Before Robert Kelley even plays a NFL game for the Washington Redskins, the rookie running back must undergo a big change.
No, not adjusting from Tulane to the pro ranks. It's a jersey thing.
With 90 players starting in camp, players often double up on numbers. Kelley wore 22 during training camp. So did safety Deshazor Everett. Both made the 53-man roster. Everett was here last year so apparently seniority wins. The new kid needed a new number. Here it is.
Kelley wore 28 at Tulane - hence his @_2eight Twitter handle -- so presumably there's no major connection with the number. Well, except it's what he wore when going from undrafted free agent to the NFL.
Silas Redd was the last player to wear 32. Fans can hope the "Fat Rob" era works out better.
The last 32 with any real impact was probably...hold on this is going to take some research...no, not Jordan Pugh or Ade Jimoh...Kenny Watson, eh. ...OK, here we go: Ricky Ervins. Played with the Redskins from 1991-1994. The squat back finished second in rushing to Earnest Byner during the 1992 Super Bowl winning season.
There's a decent chance Kelley finishes second in rushing to starter Matt Jones seeing as the only other RB, Chris Thompson, primarily catches passes. Based on how he looked wearing No. 22 and Jones' injury history, there's a chance he finishes first. If he does, some might start buying No. 32 Kelley jerseys.
Also, as far as we know, the change with Kelley does not include the hair. "Dread the dreadlocks" remains. Also, if this was the XFL, no doubt the new jersey would say "Fat Rob" on the back.
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