It looks like Jalen Mills isn’t just switching positions (from cornerback to safety) in 2020. The Green Goblin also appears to be switching jersey numbers.
Newly signed Eagles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman revealed as much on social media. NRC posted a picture of himself photoshopped into an Eagles No. 31 jersey, which has been Mills’ number since 2016. When asked about what happened to Mills’ No. 31, NRC responded in a manner that suggests Mills will be wearing No. 21 moving forward.
Nickell Robey-Coleman will be #31 this year for the Birds. NRC said Mills is switching to #21.— shamus (@shamus_clancy) March 30, 2020
It doesn’t make any rational sense, but Mills will look 1000 faster in #21 (best cornerback number) pic.twitter.com/kyBtoqHiDV
Further, Mills seemingly confirmed the change himself:
21 21 21❗️— Jalen Mills (@greengoblin) March 30, 2020
No. 21 was previously taken by Ronald Darby, who just confirmed he won’t be back in Philly by signing with Washington.
Mills once talked about how No. 31 was significant to him because it represented how 31 other teams passed on him several times prior to being selected by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft’s seventh round.
It’s interesting to see that Mills didn’t go for No. 28 considering that’s available and that’s what he last wore when he played at safety at LSU in 2015. I don’t know about you but I like the idea of a new number for Mills as he takes on a new position.
Mills is the first Eagles safety to wear No. 21 since Jerome Couplin last sported it in 2015. David Sims was the safety who had it prior to that.
Here’s a recap of the Eagles jersey number news we’ve heard so far this offseason:
Darius Slay — wearing No. 24 (in honor of Kobe Bryant)
Jalen Mills — going from No. 31 to No. 21
Nickell Robey-Coleman — wearing No. 31
I asked Will Parks what jersey number he plans to wear since his old No. 34 is taken by Cre’Von LeBlanc but the Philly native didn’t have an answer in mind. Strap said he’d give up his number to Parks if the Eagles let him wear No. 25, which probably isn’t about to happen since it hasn’t been worn since LeSean McCoy was traded.
Stay tuned for much more important #JerseyNumberAnalytics here at Bleeding Green Nation as updates become available through the offseason.