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TE Niles Paul - Washington Redskins

6-1, 224Born: 8-9-1989College: NebraskaDrafted: Round 5

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Paul (concussion) is expected to play in Week 5 after being cleared for full practice participation Friday, Oct. 3.

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colt McCoy is likely to start this game for Washington after salvaging a 'W' vs Tennessee last weekend. McCoy connected on all but one of his passes (11/12 for 128 yards, one TD and zero interceptions) and more importantly didn't throw a pick or put the ball on the turf. He was sacked twice for -8 yards. Washington will likely go with McCoy because Robert Griffin III is still rehabbing his dislocated ankle ('He's got to be 100 percent,' head coach Jay Gruden said at Monday's press conference in reference to Griffin. Gruden went on to say that McCoy will get the starter's reps in this week's practices, and be under center against the Cowboys if Griffin can't get to 100% healthy, which means that McCoy is almost surely going to start). McCoy has done stints as the starter in Cleveland during 2010/2011, and had a one-year gig as Colin Kaepernick's backup in San Francisco last season. Now, a new NFL opportunity has come calling - we'll see what the lifetime 421/715 for 4,529 yards passing, 22 TDs and 20 interceptions-thrown quarterback (with 101/362/1 rushing) can accomplish for Washington against their traditional NFC East rivals, under the glaring Monday Night Football lights - in Dallas' house, by the way. The Cowboys rank 12th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, averaging 230.4 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions generated to date (tied for eighth in the NFL). They have just seven sacks this year (tied for 27th). Last week, Eli Manning threw 21/33 for 248 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions at Dallas (zero sacks taken); Russell Wilson was sacked twice vs. Dallas for zero yards lost, but only managed 14/28 for 126 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown. McCoy will likely face a stacked box and a strong pass rush this weekend - he'll have to prove he can thrown the football to beat Dallas. Given the up-and-down nature of the Dallas secondary of late, this looks like a neutral matchup from where we sit in the cheap seats.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
4 vs NYG 3 60 0 0
5 vs SEA 1 6 0 0
6 at ARI 1 7 0 0
7 vs TEN 2 58 0 0
8 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 1 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * *
8 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Niles Paul didn't register his lone catch until late in the fourth quarter as Washington moved into catch up mode. The receiving TE spent much of the day blocking or blanketed by Seattle coverage on his underneath routes and couldn't get free all game.

2014 Week 6 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Niles Paul took a back seat to a finally healthy Jordan Reed in the game, catching only one pass on two targets. The pass was a fairly important one, however, as Paul converted a fourth and 1 in the second quarter to keep a Washington drive alive that would lead to a field goal. Paul was Washington's #2 receiver heading into the game.

2014 Week 7 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 58 / 0 rec)

Niles Paul had a huge catch and run to start the game off, taking an intermediate pass from Cousins and breaking multiple poor tackles upfield for 50 yards. He was only targeted on more time on the game, catching a short pass and turning upfield for an 8 yard gain. Paul is the the clear backup to Jordan Reed when healthy.

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Latest News

Redskins | Niles Paul hauls in long pass (Sun Oct 19, 01:04 PM) - Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul caught a 50-yard pass in the first quarter of the team's Week 7 game.

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Schedule

8@ Dallas Cowboys
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ Indianapolis Colts
14vs St. Louis Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Dallas Cowboys