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The New Orleans Saints announce new jersey numbers for veterans and rookies

The New Orleans Saints will be busy conducting their rookie minicamp this time next week, and now we know what jersey numbers many of their new players will be wearing. But it's not just first-year pros who are opting for new numbers. Veteran players like defensive end Chase Young and linebacker Willie Gay have also chosen their jersey numbers. And a few players who were on the team last year have moved on to new pieces, like defensive tackle Khalen Saunders.

Expect more changes over the summer as players are added and removed from the roster, freeing up coveted jersey numbers for others – that's just one example, but there's a good chance the second-round cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry will not wear the number. 34 in the fall. Incidentally, that's the same number Marshon Lattimore wore as a rookie before switching to number 23 over the summer, which he has since made his own. Perhaps McKinstry hopes to do the same.

Here is the full list of Saints players with new jersey numbers in 2024:

August 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kellen Mond (11) throws the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 12 (Colts)

Oct 15, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Will Harris (25) reacts after intercepting the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 5 (Lions)

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – OCTOBER 8: Willie Gay #50 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at US Bank Stadium on October 8, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Previous number: No. 50 (Chiefs)

January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Nathan Peterman (14) warms up before the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 14 (Bears)

December 17, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Cedrick Wilson Jr. (11) takes the field to face the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 11 (Dolphins)

January 8, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown (19) runs after a catch in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 19 (Bears)

Oct 16, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Stanley Morgan (17) warms up before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 17 (Bengals)

November 5, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints punter Lou Hedley (39) warms up before the game against the Chicago Bears at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 39 (Saints)

Previous number: No. 0 (Pittsburgh)

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 25: Spencer Rattler #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks passes the ball in the first quarter during their game against the Clemson Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2023 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

Previous number: No. 7 (South Carolina)

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 25: Rejzohn Wright #31 of the Carolina Panthers stands at the line of scrimmage during the second half of a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at Bank of America Stadium on August 25, 2023 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Previous number: No. 37 (Saints)

Previous number: No. 1 (Alabama)

December 16, 2023; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns running back Jacob Kibodi (0) runs with the Louisiana flag against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks during the first half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 0 (Louisiana)

August 22, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; A New Orleans Saints helmet on the bench during the second half of their game against the New England Patriots at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Patriots won 26-24. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 1 (Pittsburgh State)

Iowa State running back Jirehl Brock (21) attempts to tackle Southeast Missouri State cornerback Ty Leonard (5) and safety Lawrence Johnson (7) during the Iowa State-Southeast Missouri State game on Saturday, September 3, 2022 at Jack Trice Stadium Ames, Iowa. The Cyclones defeated the Redhawks 42-10. Margaret Kispert/The Register/USA TODAY NETWORK

Previous number: No. 7 (Southeast Missouri State)

November 26, 2022; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; TCU Horned Frogs safety Millard Bradford (28) intercepts from Iowa State Cyclones tight end DeShawn Hanika (83) during the first half at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Bradford returned the interception 36 yards for a touchdown. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 28 (TCU)

March 3, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFL International Player Pathway placekicker Charlie Smyth (pk12) during the 2024 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No.1 (Down County Gaelic Football)

August 25, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers defenseman Zander Horvath (40) warms up before the start of the first quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 40 (Chargers)

November 11, 2023; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores punter Matthew Hayball (45) hits South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Jamian Risher Jr. (34) in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 45 (Vanderbilt)

IOWA CITY, IOWA – SEPTEMBER 03: Running back Leshon Williams #4 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is tripped by linebacker Isaiah Stalbird #2 of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits during the second half at Kinnick Stadium on September 03, 2022 in Iowa City, Iowa brought. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Previous number: No. 2 (South Dakota State)

Dec 24, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Washington Commanders linebacker Khaleke Hudson (47) breaks up a pass intended for New York Jets running back Breece Hall (20) during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 47 (Commanders)

August 1, 2023; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Khalen Saunders (99) at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 99 (Saints)

Oct 1, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns linebacker Jaylan Ford (41) on the field in the first quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 41 (Texas)

Dec 27, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive end Nathan Latu (92) against the Wisconsin Badgers during the 2022 Guaranteed Rate Bowl at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 92 (Oklahoma State)

Oct. 21, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Boston College Eagles offensive lineman Kyle Hergel (60) meets Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets defenseman LaMiles Brooks (1) during the fourth quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium at Hyundai Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 60 (Boston College)

Oct. 13, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Tulane Green Wave offensive linemen Sincere Haynesworth (52) waits to snap the ball during the first half against the Memphis Tigers at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 52 (Tulane)

Oct. 21, 2023; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Malachi Coleman (15) and offensive lineman Nouredin Nouili ​​(63) in the fourth quarter against the Northwestern Wildcats at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 63 (Nebraska)

September 3, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants guard Shane Lemieux (66) during the Blue-White scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 66 (Giant)

September 9, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Golden Gophers defenseman Kyler Baugh (93) celebrates after tackling Eastern Michigan Eagles quarterback Austin Smith (4) in the first quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 93 (Minnesota)

Previous number: No. 75 (Eastern Kentucky)

ORCHARD PARK, NY – AUGUST 29: Olisaemeka Udoh #74 of the Minnesota Vikings blocks Jeff Holland #64 of the Buffalo Bills during the second quarter of a preseason game at New Era Field on August 29, 2019 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Previous number: No. 74 (Vikings)

Previous number: No. 75 (Oregon State)

Oct. 21, 2023; Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Mike Wright (14) throws a pass to Arkansas Razorbacks defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat (7) during the first quarter at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 7 (Arkansas)

September 25, 2022; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Las Vegas Raiders offensive tackle Justin Herron (71) leaves the field after warmups before the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 71 (Raiders)

September 3, 2022; Pullman, Washington, USA; Idaho Vandals wide receiver Jermaine Jackson (1) makes a catch for a first down against Washington State Cougars defensive back Armani Marsh (8) during the first half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 1 (Idaho)

Photo credit: Slippery Rock Athletic Communications

Previous number: No. 5 (Slippery Rock)

BOSTON, MA – NOVEMBER 19: Jackson Hawes #87 of the Yale Bulldogs celebrates his touchdown reception with Mason Tipton #1 in the fourth quarter of a 19-14 victory over the Harvard Crimson at Harvard Stadium on November 19, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts . (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Previous number: No. 1 (Yale)

CSU football junior tight end Dallin Holker takes the field as one of the Rams' captains for the Border War against Wyoming at War Mermorial Stadium on Friday, November 3, 2023 in Laramie, Wyo. Cris Tiller/Special to the Coloradoan/USA TODAY NETWORK

Previous number: No. 5 (Colorado State)

Previous number: No. 99 (Northern Iowa)

January 7, 2024; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Chase Young (92) before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Previous number: No. 92 (49ers)

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