The Green Bay Packers are as deep as any team in the National Football League, making the competition for a spot on the 53-man roster as fierce as any in pro football.
Since the arrival of general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy, the Packers have consistently been among the league's youngest teams. They are constantly turning over the roster and turning over the back end with young talent to be developed with an eye on the future.
This is a critical component of the Packers' team-building philosophy, and creates a pipeline of young talent ready to step in and replace aging veterans, free-agent departures and players lost due to injury.
Dating back to 2006, McCarthy's first season as head coach, the Packers have averaged 13.5 new players each year on the final 53-man roster. Last season, the team had 10 new faces, seven draft picks and three rookie free agents make the team. So it is very much out with the old and in with the new in Green Bay.
Another telling statistic about the Packers' commitment to youth is that since 2006, the average age of the Packers roster has been 25.69 years; and as McCarthy told the Green Bay Press-Gazette last Sunday, "It’s a young man’s league in my opinion— no disrespect to the older players. I think that’s a trend that’s only potentially going to pick up."
Judging by their history, the Packers' 53-man roster will be one of the youngest in the NFL and will boast plenty of new faces. Here is a breakdown of the current roster by position with a look ahead to training camp.