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Jersey Number Changes Abound

With additions like Anquan Boldin and Cory Redding, several jersey numbers have changed.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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It was thought that new Ravens wideout Anquan Boldin would retain his No. 81 when his jersey switched from red and white to purple and black, but what about fellow receiver Marcus Smith?

Smith, the previous owner of 81, represents just one of a host of Ravens jersey changes to take place this offseason.

The former fourth-round draft pick is officially moving to No. 11, which coincidentally belonged to Boldin’s former Pro Bowl receiving partner, Larry Fitzgerald.

Smith laughed when asked about his new shirt.

“It’s going to look good on the front and the back,” said Smith. “I like 11. It’s sharp.”

Another Ravens addition, defensive end Cory Redding, will assume No. 93 after Dwan Edwards joined the Buffalo Bills as an unrestricted free agent.
Redding held No. 94 last season with the Seattle Seahawks and No. 78 during a six-year stint with the Detroit Lions.

According to longtime equipment manager Ed Carroll, however, Redding made a point to note that the number does not make the man and he would have accepted anything.

Still, outside linebacker Willie VanDeSteeg recently took No. 94 in lieu of the 68 he wore last year as an undrafted rookie free agent, possibly removing that high digit from the market.

“It’s more of a linebacker’s number,” VanDeSteeg said.

In addition, wideout Maurice Price went from No. 16 to 17 with the departure of David Tyree, and Chris Hannon is now listed at No. 15 (Kelley Washington) instead of his previous 80.

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