The 2012 NFC East champion Redskins are returning 21 of their 22 starters. The good side of this is that all of the starters know the system. They are spending their time prior to the start of the season refining techniques and chemistry, not learning the basic plays.

However, there is a possible downside to the Redskins’ stability. Their starters are now a year older than they were last year. According to ESPN blogger Mike Sando, the Redskins have the fourth-oldest starting lineup in the NFL.

Sando doesn’t give many details, just the age rankings for the 22 projected starters on offense and defense for each of the 32 teams. The Redskins are among the younger teams on offense, ranking 19th in terms of age. It is the defensive side of the ball where the Redskins, on average, are showing some age. They are the second oldest starting defense in the league.