A look at how much younger the 2020 Eagles will be

Eliot Shorr-Parks
May 23, 2020 - 9:58 am
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The Eagles made it clear that two of their main goals this offseason were to get younger and to get faster. You can certainly debate if their strategy for getting faster worked. 

There is no debate they have done a good job of getting younger. 

Now that the offseason is essentially over, with free agency and the draft in the books, the Eagles are projected to be younger at seven of the 22 starting spots for next season, roughly a third of the starting spots.  

The Eagles entered the 2019 season as having the second roster team in the NFL, according to a Philly Voice article. While that takes into account the full roster, the starting unit had plenty to do with it. 

Here is a look at the ages of the 22 starters from last season:

2019: (Week 1 of 2019 season)

QB: Wentz — 26 

RB: Howard — 24

WR: Jackson — 32 

WR: Jeffery  — 29  

WR: Agholor  — 26 

TE: Ertz — 28 

OT: Johnson — 28 

OG: Brooks — 30 

C: Kelce — 31 

OG: Seumalo — 25 

OT: Peters — 37 

AVERAGE: 28.7 

DE: Graham — 31

DT: Cox — 28 

DT: Jackson — 29 

DE: Barnett — 23 

LB: Gerry — 24 

LB: Bradham  — 30 

CB: Mills — 25 

S: McLeod — 29 

S: Jenkins — 31

CB: Darby — 25 

CB: Maddox — 24

AVERAGE: 27.18 

OVERALL AGE: 27.95

A few significant changes this offseason helped to cut down the average age of the starters. 

The main moves came at left tackle and safety, as the team (for now) moved on from their 37-year old left tackle in Jason Peters, and saw their 31-year old starting safety Malcolm Jenkins sign with the New Orleans Saints. Those might have also been two of their most talented players, but by moving on, the Eagles got rid of their oldest starter on both sides of the ball. 

The receiver position has also seen a bit of an overhaul. Although DeSean Jackson will be back  at 33-years old, it is a safe bet that Alshon Jeffery (30-years old) won’t be starting in Week 1, and Nelson Agholor (26-years old) is now with the Oakland Raiders. In their place will be a first-round pick in Jalen Reagor, and presumably, either Greg Ward or J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. As a result the Eagles’ receiving core when from having no players under 25-years old in their starting three, to (presumably) two. 

Now, the Eagles’ projected 22 starters are projected to be younger on both sides of the ball:

2020: (Age in Week 1 of 2020 season)

QB: Wentz — 27

RB: Sanders — 24 

WR: Jackson — 33 

WR: Reagor — 21 (Younger) 

WR: Ward — 25 (J.J. Arcega-Whiteside is 23) (Younger) 

TE: Ertz — 29 

OT: Johnson — 30 

OG: Brooks — 31

C: Kelce — 32

OG: Seumalo — 26 

OT: Dillard — 24 (Younger) 

AVERAGE: 27.4 (27.2 with Arcega-Whiteside instead of Ward) 

DE: Graham — 32

DT: Cox — 29 

DT: Hargrave — 27 (Younger) 

DE: Barnett — 24

LB: Gerry — 25 

LB: Edwards — 24 (Younger) 

CB: Slay — 29 

S: McLeod — 30 

S: Mills — 26 (Younger) 

CB: Maddox — 24 (Younger) 

CB: Robey-Coleman — 28 

AVERAGE: 27.09 

OVERALL AGE: 27.2 (27.1 with Arcega-Whiteside) 

Dropping the average age of the starters from an average age of 27.95 to 27.2 might not sound like much, but it is. In fact, if the Eagles would have kept the same 22 starters from last year, their average age would be 29-years old. So not only did the Eagles avoid seeing their average age go up, they cut it, an impressive showing when you consider their roster is roughly just as good as it was last year. 

Whether the moves they made will work on the field remains to be seen, but there is no question that as of now, the Eagles have kept to their plan of fielding a younger roster next season. 

You can reach Eliot Shorr-Parks on Twitter at @EliotShorrParks or email him at esp@94wip.com!

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