The Chicago Bears, the NFC North team undergoing the biggest rebuild — actually the only NFC North undergoing any rebuild — have the oldest training camp roster. The Green Bay Packers, the team with five of the last six division titles and the favorite again in 2017, have the youngest training camp roster.
Kind of backwards, right?
Training camp rosters are far from an accurate reflection of the experience, age and depth of a team, whether they're rebuilding, preparing for a Super Bowl run or somewhere in between. They do, however, provide interesting insight into the make-up of a 90-man roster filled with anyone from 22-year-old rookies to 38-year-old veterans.
Seventy-two of the Packers' 90 players in camp are 26 years old or younger. Thirty-eight of those players are 23 and under. Both numbers are by far the highest in the NFC North. The Bears, meanwhile, have just 52 players under 27 and 21 players under 24, both by far the lowest in the division.
The Bears also have the highest average (26) and median (25.5) ages, and though they're one of two teams with a player 34 years or older, they boast a whopping 14 players between 30-33 years old. The Lions, Packers and Vikings have 16 players such players combined.