Diontae Johnson Teases Jersey Number Change With Panthers

New Panthers wide receiver Diontae Johnson might be rocking a new jersey numbers this season.
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The Carolina Panthers made a huge upgrade to their wide receiver room this offseason, acquiring veteran wide receiver Diontae Johnson from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 25-year-old Johnson had an okay 2023 season with the Steelers, recording 51 receptions (87 targets) for 717 yards and five touchdowns. However, the veteran wide receiver will look to have a fresh start in Carolina with new head coach Dave Canales and Bryce Young.

With Johnson joining the Panthers, the veteran wide receiver might want to change his jersey number too. Currently, no Panthers players are wearing No. 18, but Johnson has his eye on a single-digit jersey. The former Steelers wide receiver posted on Twitter, “That 5 gon look good on me.”

Johnson hasn’t worn No. 5 in high school or college, so this would be a brand-new look for the veteran wide receiver. However, Johnson did rock the No. 3 jersey during that time in HS and at Toledo.

The last time a Panthers player wore the No. 5 jersey was quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was on the team in 2020.

Carolina is looking to have a major bounce-back season in 2024 after finishing with only two wins last season. Johnson will play a huge part in that success as Young will lean on him and Thielen to help with his development at quarterback.

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