Steelers Dri Archer Changes To Jersey Number 13

Hopefully you didn’t run right out and buy a No. 34 Dri Archer jersey, because the Kent State product has already changed numbers.

On Monday, Archer, the Steelers third-round draft pick, posted a picture of his new number on Instagram and the official website also has updated the numeral change from 34 to 13.

So what does this change mean? According to the NFL rules, Archer’s primary position is now wide receiver, as running backs and defensive backs are required to wear numbers 20-49.

In case you are curious, below are the NFL rules on jersey numbers.

Article 2

All players must wear numerals on their jerseys in accordance with Rule 5, Section 4, Article 3(c). Such numerals must be by playing position, as follows:

(a) quarterbacks, punters, and placekickers: 1-19;
(b) running backs and defensive backs: 20-49;
(c) centers: 50-79;
(d) offensive guards and tackles: 60-79;
(e) wide receivers: 10-19 and 80-89;
(f) tight ends: 80-89;
(g) defensive linemen: 50-79 and 90-99;
(h) linebackers: 50-59 and 90-99

If a player changes his position during his playing career in the NFL, and such change moves him from a position as an ineligible pass receiver to that of an eligible pass receiver, or from a position as an eligible pass receiver to that of an ineligible pass receiver, he must be issued an appropriate new jersey numeral. A change in jersey numeral is not required if the change is from an ineligible position to another ineligible position, or from an eligible position to another eligible position, provided that the player has participated at least one season at his position prior to the change.

Any request to wear a numeral for a special position not specified above (e.g., H-back) must be made to the Commissioner.

During the preseason period when playing rosters are larger, the League will allow duplication and other temporary deviations from the numbering scheme specified above, but the rule must be adhered to for all players during the regular season and postseason. Clubs must make numerals available to adhere to the rule, even if it requires returning to circulation a numeral that has been retired or withheld for other reasons. See 5-3-1 for reporting a change of position.

  • Ike Evans

    I like the 34 better

  • J&LSteeler

    what about linebackers?

  • 2443scott

    well i guess we now know where the coaching staff has plans for him

  • steeltown

    50-59 & 90-99

  • dgh57

    Who knows since 13 can’t play RB maybe they’re clearing the way to resign LSH!

  • Jon Crissinger

    13 can lineup in the backfield, they just can’t be listed on the roster as a RB. Kind of how they have lineman lineup as a fullback in the backfield, but their number does not correspond to that position.

  • nicolaisim

    Dri Archer is probably just studying the teams history and saw Mendenhall screw up Super Bowl 45… then changed the number!

  • dgh57

    Okay that make sense. It also means he’s now not restricted to playing off the line when out at the WR position.

  • RMSteeler

    Maybe he’s thinking ahead. As I understand it, if designated as a WR, he would (if he makes it to second contract) get Transition or Franchise money as a wide receiver, not as a RB. WR $ is MUCH higher. Jimmy Graham has petitioned to get his designation changed from TE to WR to get more $ on his tag.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    Well with his speed he will have to be respected deep, we know that. I don’t know that this changes much of anything. He might be listed WR, but to me he is still a RB. I don’t know how or if it will affect the roster when it comes to RBs.

  • richheddleson

    Except for Kion Wilson, who wore #48 during the regular season, against the rules……

  • steeltown

    That must have had something to do with the fact that he was a nickel LB (or technically a Safety/Linebacker)

  • I would rather see what they have first

  • dgh57

    I agree, it’s just the first name that came to mind when 34 became available.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    All the cool kids will have hs 34 jersey

  • Johnny Loose

    Whatever, doesn’t matter to me really. I do remember LSH wearing 34 in the preseason last year. If he’s wearing 13 and makes the roster as a WR, I wonder if that means they will keep another RB like LSH or Jordan Hall or whoever.

  • steelster

    numbers mean little.

  • alevin16

    It was a cursed number for RBs…Walter Abercrombie!! (Before anyone gets all bent out of shape I am just kidding around)

  • Steelers12328882

    I still think skill players should be allowed to wear single digit numbers. Then he could wear the #1. 13 will look pretty cool too tho.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Not me i like 13 he’s gonna be bad luck for the defense to match up against

  • Ike Evans

    Lmao…wat if it backfires on us tho and hes bad luck for our offense?

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Then he should def consider a new one but i think that was his mindset when he selected it to go along with that chip on his shoulder

  • Devin Hester wears 23 cause he was considered a CB. He’s never even take snaps on defense. As long as they consider archer a WR he can take as many snaps in the backfield as he wants.. He will be used in the slot and special teams. Bell and Blount will get most of carries anyway.

  • 2winz

    wasn’t dallas clark #44? he was a tight end lol

  • Craig Ressler

    Yeah, the #1 would have been cool to see him in again but in black and gold.