In a perfect world, the ideal NFL football team is young and talented. This dynamic sets the team up for maximized longevity prior to inevitable when contracts and money start to stress a team’s budget to the point where they have to break up the band before they’re able to accomplish the original goal.
So it’s an extremely positive thing that the Chargers are about the enter the 2021 season with the sixth-youngest roster in the entire NFL with an average age of 24.85. This is great news and even more notable after an offseason that saw the offensive line get re-tooled at the cost of youth. When week one rolls around, rookie Rashawn Slater will be the member of the presumed starting five who will be under the age of 29.
According to rosters on all 32 team websites, the #Colts currently are tied for the eighth-youngest roster in the NFL, with an average age of 24.98.— Andrew Walker (@AWalkerColts) May 15, 2021
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To balance the scales with the offensive line, the Chargers have been able to find plenty of young, impactful players over the years at crucial positions like Justin Herbert (duh), Joey Bosa, Kenneth Murray Jr., and Derwin James. If guys like Asante Samuel Jr. and Chris Rumph II also exceed early expectations, then things will really start to be on the up-and-up.
As of right now, the only teams younger than the Chargers are the Rams, Panthers, Vikings, Jaguars, and Jets.
And now for today’s links.
Matt Miller joins Chris Hayre to breakdown the film of the Chargers’ prospects from day three (Chargers.com)
Is Jerry Tillery poised to breakout in year three? (Chargers Wire)
Rookies discuss their first rookie minicamp in the NFL (Chargers.com)
Post-draft 53-man roster prediction (Bolt Beat)
Bill Barnwell predicts when each first-round QB will start this season (ESPN)
The Giants are giving Kelvin Benjamin a shot at tight end (ESPN)
Predicting every division winner in 2021 (CBS Sports)
The Texans staff has nothing to say about Deshaun Watson (Pro Football Talk)
Ryan Kerrigan says goodbye to Washington (NFL.com)
Andy Dalton will receive the first-team reps at OTAs (NFL.com)