Miami Dolphins finally issue jersey numbers for rookies and vets
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins continue their jersey number overhaul with several changes in the next 20.
Blake Ferguson will move from 50 to 44. The long-snapper did well in his rookie season and should continue to improve.
Linebacker Duke Riley will get number 45 and newcomer Bernardrick McKinney will wear number 50. Elandon Roberts will have a new number. After wearing 44 last year, Roberts will will give up the number to Ferguson and take in number 52. Brandon Scarlett will wear number 57. Last year 57 wasn’t worn.
The Dolphins website has two players listed at wearing number 45 with cornerback Tino Ellis also wearing the number. It’s not clear what number Ellis will change to or if the Riley’s listing is a mistake.
Matt Skura has been given 62 and Cameron Tom will wear 64.
As we move into the 70s, Adam Butler will wear 70, rookie Liam Eichenberg who Miami traded up for in round two will wear 74 and Tyle Gauthier will wear 75. D.J. Fluker will wear 76 and rookie Lantrel Coleman has been given number 79, rounding out the offensive line changes.
This year, tight ends get some changes as well. Cethan Carter will wear 82 and rookie 3rd round pick Hunter Long will sport 84. That’s a good number for him. Long wore number 80 in college but that currently belongs to Adam Shaheen. If for some reason Shaheen doesn’t make the roster, Long could change to that number before the season. The basketball player turned TE wannabe, Jabril Blount, will wear his first football uniform and take on 89.
Kai Locksley takes us into the 80s for receivers. With many receivers opting for single and teen numbers, Locksley will keep it traditional with number 87.
At DT, John Jenkins will take over number 90 which was worn by Shaq Lawson last year and Jonathan Ledbetter has been given 93. Rounding out the changes, Tyshun Render will wear 96.