Monday, September 1, 2014
Green Bay Packers not so young anymore
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There was a time not too long ago when the Green Bay Packers were perennially the NFL's youngest team.
They held that distinction in each of coach Mike McCarthy's first four seasons (2006-09).
Although the NFL waits until after Week 1 to calculate official ages of opening-day rosters because transactions will continue throughout this week, Philly.com did its own calculations after last weekend's final roster cuts, and the Packers came in as the sixth-youngest team in the NFL with an average age of 25.62. In those same rankings, the Packers also were the sixth-youngest team last season and the fifth-youngest in 2012.
The Rams were the youngest team this season with an average age of 25.01, and the Raiders were the oldest at 27.0.
The rest of the NFC North checked in this way: Vikings (No. 5, 25.58), Lions (No. 21, 26.34) and Bears (No. 30, 26.72).
The Packers have only six players age 30 or older with Julius Peppers (34) being the oldest, by three years over John Kuhn (31) and Tramon Williams (31). Aaron Rodgers, Jarrett Bush and A.J. Hawk all are 30.
Nine rookies made the Packers’ final cuts, with Davante Adams and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix being the youngest at 21.