Redskins

Redskins

The Redskins’ emphasis on the draft is starting pay off in terms of getting a younger team.

The team is around the NFL average in average age, an improvement over some recent years when they tended to be one of the older teams out there.

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According to statistics that the NFL compiled on the initial 53-man rosters that the 32 teams turned in on September 2, Washington is just a tick below the league average age. That average is 26.05 years; the Redskins average 26.02 years.

Eleven NFL teams are younger than the Redskins and two, by some happenstance in a compilation that was carried out to two decimal points, have exactly the same average age. The Broncos and Cowboys also average 26.02 years.

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It seems that being in the middle of the pack is a good place to be. The two oldest teams in each conference, the Bills and Cardinals, and the two youngest, the Rams and Browns, finished with losing records last year and aren’t expected to contend this year.

The Redskins look even younger when examining another measure, the number of players age 30 or over on the team’s roster. The Redskins have five such players; only three other teams have fewer such players.

 

The Redskins’ collective age likely dropped this season as the team drafted 10 players and nine of them made the roster. In addition, one other rookie, undrafted free agent guard Tyler Catalina, made the 53.