marquess Wilson was using that.
I’m very much a loser who cares about jersey numbers too much. (This info is actually a little important to me though when it come to recognizing players in camp this week.)