By Ed Baylor: Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III confirmed today what most knowledgeable football fans and writers already knew, that he would be keeping his No.10 jersey. Newly acquired wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who wore No.10 while playing with the Philadelphia Eagles, said on Wednesday that he’d been in discussions about getting the No.10. However, RG3 came out today to confirm that he’ll be keeping his number and not giving it to Jackson.
“Fans everywhere please calm down. Not changing my # @DeseanJackson10 will kick off his new beginning with us in a new one,” RG3 said on his twitter.
Even if RG3 wanted to give up his jersey, it’s likely that the NFL would say no due to the huge amount of No.10 RG3 jerseys that are still for sale in NFL shops. RG3’s No.10 is the 11th most popular jersey at the NFL shops, and you can’t just change the number due to all the merchandize out there with his old number on it. For NFL fans who have spent tons of money on buying RG3 merchandize with his No.10 on it, they’re likely going to feel ripped off because their stuff would be basically worthless other than as a collector’s item.
Jackson will have to take another number, but it really doesn’t matter that he’s stuck with a different number. As long as he plays well, his number will become popular with NFL fans. I’m just not sure that Jackson will be able to put up the same kinds of stats in 2014 with RG3 throwing the ball to him than he did last season with the Eagles Nick Foles tossing him the ball.
RG3 might be a great runner, but he’s clearly not in the same league as Foles is in terms of his ability to throw the ball from the pocket. In his two seasons as the Redskins starter, RG3 has thrown the ball outside of the pocket much of the time. He tends to throw the ball on the run, and this hurts his accuracy and his ability to get the ball deep. Jackson is a good receiver, but he doesn’t have the height and reach to catch passes that are off target like the ones that RG3 throws a lot of the time.