Detroit Lions: D’Andre Swift, Jeffrey Okudah, and NFL jersey rules

D'Andre Swift, Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
D'Andre Swift, Georgia Bulldogs (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

The Detroit Lions have a few rookies bending the rules when it comes to jersey numbers, how will this issue be resolved and where have we seen this before?

This past week, the Detroit Lions social media team has revealed pictures of their new members in uniform. If you don’t know by now, rookie running back D’Andre Swift and cornerback Jeffrey Okudah are both wearing numbers that go against the NFL jersey rules.

As of now, Swift will wear number six on his back, while Okudah has number one. The issue here is that running backs and cornerbacks are only allowed to wear jersey numbers that lies between 20-49.

Although there isn’t a specific reason as to why they chose these numbers for the time being, we have to assume it’s due to limited choices. Tennessee Titans all-pro running back Derrick Henry did something very similar his rookie year.

Henry wore number two on his jersey until the roster was cut to 53 players, then ultimately settled on number 22. Expect the same from Swift and Okudah, who might have to wait until the final roster is decided.

Especially since there are no numbers available to running backs, cornerbacks, and safeties on the Lions current 90-man roster. If I had to guess, Okudah will end up with number 28, which is currently held by cornerback Micheal Jackson. I’d like to see Swift with number 35, since he was drafted at pick 35.

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What do you guys think? Should the NFL follow the NCAA system and allow players to wear any number they choose? Or should they keep the system they already have in place? Personally, I’m a fan of how it is now and don’t think the NFL will be changing anything soon. Make sure to tell us in the comment section below.