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Tale of the Tape: Green Bay Packers are Young, Heavy

The NFL released its annual breakdown of Week 1 rosters. Even by Ted Thompson's standards, these Packers are young.

The Green Bay Packers are fielding the second-youngest roster in the NFL, according to a league analysis of Week 1 rosters.

The age of the average member of the team is 25.23 years. Only St. Louis (24.96) is fielding a younger roster. In the NFC North, Minnesota’s average is 25.87, Chicago’s is 26.04 and Detroit’s is 26.70; the league average is 26.15.

The Packers are no strangers to being young under general manager Ted Thompson. This is his 11th roster. The Packers have been among the 10 youngest teams in each of those seasons. This, remarkably, is the youngest roster fielded by Thompson. Here are his rosters:

2005 — 26.19 (9th-tied)
2006 — 25.57 (1st)
2007 — 25.72 (1st)
2008 — 25.57 (1st-tied)
2009 — 25.70 (1st)
2010 — 25.92 (5th)
2011 — 25.74 (3rd-tied)
2012 — 25.70 (6th)
2013 — 25.64 (9th)
2014 — 25.75 (8th)
2015 — 25.23 (2nd)

“We look for good football players,” Thompson said during training camp when asked about his youth vs. experience approach. “We look for good people and good football players and that’s what we always look for. We don’t go into these meetings ... with any preconceived notions of we want to find an older fella or we want to find a younger fella or anything like that.”

Only seven teams have more rookies and first-year players than Green Bay’s 11, and only three teams have fewer than Green Bay’s total of six players age 30-plus. The league averages are 10.47 rookies and first-year players and 8.59 players ages 30-and-up.

Grabbing the tape measure and heading to the scale, the average Packers player is 6.16 inches tall and weighs 249.72 pounds. The height is right in line with the league average of 6.17. Only six teams have a heavier average weight, with the league average at 247.36. The Packers have 14 players tipping the scales at more than 300 pounds. Only the Jets (15) have more.

FOUNTAINS OF YOUTH

Teams are listed in order of average age.

Team

Height

Weight

Age

Experience

Rookie/
1st Yr

30-plus

St. Louis

Green Bay

6.17

6.16

246.68

249.72

24.96

25.23

3.26

3.77

11

11

2

6

Jacksonville 6.19 247.79 25.26+ 3.57+ 10 4+
Kansas City 6.16 243.79 25.30 3.74 13* 8
Houston 6.17 243.96 25.85 3.96 9 6
Miami 6.16 246.89 25.70 3.72 12 8
Tennessee 6.18 251.36 25.87 4.02 9 7
Minnesota 6.19 244.94 25.87 3.69 10 7
San Francisco 6.19 250.49 25.87 3.68 16 9
New England 6.16 248.98 25.91 4.00 13* 8
Dallas 6.18 248.40 25.92 3.98 9 7
Arizona 6.21* 249.64 25.98 4.30 8 9
Tampa Bay 6.16 245.25 26.00 3.77 11 8
Chicago 6.16 243.53 26.04 4.02 12 9
Seattle 6.16 246.21 26.13 3.89 9 7
Buffalo 6.15+ 244.17 26.13 4.34 8+ 9
Cleveland 6.15+ 241.75+ 26.19 4.32 11 9
Denver 6.18 243.87 26.19 4.17 13* 9
Washington 6.14+ 248.47 26.19 3.96 10 5
Baltimore 6.18 249.00 26.21 4.25 11 9
Cincinnati 6.19 247.72 26.32 4.49 9 11
New Orleans 6.16 244.62 26.42 4.08 17* 10
Oakland 6.20 249.25 26.47 4.15 10 8
San Diego 6.16 248.87 26.53 4.30 9 8
NY Giants 6.17 248.85 26.57 4.26 9 12*
NY Jets 6.21* 254.02* 26.62 4.58 11 12
Philadelphia 6.18 246.55 26.64 4.49 7+ 9
Detroit 6.16 249.98 26.70 4.51 10 12*
Pittsburgh 6.16 246.13 26.72 4.77 10 11
Atlanta 6.14+ 242.13+ 26.81 4.45 9 12*
Carolina 6.17 251.19* 26.92* 4.77* 7+ 10
Indianapolis 6.15+ 251.30 27.19* 4.92* 11 14*
NFC Average 6.17 247.29 26.14 4.10 10.38 8.38
AFC Average 6.17 247.43 26.15 4.21 10.56 8.81
All NFL Average 6.17 247.36 26.15 4.13 10.47 8.59
* Conference high          
+ Conference low            

MEASURING UP

Teams are listed in order of most players weighing more than 300 pounds.

TEAMUNDER 200 LBS.UNDER 6-FEETOVER 300 LBS.
NY Jets 10 9 15
Green Bay 7 8 14
Miami 9 12 14
Carolina 4 8 13
Jacksonville 8 5 13
Kansas City 9 9 13
Tennessee 9 10 13
Buffalo 10 9 12
Dallas 7 6 12
Detroit 8 12 12
Indianapolis 8 13 12
NY Giants 6 9 12
St. Louis 7 11 12
Washington 11 12 12  
Arizona 7 10 11
Baltimore 9 9 11
Chicago 12 9 11
Cincinnati 9 11 11
Cleveland 9 12 11
Houston 10 11 11
Minnesota 9 6 11
Oakland 4 2 11
San Francisco 7 7 11
New Orleans 8 11 10
Pittsburgh 9 13 10
San Diego 5 13 10
Seattle 7 9 10
Denver 9 12 9
New England 8 13 9
Philadelphia 7 5 9
Tampa Bay 6 14 9
Atlanta 8 13 6


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