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Niles Paul | Tight End | #84

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 241
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 5 (155) / WAS
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Redskins TE Niles Paul has bulked up to 250 pounds.
A college wide receiver and punt returner, Paul measured 6-foot-1, 224 coming out of Nebraska, so this is a considerable size increase. In order to earn snaps behind $50 million starter Jordan Reed, Paul will need to hold up in the running game. He could become a fantasy factor with an injury to Reed. May 31 - 9:50 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Niles Paul (ankle) is participating in team drills at OTAs.

It's a pretty big surprise, as Paul was expected to be questionable for the start of training camp in roughly two months. Paul probably isn't exactly 100 percent, but he appears to be on or ahead of schedule in his recovery from a gruesome ankle fracture and dislocation that happened last summer.
May 25 - 12:28 PM

Niles Paul (ankle) said Dr. Robert Anderson told him that his ankle fracture and dislocation was the "worst he's ever seen."

Dr. Anderson is "the" doctor every professional athlete who suffers a foot or ankle injury goes to see, so he's seen it all. Paul's, however, was extremely gruesome when his ankle got bent the complete wrong way in the Redskins' preseason opener last summer. Paul is still rehabbing and isn't expected to be ready until sometime during training camp. If healthy, he'll compete with Vernon Davis for snaps behind Jordan Reed after Reed's breakout 2015.
Apr 8 - 10:26 AM

The Redskins aren't expecting TE Niles Paul (ankle) to return until training camp.

He missed all of last season after breaking his ankle in the Redskins' preseason opener. Paul's original goal was to be ready in time for OTAs but he needs more time to regain the weight he lost during his recovery. He's a distant second to Jordan Reed on Washington's tight end depth chart.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 23 - 7:59 PM

Redskins TE Niles Paul (ankle) expects to be ready for OTAs.

Paul is running at 80 percent on an anti-gravity treadmill. He’s reportedly down 25 pounds from his playing weight, so Paul still has a lot of ground to make up. Even after "winning" the starting job in 2015 training camp, Paul figures to return as the Redskins' clear-cut No. 2 tight end behind Jordan Reed.
Jan 23 - 8:42 PM

Redskins TE Niles Paul (ankle) said he will be ready for OTAs.

Paul spent the season on injured reserve after suffering a fractured and dislocated ankle in the preseason opener. He likely would have opened as the starter ahead of Jordan Reed, but Paul will find himself lower on the depth chart after Reed's breakout second half. Paul is under contract through 2017.
Jan 11 - 10:17 AM

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.
Sun, Aug 16, 2015 02:47:00 PM

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.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 11:31:00 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.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 09:05:00 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.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 08:35:00 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.
Wed, Aug 12, 2015 12:01:00 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.
Tue, Aug 11, 2015 03:54:00 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.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 02:56:00 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.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 04:08:00 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).
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, Jun 10, 2015 08:22:00 AM

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RB1Matt Jones
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GLB1Matt Jones
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3RB1Matt Jones
2Chris Thompson
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3Rashad Ross
4Maurice Harris
5Reggie Diggs
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2Josh Doctson
3Ryan Grant
4Valdez Showers
5Jarvis Turner
WR31Jamison Crowder
TE1Jordan Reed
2Niles Paul
3Vernon Davis
4Logan Paulsen
5Derek Carrier
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2Takoby Cofield
3Cody Booth
LG1Spencer Long
2Shawn Lauvao
3Al Bond
C1Kory Lichtensteiger
2Josh LeRibeus
3Austin Reiter
RG1Brandon Scherff
2Arie Kouandjio
3Nila Kasitati
RT1Morgan Moses
2Ty Nsekhe
3Kevin Bowen
K1Dustin Hopkins