Chris Long connects with fans about decision on Patriots jersey number

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Veteran defensive end Chris Long, who officially signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots on Friday, is connecting with fans over social media as he considers his jersey number choices.

One thing Long relayed late Sunday night is that he asked former Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones if it was OK to take his No. 95, and Jones gave him the thumbs-up. As for why he felt like he should ask Jones, Long explained. And he also discussed the possibility of taking No. 75, in honor of his father, Pro Football Hall of Famer Howie Long.