As mentioned on Monday, the Detroit Lions are going into the 2015 season with the second-youngest projected starting offensive line in the entire NFL. But what about the rest of the offense? Luckily for us, PhillyVoice's Jimmy Kempski has put together age rankings for all of the offensive skill positions. This gives us an opportunity to see how old, or young, the rest of the Lions' offense is. Take a look (the higher the ranking, the older the player is by his position's standards):
QB Matthew Stafford: 20th (27 years old)
RB Joique Bell: 7th (28 years old)
WR Calvin Johnson: 18th (29 years old)
WR Golden Tate: 44th (26 years old)
WR Jeremy Ross: 38th (27 years old)
TE Brandon Pettigrew: 9th (30 years old)
Three main things jump out to me. For starters, Stafford is only 20th despite entering his seventh season in the NFL. That's pretty amazing, and I suppose it speaks to how young he still is in quarterback terms despite being in the league for some time now.
Secondly, I'm surprised Johnson is only 18th. With all of the talk about how much he is aging and how he's nearing the end of the road, you would think Johnson is one of the oldest wide receivers in the NFL. He's only 18th, though, which suggests he could still have another 3-5 solid seasons left in him. Obviously that may depend on his health more than anything, but he's not that old, at least by wide receiver standards.
Finally, it's interesting to see that Bell is the seventh-oldest projected starting running back. That's not exactly a good thing, but the flip side is that second-round pick Ameer Abdullah would be one of the youngest running backs on this list if he were the projected starter. He's not, of course, but it wouldn't be surprising if Abdullah takes over the starting role at some point during the 2015 season. Then the Lions would go from having an "older" starting running back to one of the youngest in all of the NFL.
What jumps out to you about these rankings?