Patriots top pick Malcom Brown and teammates go without jersey numbers


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots first-round draft choice Malcom Brown took part in the traditional photo with owner Robert Kraft and president Jonathan Kraft on Wednesday, holding up a No. 1 jersey with his last name on the back.

As for what number Brown will wear on the field, he isn’t quite sure.

“I really don’t know right now. All we’re in is blue shirts and gray shirts," he said.

Indeed, once again, coach Bill Belichick has players practicing without jersey numbers during organized team activities. There’s a method to Belichick’s thinking.

“It forces you to learn everybody’s name, it forces you to know people and [think about] how you communicate with someone you don’t know,” Brown explained.

Brown wore No. 90 at Texas. Defensive lineman Zach Moore, a 2014 sixth-round draft choice out of Concordia, wore that number last season.