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Bills substantially younger, smaller than a year ago

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills clearly have downsized for 2013.

A year after weighing more than the NFL average, the Bills have one of the lightest teams in the league.

That's what we learned today from the NFL's annual opening-roster demographics report.

The Bills' average weight for Week One was an AFC-low 243.6 pounds. The Detroit Lions were the only team lighter at an average of 242.9 pounds.

Buffalo led the league with 13 players who weighed less than 200 pounds.

The Bills were significantly larger under previous head coach Chan Gailey, who opened 2011 with the NFL's heaviest team at 252.8 pounds per player.

And although last year's Bills shrunk more than five pounds per player, their 247.3 pounds still was above the league average. Last year's Bills had 13 players who weighed at least 300 pounds, tied for second-most in the league. They had eight players who weighed 200 pounds or less; only four teams had fewer.

This year's Bills also got younger. Last year's opening-day roster featured an NFL-low six rookie or first-year players. Their average NFL experience was 4.62 seasons.

Sunday's roster had 14 rookie or first-year players. The average Bill averaged 3.25 years, more than only the Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks.

Multiply the difference by 53 players, and the Bills dropped 72.6 years of NFL experience.

Complete demographic averages from the Bills' opening-day roster (with NFL average) ...

  • Height: 6.17 feet (6.17)
  • Weight: 243.6 pounds (247.5)
  • Age: 25.45 years (26.09)
  • NFL experience: 3.25 seasons (4.04)
  • Rookies and first-year players: 14 (11.09)
  • Players over 30 years old: four (8.25)


Chan Gailey | Doug Marrone
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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