I forgot to write about this tidbit when Aaron Freeman at FalcFans mentioned in recently, but better later than never. The Falcons' defense is getting younger!
Here's a relevant passage:
Jones and Neal will be 21 years old when the Falcons kick off the 2016 regular season on September 11. Jarrett and Campbell will be 23, while Allen will be 24.
Also we cannot forget second-year nose tackle Joey Mbu, who is also 23 and likely will spell Jarrett as a reserve at nose tackle.
That Falcons are putting a lot on the plate of inexperienced players heading into this upcoming season and it remains to be seen if it works out in their favor.
As Aaron notes, we have no idea if this is going to work, but the Falcons are finally getting younger on defense, something I think most of us have been clamoring for for years. As recently as 2012, the Falcons were heavily reliant on guys like Asante Samuel, Mike Peterson, John Abraham, and Jonathan Babineaux. This year, they could be trotting out players under 25 for more than half of their starting defense, which hasn't happened in quite some time. I'm genuinely excited about several of those players, too.
With Atlanta facing a tough schedule and in a year before the opening of a new stadium, it would probably benefit the Falcons to get guys who will be a major part of the future the playing time they need to develop. Go read Aaron's full article for more about this.
Speaking of FalcFans, if you've got the stomach for it, check out his timeline for a diagnosis of some Matt Ryan interceptions from 2015. Happy Sunday!