Greg A. Bedard of the Boston Globe notes that the Patriotsroster's average age is younger than it has ever been in the Bill Belichick era. The average age is 25 years, 274 days. The average age of the starters is 25 years old. Only the 2010 Belichick team is even close to as young as this squad. (The third-youngest team was Belichick's first, rough year in New England.)
The team got much younger when Matt Light retired and Kevin Faulk was not brought back. Guard Brian Waters remains in limbo, and signs don't look promising for his future.