The Redskins have a new 53-man roster. It's older than the first one under general manager Scot McCloughan.
Age is just number according to every person over 40. In sports, it often matters. Too young could mean inexperience. Too old and all the Viagra won't alter the lack of upside. McCloughan found a balance last season.
Looking to reshape the roster with the future in mind while keeping the team in playoff contention, McCloughan dropped the average age while putting the Redskins in position to eventually win the NFC East.
According to data from Eagles writer Jimmy Kempski with PhillyVoice.com, the 2016 Redskins rank 25th (26.36), also known as the eighth oldest roster as of Saturday night.
Last year, the first with McCloughan they were 17th (26.15) after ranking 24, 31, 24 the previous three seasons. This season, the Redskins are going back in time.
Now, that's not a major shift in numbers, but there isn't a large gap between the youngest (Rams, 25.0) and oldest (Falcons, 27.08). Within that tight range, the Redskins got a touch grayer in the temples. That's interesting considering the roster-build-through-the-draft approach preached by McCloughan.
Four 2016 draft picks made the roster compared to seven last year. Washington got younger at running back with 23-year-old Robert Kelley in and Darrel Young (28 in 2015) and Alfred Morris (26) out. The Redskins dropped Andre Roberts (27) and drafted Josh Doctson (23). Heck, Nate Sudfeld (22) is three years younger than Robert Griffin III. They also added Vernon Davis (32), Greg Toler (31) and Ziggy Hood (29).
Here's the age breakdown for the Redskins.
33...1 (Kedric Golston)