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.
It doesn’t make any rational sense, but Mills will look 1000 faster in #21 (best cornerback number) pic.twitter.com/kyBtoqHiDV
— shamus (@shamus_clancy) March 30, 2020
Further, Mills seemingly confirmed the change himself:
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.
Here’s a recap of the Eagles jersey number news we’ve heard so far this offseason:
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.