Isaiah McKenzie is going to have a new look in 2022.
The Buffalo Bills wide receiver has decided to change his number, according to the man himself.
McKenzie shared a few things on his social media accounts this week displaying the change.
The first, and dead giveaway, was a photoshopped image of him in his Bills uniform with the No. 6 on his chest:
It’s official 6️⃣ pic.twitter.com/6zNo0gMbTN
— Isaiah McKenzie (@_IsaiahMcKenzie) May 2, 2022
Earlier this spring, the Bills re-signed McKenzie to a two-year deal. He was a pending free agent.
In recent years, the NFL approved a change to number rules relating to some positions. Receivers were allowed to change their number to a single digit, but only under a few specific protocols.
Players could do so last season immediately if they paid a fee. However, that fee would be “waived” once a player was a free agent and then signed a new contract like McKenzie has.
This is why former Bill Emmanuel Sanders was allowed to wear No. 1 last season.
Why the change for McKenzie? It’s not entirely clear.
McKenzie did wear 16 in college at the University of Georgia. Isaiah Hodgins currently wears No. 16, so No. 6 might be a good bridge between the two.
On his Instagram, McKenzie also posted a video of the official change and discussed it with a few teammates the locker room.
Check that out below via Bills Wire’s Bradley Gelber:
Isaiah McKenzie shares that he has officially changed to no. 6 — #Bills punter Matt Araiza takes over no. 19. pic.twitter.com/4d4rujFnma
— Bradley Gelber (@BradleyGelber) May 2, 2022
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