Most notably, a new Nike collar that eliminates the Flywire design has been adopted by 19 of the 22 teams that were still using the old one — we’ll call them the Flyswatter Brigade! Here’s our rundown of what you can expect to see in the AFC North on the gridiron this fall.
The Bengals are marking their 50th season with a new jersey patch. Interestingly, it’s one of the newfangled synthetic patches, not a traditional embroidered design. These modern patches have been worn in the Super Bowl, but this appears to be the first time that an NFL team has worn one for a standard season-long patch.
The Bengals have also broken out the Flyswatter — and not a moment too soon. In addition to scrapping the Flywire, they’ve rid themselves of the neck roll format on their black jersey, with the orange trim now extending all the way around the collar — a big upgrade.
Incidentally, the Bengals usually post their jersey schedule on their website, but they haven’t yet updated the information for 2017. Keep an eye on this page; they’ll likely add this season’s info soon.
The Steelers will add a memorial patch for former owner Dan Rooney, who passed away over the summer. They did not wear the patch during the preseason, but it will be added for the season opener against the Browns on Sept. 10 (additional info here).
Finally, if you were wondering what happened to uni numbers on the front of the Steelers’ helmets, don’t worry. They never bother with the front numbers during the preseason, but you can be sure the numerals will reappear for the season opener Sept. 10 in Cleveland.