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The Falcons once again have one of the NFL’s oldest rosters

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This is an important year for the Falcons. Nobody’s seat is particularly hot, but there’s a certain sense of urgency this season. And for what it’s worth, the Falcons, at least on paper, appeared poised for success.

Speaking of the composition of the roster, I learned a fun fact earlier this week: as of Saturday, the Falcons had the NFL’s fifth-oldest roster. For what it’s worth, this is right after the Falcons cut two kickers not named Matt Bryant and re-signed Matt Bryant. Bryant, an ageless wonder, doesn’t make the roster any younger.

What’s interesting is that this isn’t a new approach in Atlanta. Over the past half-decade, the Falcons have consistently fielded one of the oldest rosters in the NFL. They had the second-oldest roster in 2018, the ninth-oldest roster in 2017, the oldest roster in 2016, and the third-oldest roster in 2015. In short, if you can play the game, the Falcons don’t really care how old you are.

Does the average age of your roster really matter? No, not really, at least not in terms of what a given team is capable of in a given year. But it does say something about the future of the team. It says something about the core of your team and how quickly it may require a rebuild, big or small.

Your thoughts, Falcoholics?