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NY Jets have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL

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The NY Jets have received quite a makeover over the last few years. The Jets of present-day look very little like the team that ushered in a supposed "new era" just two years ago.

The Mike Maccagnan era has swiftly been rendered an artifact with new general manager Joe Douglas doing everything possible to overhaul the roster.

From quarterback to offensive weapons to the offensive line, the offense is almost unrecognizable from the one that took the field two or three years prior.

And the defense now has Robert Saleh's fingerprints all over it, despite the former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator arriving less than six months ago.

Most of these newcomers have been young — players the Jets hope to build around for years to come. And as a result, the Jets boast one of the youngest rosters in the NFL.

The NY Jets have the fifth-youngest roster in the NFL.

Andrew Walker of Colts.com recently released a list of the average age of every NFL roster, and only four teams finished with younger average ages than the Jets.

With an average roster age of 24.82, the Jets placed fifth on the list of the youngest teams in the league. Atop the list were the Los Angeles Rams whose 24.62 age was the youngest in football.

This shouldn't come as a surprise given how few older players are currently on the Jets roster. The Jets have just four players aged 30 or older — Vinny Curry (32), Ryan Griffin (31), Greg Van Roten (31), and Lamarcus Joyner (30).

Interestingly enough, two of those players (Curry and Joyner) were signed this offseason. And of the 15 players aged 28 or older, only safety Marcus Maye was drafted by the team.

This is a young core, and that's no more evident than a look at their offense. Zach Wilson, Mekhi Becton, Elijah Moore, Alijah Vera-Tucker, and Michael Carter are all 21-years-old.

That's two of five starting linemen, the starting quarterback, a starting wide receiver, and one of the team's top running backs all 21-years-old.

Quinnen Williams, arguably the Jets' best defensive player is 23-years-old. Their top cornerback, Bryce Hall, is also 23. Even their big free-agent signings from this past offseason, Carl Lawson and Corey Davis, are just 25 and 26 respectively.

In fact, 16 of the 90 players on the Jets' roster are 22-years-old or younger — the largest total out of any NFL team. It's no surprise to see the Jets rank as high as they do.

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The Jets have positioned themselves well for long-term success. Now it's all about developing this young roster and allowing it to reach its full potential.

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