I'm ever hopeful about the Skins - but the starting 53 man roster leaves me with a bit of a sinking feeling. Nobody but those wearing the most rose colored glasses could possibly be predicting a deep playoff run this year. If we improve by 3-5 wins that would be great progress. The confusing thing to me is if you know you aren't going to contend for a championship THIS year - why do you fill the roster with so many short term players? If you're going to (hopefully) win 8 or 9 games this year, why do you do it with all these older players?
By my count there are 24 players on the 53 man roster that are new or were added to the roster late last year. Of those 24, only 8 could be seen as legitimate YOUNG prospects -- Keiland Williams, Young, Paulsen, Banks, Lichtensteiger, Trent Williams, Riley, and Sundberg. There are a few older - heretofore journeyman guys who may step up but that's still different than having a guy who is 23 and going to be a star for 10 years.
I like our players - but look at the age/injury history of our skill guys on offense: McNabb, Grossman, Portis, Johnson, Sellers, Moss, Galloway. We are young and deep at TE, no doubt. The starting OLINE has guys who's closest birthday is age 29, 30, 32, and 33. That's not incredibly old but it sure isn't young either. So on offense, who are the young up and coming stars to be? Even our developmental QB is 29.
On defense we are younger, especially in the back 7 (now 8), but our DLINE is mostly one fat malcontent (maybe for just a few more days) and a bunch of guys playing their last year - Daniels and Holliday, reclamation projects - Carriker, Bryant, and Kemo and only two younger homegrown guys - Golston and Jarmon.
So while I'm confident that we'll be much improved this year - who are the guys that we added who will be a part of the core that will contend for a championship, in say 2012 - particularly on offense?