Here is what you need to know on this Friday, June 29, 27 days before the Washington Redskins start training camp.
Examining the roles of the oldest Redskins on the roster
Last year the Redskins had five players on the roster who were 30 or older as of Week 1. This year it looks like that number is going to grow. Here is a look at the oldest Redskins who currently are on the 90-man roster.
TE Vernon Davis, 34 as of Week 1—With DeAngelo Hall gone, Davis takes over as the oldest player on the roster. In his last 10 NFL seasons, he has missed a total of three games.
QB Alex Smith, 34—Quarterback is one position where the Redskins added some age. Kirk Cousins will be 30 before the season starts, Smith turned 34 last month. We probably won’t know how big a factor the exchange of the older QB instead of the younger one is until 2019 or 2020.
OL Tony Bergstrom, 32—When I asked Bill Callahan who the Redskins’ backup center is, he said it is Bergstrom. So there you go.
QB Colt McCoy, 32—When examining this topic a year ago, I said that McCoy’s age wouldn’t be a factor in 2017 because it was unlikely that he would play a snap. Given that, unlike Cousins, Smith does have a track record of missing games here and there meaning McCoy could play some this year. Still, his age isn’t much of a factor.
T Ty Nsekhe, 32—He will hit age 33 on October 27, the day before the Redskins’ Week 8 game against the Giants. The factor going in Nsekhe’s favor is he didn’t really start playing until he was 30 so has only 42 NFL games under his belt so he is a low-mileage 32.
CB Orlando Scandrick, 31—On the other hand, Scandrick is a high-mileage guy. His 125 games played is one factor. But he also has been hit with injuries in the last several seasons. Going into his age 31 season, Scandrick has missed 31 games in the last three years.
DL Ziggy Hood, 31—He has averaged 600 snaps per year the last two seasons. At nose tackle, that can put some years on your body in a hurry. If he gets back to end and plays more like 300 snaps in rotational role this year, he’ll be fine.
LB Nick Sundberg, 31—Ethan “The Red Snapper” Albright played until he was 39 so there is no reason for age concerns here.
The Redskins also have these players who are 30 as of Week 1: G Shawn Lauvao, CB Josh Norman, Phil Taylor, Trent Williams, and Ryan Kerrigan.
Taylor may or may not make the team so that leaves 12 players who will be 30 or older as of the Redskins’ first game. Five of those players will be starters with only one, Alex Smith, in the 31 or older category.
On the other side of the coin, nine likely starters are 25 or younger so it may not be accurate to characterize the Redskins as an aging team. However, Smith, Kerrigan, Norman, and Williams play critical positions and the team will need to start on some succession in the next year or two.
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—Training camp starts (7/26) 27
—Preseason opener @ Patriots (8/9) 41
—Roster cut to 53 (9/1) 64
The Redskins last played a game 180 days ago. They will open the 2018 NFL season at the Cardinals in 72 days.
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