Blogging the bEast made an interesting exercise out of the release of each team’s 53-man roster by ranking each team according to average age.
The Lions are widely viewed as one of the hot up and coming teams so it likely comes as a surprise that the roster’s average age is among the oldest in the league. The Lions’ average age of 26.93 years is only exceeded by the Falcons (26.98 years) and the Chargers (27.15 years). The Rams check in as the NFL’s youngest team followed by the Eagles, Browns, Vikings and Packers. (note: the Jets were not included due to a lack of data)
A close look at the Lions roster shows that their average is heavily weighed down by special teams players.
Jason Hanson is the team’s oldest player at 42 with punter Ben Graham the second oldest at 38. Add in Kassim Osgood and Don Muhlbach and that makes four of the team’s total of 14 players at least 30-years old that are special teams players.
The list is interesting but doesn’t necessarily mean much for the Lions’ long-term prospects. Consider that less than a two year difference separates the youngest team from the oldest. The Lions’ average age would have been cut down by about a quarter year had Ryan Donahue beaten Ben Graham for the punting job. The team’s average is in for another big drop when Jason Hanson finally calls it a career.