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“Ravens LB gets New Jersey number”

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Trenton Simpson is entering his second NFL season, but he will look a little different compared to his rookie year.

Simpson announced on Instagram that he would be changing his jersey number from 30 to 23 in honor of his mother.

Simpson, a third-round pick out of Clemson last year, didn't play much in his rookie season with Patrick Queen and Roquan Smith holding down the middle linebacker spots. However, with Queen no longer with the team following his contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Simpson is expected to play a larger role on defense this season. And Smith is confident in Simpson's abilities after being a teammate for a year.

“He has all the potential in the world,” Smith said. “It’s just going to be about playing on the field week in and week out and just trusting in your abilities. If he can do that, I think he’ll be the best second-year linebacker in the league in my opinion.”

Simpson appeared in 15 games for the Ravens in 2023, but only recorded 46 defensive snaps all season. He saw more action on special teams, playing in 258 snaps and proving valuable in that area.

Perhaps the confidence Smith has in Simpson, along with his new number change to honor his mother's athletic career, could give the second-year pro the jump he's looking for.

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