Patriots Blog: Youth Movement Not Scaring Vets

September 7, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots Blog: Youth Movement Not Scaring Vets
" BOSTON (CBS) – The fact that this Patriots team is the youngest Bill Belichick has had since he’s been here in New England has been talked about both locally and nationally.

Only nine players on the roster this season are over the age of 30, and only three of them are on defense (Vince Wilfork, Tracy White and Will Allen). Tom Brady is the eldest on the roster, at the ripe age of 35. That’s one-year younger than offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Think of the veterans they just let go: Deion Branch, Jabar Gafney, Donte’ Stallworth, Dan Koppen, Brian Hoyer (and let’s not forget the ongoing will-he, won’t-he show up drama around Brian Waters). ┬áThen add in 11 rookies on the roster –. The Pats are younger, and the older guys in the locker room have noticed.

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“This locker room is starting to make me feel old now,” receiver Wes Welker, 31-years of age, said. “But it’s been good. A lot of energy, a lot of energetic type guys and young guys "

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