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Cowboys Among NFL’s Youngest, Least Experienced Teams

According to data released by the NFL this week, the have one of the youngest and least experienced rosters in the league. It's a good reminder of an important factor that could impact their performance in the .

Based on their Week 1 roster, the Cowboys players have an average age of 25.51 years. That is the fourth-lowest number in the league. The Cleveland Browns are the lowest at 25.19, and only the and Minnesota Vikings are younger than Dallas.

The NFL's oldest team is the at 27.55 years. The are the oldest team at 26.85 years.

Dallas youth isn't very surprising given the makeup of the team. Only Linebacker Sean Lee and Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur are in their thirties. If not for the 39-year-old Ladouceur, that average would likely drop them close to the Browns.

Indeed, veterans like Sean Lee are a dying breed in Dallas. The exits of players like , , and this did a lot to move the Cowboys down the list.

Sean Lee
Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

With the lack of age comes a lack of experience, and Dallas has an average of 3.55 years of NFL playing time among its roster. That's the third-lowest number in the NFL behind the Vikings and Browns.

That number is telling; the majority of Cowboys players are within their first 3-4 years in the pros. They have 21 players still on their rookie contracts, and others who would be if not for being undrafted or starting their careers with other teams.

To really get the point, just look at the names on the list of Cowboys the age of 25 or younger:

That's 30 of your current 53 players. Among that group are your starting quarterback, , all your tight ends, two starting offensive linemen, two starting linebackers, and all of your key not named .

So clearly, this is a very young team. It's full of guys, some at key positions, who haven't had three years of experience yet.

That isn't to say young teams can't win the NFL. But if these Cowboys appear to still be learning and developing, we need to remember just how this team is composed. They're entitled to still have some growing pains.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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