Arizona Cardinals projected to have one of league's youngest offensive lines

Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

This is a big change over 2013.

In 2014, the Arizona Cardinals will have a young offensive line. In fact it will be one of the youngest. A philly.com article looked at all the NFL teams and the age of their offensive line. 

It focused on how the Eagles will have one of the oldest lines in the league, but it also noted the trend for youth on teams' lines. 

The Arizona Cardinals are projected to have the 20th oldest line in the league, and it could get younger. Jared Veldheer is 26, Jonathan Cooper is 24, Lyle Sendlein is 30, Paul Fanaika is 28 and Bradley Sowell is 24. Bobby Massie is also 24. Earl Watford and Ted Larsen, who will both be in the mix at right guard, are 24 and 26.

Using Fanaika as the projected starter, the average age is 26.4. That goes down a little if either Larsen or Watford end up winning the job. 

With Sendlein as the only player over 30 (he is 30), the Cardinals are one of 12 teams with one such player on the starting offensive line. 

Entering 2013, when the projected starters were Levi Brown, Cooper, Sendlein, Daryn Colledge and Eric Winston, the average age was 28.2, which would be the fourth oldest line today. The way it ended up was averaging 27.8 years old, which would be the seventh oldest line today. 

The trend is younger linemen. This is why a guy like Eric Winston, who at 30 has had a good career, has not yet found a team to sign with. 

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