New Eagles running back Miles Sanders announced he’ll be wearing the No. 26 jersey with Philadelphia. The following image comes via his official Instagram account:
Sanders wore No. 24 at Penn State but that number is currently occupied by Jordan Howard.
I wonder if we’ll see a LeSean McCoy situation here where Sanders switches his jersey number after his rookie season. Shady went from wearing No. 29 to No. 25. Howard could easily be gone after 2019 so Sanders might be tempted to switch to No. 24 in 2020.
Or Sanders could stick with the number that he now shares with his former college teammate: New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley.
No. 26 is a good look for Sanders. I’m sure the 2019 second-round pick’s jersey will become a pretty popular purchase for Philly fans, especially if he’s able to live up to his potential.
The last Eagles player to wear No. 26 was Jay Ajayi in 2018. Ajayi originally wore No. 36 after being acquired mid-season in 2017 but he switched numbers last year. Ajayi is currently a free agent and he’s obviously not expected to return to Philly.
The Eagles have yet to officially announce new jersey numbers for all of their offseason acquisitions. The ones we do know include:
DeSean Jackson —> No. 10
Jordan Howard —> No. 24
Miles Sanders —> No. 26
Vinny Curry —> No. 75
Andre Dillard —> No. 77
Malik Jackson —> No. 97
We’ll likely have more important jersey number news when the Eagles begin their rookie minicamp next week on Friday, May 10.