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Niles Paul | Tight End

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 241
College: Nebraska
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Redskins placed TE Niles Paul on injured reserve with a fractured and dislocated ankle, ending his season.
Suffered in Washington's preseason opener, Paul's injury was a devastating blow after he had all but secured the Redskins' starting job over Jordan Reed. Paul is still only 26 years old, and the Redskins do have him under contract through 2017. But he may never get the same opportunity again. Aug 16 - 2:47 PM

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Coach Jay Gruden revealed Niles Paul will miss the entire season with an "ankle fracture dislocation."

Paul's season is over before it even got off the ground. Early in Thursday night's preseason opener, Paul's ankle got rolled up and bent awkwardly at the end of a running play, requiring the cart and an air cast to get him off the field. It's a crushing blow to the Redskins, who are already concerned blocking TE Logan Paulsen may also miss the season with a toe injury. Jordan Reed, who missed the preseason opener with a hamstring injury, needs to get healthy because he's going to get all he can handle. Backup TE Je'Ron Hamm (leg) also got hurt Thursday.
Aug 13 - 11:31 PM

Redskins TE Niles Paul suffered a dislocated ankle in Thursday night's preseason opener.

Running as the Redskins' clear-cut No. 1 tight end with Jordan Reed (hamstring) and Logan Paulsen (toe) on the shelf, Paul got the start and has easily been the most impressive tight end in camp. Paul will have an MRI to see if his ligaments are still intact. He's looking at an extended absence either way. Reed needs to get healthy and stay that way. Je'Ron Hamm is the default No. 1 at the moment.
Aug 13 - 9:05 PM

Redskins TE Niles Paul (ankle) was carted off the field during Thursday's preseason game against the Browns.

This one was ugly as Paul's left ankle got bent the wrong way at the end of a running play. The joint was placed in an air cast as he was driven off the field. Jordan Reed's stock just took a major leap.
Aug 13 - 8:35 PM

Redskins TE Niles Paul will play in the team's preseason opener.

It's confirmation that Paul's health is fine after a recent MRI on his shoulder. Paul is in the driver's seat to start at tight end this season over injury-plagued Jordan Reed, who is back on the shelf with a hamstring injury.
Aug 12 - 12:01 PM

Niles Paul underwent an MRI on his shoulder, but it came back negative.

Paul got roughed up in practice, but it's apparently nothing serious. There's a chance he'll be held out of Thursday's preseason opener as a precaution, but it's not a long-term concern.
Aug 11 - 3:54 PM

Explaining Niles Paul's position ahead of Jordan Reed on the depth chart, Redskins coach Jay Gruden called Paul a more complete player.

Paul is not a great blocker, so the undercurrent of Gruden's statement is that Paul stays on the field. Both players are above-average pass catchers for a tight end, but Reed simply isn't available enough. Reed boasts more upside, but Paul's stability could mean Gruden's camp words aren't empty.
Aug 10 - 2:56 PM

Niles Paul is listed as the No. 1 tight end on the Redskins' first depth chart of training camp.

Beat writer John Keim promises Reed will play a "heavy role in the pass game, though." The Redskins did make some use of Reed and Paul on the field together last year, but this is still a concern for Reed's playing time. Paul is an intriguing deep sleeper coming off career bests in catches (39) and yards (507). He's a former college wide receiver who returned three kickoffs for TDs at Nebraska and ran 4.46 forty at his Pro Day. It's likely the Redskins view injury-plagued Reed as too brittle to count on as a full-time tight end.
Aug 9 - 4:08 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim said Niles Paul has been a "different player" at OTAs.

Keim commented that the Skins "love his footwork in the blocking game," and that despite putting on 10 pounds of muscle this offseason, Paul "hasn't lost his speed." The Redskins re-signed Paul to a three-year, $6 million deal in March. Not yet 26 years old, Paul should be given every opportunity to unseat injury-riddled Jordan Reed, who is already on the shelf (knee).
Jun 10 - 8:22 AM

Niles Paul bulked up during the offseason and is "noticeably bigger" this year.

Paul wants to become a better blocker, which would translate to more snaps. The former college receiver was Pro Football Focus' 62nd-ranked run-blocking tight end out of 67 qualifiers last season. With Jordan Reed's history of injuries and already on the shelf at OTAs, Paul could be in line for a bigger offensive role.
Jun 4 - 9:07 AM

Redskins re-signed TE Niles Paul to a three-year contract.

Paul has only missed four games in four seasons, which makes him a much safer bet than injury-prone starter Jordan Reed. Paul entered the league as a wideout, evident by the fact he hauled in 75 percent of his targets last season. If given a consistent role in the offense, he could be a fantasy sleeper. Prior to re-signing in D.C., Paul drew interest from Atlanta. We wouldn't be surprised if he became Washington's new starter over Reed.
Mar 6 - 12:10 PM

ESPN Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure expects the team to pursue free agent TE Niles Paul.

McClure sees Paul as a likelier target than expensive Julius Thomas, who is the top tight end on the market. Paul has a history with new Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan, and could play the role of "move" tight end in Shanahan's offense. Still only 25 years old, Paul finished 2014 with a 39-507-1 receiving line.
Mar 3 - 3:04 PM

ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim believes Washington could bring back free agent TE Niles Paul.

Paul posted career highs in catches (39) and yards (507) while starting seven games in 2014. With Jordan Reed as injury prone as they come, Washington would be smart to bring back Paul on what should be a team-friendly deal. A former receiver, Paul is a name to monitor for fantasy.
Feb 14 - 12:21 PM

Niles Paul caught 2-of-3 targets for 19 yards in the Redskins' Week 17 loss to the Cowboys.

A fourth-year pro, Paul coasted to new career highs in catches (39) and yards (507). He scored only one touchdown, but proved he could be a legit threat as a pass-catching tight end whenever Jordan Reed was sidelined. Headed to the open market, Paul will be a potential low-cost bargain wherever he ends up. A former receiver, Paul is definitely a name for fantasy players to keep an eye on.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:57:00 PM

Niles Paul secured 1-of-2 targets for 11 yards in the Redskins' Week 12 loss to the 49ers.

On a day where Robert Griffin III managed 106 pathetic passing yards, Paul was unsurprisingly a fantasy non-factor. None of Washington's pass catchers can be viewed as "trustworthy" with their quarterback struggling so mightily.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:38:00 PM

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