The Baltimore Ravens may host one of the younger offenses in the NFL, but as an overall roster, their team actually ranks as one of the oldest in the league.
How old? The sixth-oldest to be exact.
Andrew Walker of Colts.com put together a list detailing the average age of all 32 NFL rosters and the Ravens ranked as one of the older teams in the league with an average roster age of 25.69.
This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise given the sheer number of aging veterans on their defense. But at least on the offensive side of the ball, Baltimore remains pretty young.
The Baltimore Ravens have one of the older rosters in the NFL
The Ravens only have three offensive players over the age of 30, and only two of them are starters. Both Kevin Zeitler and Alejandro Villanueva — two offseason additions to the offensive line — are over 30-years-old.
Zeitler, the team’s starting right guard, is 31 while Villanueva, the new starting right tackle, is 32. Neither holds the title of the oldest player on the offense, however.
That moniker belongs to veteran Andre Smith who is tied for the second-oldest player on the roster at 34-years-old. Smith has never actually played in a game with the Ravens and opted out of the 2020 season, but he still counts toward the average.
A few other veterans such as Eric Tomlinson, Greg Mancz, and Nick Boyle also reside on offense, but for the most part, the core of the Ravens’ offense is fairly young. The same cannot be said for the defense, though.
Baltimore has a whopping eight players aged 30 or older on defense — the most in the NFL. Some of these players will be featured in key roles in 2021 such as Calais Campbell and Brandon Williams.
Others like Anthony Levine and Justin Ellis are more reserve/special-teamers.
Levine and Campbell are tied with Smith for the second-oldest player on the roster at 34-yeas-old. Williams, Jimmy Smith, and Pernell McPhee sit at the ripe age of 32. Derek Wolfe and L.J. Fort are both 31, while Ellis is 30-years-old.
The oldest player on the roster is, of course, punter Sam Koch. The 38-year-old will be entering his 16th NFL season in 2021 and will turn 39 before Week 1. Justin Tucker also raises the total of 30-year-old on the roster at the age of 31.
The Ravens have their fair share of veterans, but their overall core remains pretty young. The likes of Lamar Jackson, J.K. Dobbins, Marquise Brown, Rashod Bateman, and Mark Andrews all represent an excellent young core on offense.
And the defense, while older, still has a few young standouts such as Marlon Humphrey, Patrick Queen, Odafe Oweh, Malik Harrison, and DeShon Elliott.
While their average age might be on the older side, the Baltimore Ravens have a good mix of veterans and young players that should allow them to succeed both in the short and long term.