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Bengals’ Tee Higgins changing jersey number after 2021 season: ‘I don’t want to be (Ochocinco) 2.0’

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For those who’re pondering of shopping for a Tee Higgins jersey, you may need to wait a yr. The second-year Bengals broad receiver told reporters Thursday that he intends to modify from No. 85 to No. 5 after the 2021 season. The transfer will reunite Higgins with the quantity he wore in highschool and faculty earlier than coming into the NFL, however as The Athletic’s Paul Dehner Jr. notes, it largely stems from the younger move catcher’s need to create a legacy separate from that of former Bengals star Chad Johnson.

Johnson wore No. 85 for all of his 10 seasons in Cincinnati, the place he logged six Professional Bowl appearances and greater than 10,000 profession receiving yards from 2001-2010. After all, his huge identify turned so synonymous together with his jersey quantity that he additionally actually modified his identify to Chad Ochocinco, which he held from 2008-2012, earlier than reverting to Chad Johnson. Higgins took over No. 85 after coming into as a second-round draft choose in 2020, trying to include his No. 5 from Clemson earlier than the NFL loosened jersey restrictions to permit skill-position gamers to put on single digits.

“It isn’t that huge of a deal,” Higgins mentioned Thursday. “I simply really feel like Chad has performed a lot for this group. I simply acquired feeling that his quantity goes to be lifted someday. I simply need to make a reputation for myself. Lots of people preserve saying on Twitter ‘Ochocinco 2.0.’ I do not need to be a 2.0. No disrespect to Chad. He is an awesome receiver. I simply do not need to be a 2.0 for myself. I need to be Tee Higgins 1.0 and No. 5 and make a reputation for myself for this group.”

Higgins, for what it is price, is off to a good begin. The 22-year-old caught 67 passes for 908 yards and 6 touchdowns as a rookie, shortly establishing himself as a favourite goal of quarterback Joe Burrow. On Sunday, kicking off his second season, he hauled in one other 4 passes for 58 yards and a rating, serving to Cincinnati upset the Vikings.

Will Joe Burrow develop into a franchise QB in his second season in Cincinnati? Can Ja’Marr Chase dwell as much as the hype? Download the CBS Sports app to see the latest news from our team of football experts, player projections, and more. If you have already got the app, set the Bengals as your favourite workforce to get up-to-the-minute headlines.  

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