The Falcons’ first-round pick, Kyle Pitts, will wear #8 in the NFL after wearing #84 in college at Florida.
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) April 30, 2021
NFL team owners voted at a league meeting that would allow single-digit numbers to be worn by more players than just quarterbacks, kickers, and punters. The intended effect, per the proposal, would be that it “expands jersey number options for certain positions.” The stated reason for the desired change is “flexibility in assigning jersey numbers.”
The details of this specific proposal are defensive backs, linebackers, running backs, fullbacks, tight ends, and wide receivers. They are all allowed to wear single-digit numbers now. Defensive backs and linebackers could wear any number from 1 to 49, while running backs, fullbacks, tight ends, H-backs, and wide receivers could all wear 1 to 49 and 80 to 89.