Coming into this season, the Packers added 11 rookies and one undrafted rookie onto the roster. An already young roster, with the average age being 25.7 years old last year, added more youth for 2022. The Packers always seem to keep a young core of players, as well as young depth. However, in post-cuts analysis done by reporter Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice, the Packers have actually gotten older this year.
How Old are the Packers now?
In the latest analysis after cuts Kempski did, the Packers had an average age of 25.9 years old. Realistically, this isn’t a big change given the age of some of the players on the team, however where the Packers rank in the league is more revealing.
Currently, at 25.9 years old, the Packers rank 21st in the league, which is down from their 15th place ranking last season. The youngest team in the league is the Browns at 25 years old. The oldest team is unsurprisingly the Buccaneers at 27.1 years old. The league as a whole is starting to trend downwards now, since teams are holding onto more youth. Rookies, especially, are kept on rosters more often due to the length of their contracts.
Along with that, rookies are generally more productive now than they once were. For example, running backs Kenneth Gainwell and Javonte Williams had offensive grades of 72 and 75.3, respectively. Micah Parsons recorded a pass rush grade of 93 last year, which led the league. Jevon Holland also ranked 4th overall at safety with a grade of 84.7. While the 2021 draft was unusually stacked, it helped usher in a new age of youth driven teams. The Packers can’t stay young every single year forever, so naturally they are a bit older. The Packers also did a great job retaining vets like Campbell and Douglas rather than replacing them with someone younger, which also factors into the average age.
Despite the age boost, the Packers should still be on the same track they hope to be. Adding more knowledge and experience can result in a Super Bowl.