Miami Dolphins: Oldest defense in the NFL

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake made the Pro Bowl at 34. (AP Photo/Doug Benc)

OXNARD, Calif. — The Miami Dolphins will put the oldest defense in the NFL on the field this Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers, according to ESPN.

The average age of a Dolphins’ starting defensive player is 28.18, tying Carolina and just ahead of Arizona, Seattle and Baltimore.

Cam Wake is Miami’s oldest starter, at 35.

Davon Godchaux is projected as Miami’s youngest starter, at 22.

The Dolphins are loaded with talented youngsters on offense, where the average age is 26.82.

Some of the older players on Miami’s defense are: Wake (35), Williams Hayes (32), Lawrence Timmons (31), Rey Maualuga (30), Ndamukong Suh (30), Nate Allen (29), Reshad Jones (29) and Byron Maxwell (29).

The Dolphins will need youngsters like Charles Harris (22), Raekwon McMillan (21), Xavien Howard (24) and Cordrea Tankersley (23) and Jordan Phillips (24) to emerge as impact players over the next three to four seasons.

The Dolphins have spent a lot of time and money on the sports science aspects of the game.

Coach Adam Gase has shown a willingness to listen to the experts as it relates to rest time both in games as well as in practice during the week.

Miami is scheduled to play 16 consecutive games, which could mean a few extra “veterans rest days” in-season for the veterans listed above.

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