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Julian Love to wear No. 20 among new jersey numbers

On Monday, the Giants announced the jersey numbers of the free agent signings, signaling a change for one of the team's young defensive backs.

James Bradberry will wear No. 24, the same number he wore during his time with the Carolina Panthers. Second-year corner Julian Love will now wear No. 20.

Linebacker Blake Martinez will wear No. 54 after four seasons as No. 50 with the Green Bay Packers, while outside linebacker Kyler Fackrell will keep the same No. 51 that he's worn throughout his NFL career.

Here are the jersey numbers for the team's recent signings.

View photos of the New York Giants free agent signings.

Blake Martinez gives a tour of his home workout facility

During his introductory conference call with Giants reporters last week, linebacker Blake Martinez discussed the training facility connected to his home in Arizona that he and his father built over the last year.

"We started this project last year. We built a facility that has a living area, it has a weight room, turf field and it has a basketball court," the linebacker said. "Me and my dad made this project together. It was weirdly at a perfect time because we have to be quarantined. So I'm basically quarantined in a weight room. It's been awesome for me."

While the 26-year-old did help with its construction, he admitted to reporters that his dad did the bulk of the work.

"The only thing I helped with was the foundation part because that was the only thing I could be here for," Martinez said last week. "During the season was when he was building it this last year. It was pretty much done when I came back. All we had to do was put the weight room equipment in and turf field down. Right now, it is completely done. It's been amazing to have."

2020 NFL Draft will proceed as scheduled, but in fully virtual format

Commissioner Roger Goodell informed all 32 NFL clubs that the 2020 NFL Draft would proceed in a fully virtual format in a memo sent out Monday.

League and club facilities are set to remain closed indefinitely, to ensure the NFL is in compliance with current regulations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and therefore clubs were advised to prepare to conduct the draft outside of their facilities.

Team personnel were furthermore advised to be in separate locations, using phone and the internet to communicate.

Monday's news is the latest adjustment to how the draft will operate as the country continues to feel the effects of the coronavirus.

In March, the league prohibited teams from conducting pre-draft visits with prospects at club facilities, forcing teams to rely on virtual methods to meet with prospective players.

The draft, originally scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, takes place April 23-25.

View photos of every player projected to the Giants in mock drafts one week ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft.


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