Why Daron Payne switched to No. 94 as soon as it was available

Zach Brook
NBC Sports Washington
Daron Payne changes jersey numbers to pay homage to high school days, as No. 94 was recently made available

Why Daron Payne switched to No. 94 as soon as it was available

Daron Payne changes jersey numbers to pay homage to high school days, as No. 94 was recently made available

Why Daron Payne switched to No. 94 as soon as it was available originally appeared on nbcsportswashington.com

Redskins' defensive lineman Daron Payne will be sporting a new number in his second season, reverting back to No. 94 after playing his rookie season in the Burgundy and Gold at No. 95.

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Payne, who had preferred No. 94 through his days in high school as well as while down in Tuscaloosa as a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide, didn't have the option to choose it after being selected 13th by the Redskins in the 1st Round of the 2018 NFL Draft, as the number was already claimed by then-Redskin Preston Smith, who had chosen it three years earlier.

With Smith off to Green Bay, Payne pounced on the opportunity to shift back to the jersey number that he'd gone with for so long before coming to the nation's capital. 

Payne performed admirably in his inaugural season with Washington, recording 35 solo tackles, five sacks, and one forced fumble, while suiting up in all 16 games and receiving praise for his outstanding play from the Pro Football Writers Association as one of the premier up-and-coming interior linemen in the NFL.

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