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Niles Paul | Tight End

Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/9/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 241
College: Nebraska
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According to the Washington Examiner, the "belief" is that Redskins TE Niles Paul could "learn fullback soon enough."
Beat writer John Keim isn't reporting that another position switch is imminent for the 2011 fifth-rounder, but it bodes poorly for Paul's future as a pass-catcher that the idea is even in the embryonic stages. Paul dropped multiple passes in the preseason opener. He's headed for another season as a special teamer. Mon, Aug 13, 2012 02:12:00 PM

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Niles Paul says his transition from wide receiver to tight end is going as "smooth as it can."

"The biggest challenge is blocking," Paul said. "Especially the combo blocks and the cut blocks." Paul could be featured as a receiver in some two tight end sets, but should see the majority of his snaps on special teams.
Tue, Jul 3, 2012 12:50:00 PM

Niles Paul has continued to work at tight end during Redskins OTAs.

He's up to 235 pounds after playing in the low-220s at Nebraska, and beat writer John Keim suggests Paul could be a "major threat" on bootlegs as a catch-first tight end. Paul probably won't be on the fantasy radar in his first year at the position, but he could make Chris Cooley expendable behind Fred Davis.
Mon, May 21, 2012 05:26:00 PM

The Redskins are moving WR Niles Paul to tight end.

Last year's fifth-rounder is thick at 225 pounds, but his 6'1" height is awfully low for a tight end. He's built more like a running back. Blocked at receiver by the team's free-agent signings, Paul is ticketed for another season of special teams work if he makes the roster.
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 04:44:00 PM

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan does not expect Niles Paul (turf toe) to play in Week 12.

Paul shed his walking boot last week, but is still dealing with some inflammation. He'll likely return in Week 13. Although the Redskins figure to get their rookie wideout some reps down the stretch, he won't be worth a flier with Santana Moss set to return as early as this week.
Mon, Nov 21, 2011 03:35:00 PM

Redskins WR Niles Paul (turf toe) has not been cleared to practice yet.

Paul just shed his walking boot and starting jogging, so he is almost certainly out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. The rookie was primarily being used on special teams, but is missing a chance for offensive snaps with Leonard Hankerson (hip) and Santana Moss (finger) both sidelined and Anthony Armstrong in the doghouse.
Wed, Nov 16, 2011 11:41:00 AM

Redskins WR Niles Paul (turf toe) has shed his protective boot.

Good news, but Paul has yet to resume running. Coach Mike Shanahan said last Monday that Paul was going to miss "a couple weeks," so he should be considered a long-shot to suit up against the Cowboys.
Mon, Nov 14, 2011 11:33:00 AM

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan revealed Monday that Niles Paul will miss "a couple weeks" with a turf-toe injury.

Paul has 25 yards on two receptions and just one punt return on the season, so his absence shouldn't be felt. Leonard Hankerson had recently passed him up on the depth chart. Paul had been playing mostly on special teams.
Mon, Nov 7, 2011 03:42:00 PM

Redskins WR Niles Paul sustained a toe injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Paul is questionable to return. The fifth-round rookie has been passed by Leonard Hankerson on the depth chart anyway.
Sun, Nov 6, 2011 02:29:00 PM

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Niles Paul and Anthony Armstrong will "take turns" until Santana Moss returns from his broken hand.

Moss is expected to miss 5-7 weeks. Armstrong was the Redskins' starting split end last season and has some vertical tools, having played most of this season as a deep threat/No. 3 receiver. Paul, a rookie out of Nebraska, started Week 7 in a three-wide set and has two catches for 25 yards on the year.
Mon, Oct 24, 2011 03:46:00 PM

Redskins WR Niles Paul is earning extra playing time thanks to his blocking.

Paul was the No. 155 overall pick in April's draft and goes 6'1/224. "He's probably one of the better blockers I've seen in the game," wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell said. Paul has yet to record a catch this season.
Wed, Oct 5, 2011 09:09:00 AM

Redskins signed No. 155 overall pick WR Niles Paul to a four-year contract.

Paul appeared to have a decent shot at playing time when the Redskins first drafted him, but the team has since added a plethora of veteran wideouts. Now Paul will just be hoping not to land on the practice squad.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 10:50:00 AM

Former Nebraska receivers coach Ted Gilmore calls fifth-round WR Niles Paul an "absolute steal" for the Redskins.

It's what we'd expect a college position coach to say about one of his players, but worth noting nonetheless. Gilmore calls Paul a "tough SOB" who who won't back down from competition in the NFL. "He didn't have big numbers but we didn't have a quarterback to get him the ball," said Gilmore. "His upside is tremendous." Depending on the Redskins' free agency moves, Paul could compete for the third receiver job.
Thu, Jun 9, 2011 06:49:00 PM

Coach Mike Shanahan expects fifth-rounder Niles Paul to help immediately on special teams and "have a chance to grow as a receiver."

Shanahan mentioned Paul as a candidate to return punts and kicks, so he's likely to compete with holdover Brandon Banks. If Paul leaves his immaturity behind, he has a chance to emerge as the No. 3 receiver in the next couple of years.
Wed, May 4, 2011 12:35:00 PM

Redskins selected Nebraska WR Niles Paul with the No. 155 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.

A physical, run-after-catch threat, Paul is built like a running back at 6-foot-1, 225. In his career as a receiver, Paul averaged 14.87 yards per catch with only five receiving TDs, but added value on special teams with three career return touchdowns (two on kicks, one on a punt). He also covered kicks early in his career, racking up 16 special teams tackles and two forced fumbles. Obviously versatile, he'll have a shot at immediate offensive playing time in receiver-needy D.C.
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 02:56:00 PM

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