Falcons candidates to wear No. 0 jersey

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For the first time in 50 years, NFL players will be able to wear No. 0 during the 2023 season. Per the NFL’s memo, skill players, anyone who isn’t on the offensive or defensive line, will be able to wear No. 0 on their uniform.┬áLet’s talk about which Falcons are best suited to rock the goose egg.

Cordarrelle Patterson

Despite wearing #84 for his entire career, seeing someone as electric as Patterson rocking #0 would be awesome. He’s certainly not my first choice, but the Falcons could do much worse.

Kyle Pitts

Kyle Pitts wore #84 in college and has worn #8 since entering the NFL, but I have to say the number doesn’t fit him as I’d hoped. Anyone as big and fast as Kyle Pitts wearing #0 would be a home run.

Keith Smith

This one is self-explanatory. Fullbacks are a dying breed, but not in Arthur Smith’s offense. Scrap the tough looking #40 and swap it with #0 — that’s objectively hilarious.

Arnold Ebiketie, DeAngelo Malone, etc.

Any pass rusher deserves the right to don #0 while sacking opposing quarterbacks. I don’t care who it is. Wearing #0 screaming off the backside edge will undoubtedly make any Falcon look cool.

Avery Williams

Everything I said for pass rushers applies to return specialists. Wearing #0 instead of #35 will make Avery Williams faster.

Taylor Heinicke

No, starting quarterbacks aren’t allowed to wear #0, but you know who is? The backup. Imagine the Falcons are down a touchdown with two minutes left in a playoff-clinching game and Desmond Ridder can’t go. Out runs #0 Taylor Heinicke to lead the Dirty Birds to the postseason for the first time in five seasons. I’d watch that movie.

Every single potential first-round pick

Christian Gonzalez, Devon Witherspoon, Bijan Robinson, Tyree Wilson, etc. Nearly every potential prospect would look awesome as the Falcons’ first ever #0. Add Darnell Washington as a second-round pick that would be an automatic candidate too.

Photographer: David J. Griffin/Icon Sportswire

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