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TE Niles Paul - Washington Redskins

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Paul's role will shrink when Jordan Reed returns, which could be as early as this week, but the connection he has with backup QB Kirk Cousins is undeniable. He could keep rosterable value when Reed returns, and Reed is one of the more injury prone tight ends in the league, so that TE1 value he might have against the Eagles this week if Reed is out could return, too.

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Robert Griffin III is out for 4-8 weeks due to a dislocated (but not fractured) ankle, so the Washington offense belongs to Kirk Cousins now. He looked good off the bench last week (22/33 for 250 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown), but Cousins has had problems previously once he becomes officially 'the Man' at quarterback. We'll see how he responds to his elevation as starter this time around, under new offensive coordinator Sean McVay. The Eagles' pass D is ranked 11th so far this year in terms of yards allowed (207.0), but they have coughed up five passing scores in two games vs. one interception generated. Andrew Luck was not sacked last week on the way to 20/34 for 172 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown. Cousins had a hot start to his tenure as starting quarterback. Against the so-so Eagles, this looks like a neutral matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at HOU 4 86 0 1
2 vs JAX 8 99 1 0
3 at PHI PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Bloom 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 86 / 0 rec)

Niles Paul entered the game after Jordan Reed' early injury and caught a nice toe-tapper from Griffin in the second quarter for a first down. The QB broke the pocket and scrambled to his right before throwing a laser down the right sideline. Reed also caught a beautifully thrown ball from Griffin down the seam deep into the redzone but the tight end was stripped of the ball by safety DJ Swearinger. Paul's fumble was one of many critical mistakes that kept Washington from putting the ball into the end zone. If Reed misses any more time, Paul appears to be the primary beneficiary.

2014 Week 2 vs JAX (11 / 8 / 99 / 1 rec)

Niles Paul had a career day where he was targeted early and often, leading all Washington receivers in targets and yards on the day. The big receiver looked the part of a starting move TE, showing off smooth routes and mostly sure hands. Paul was involved in the game plan from the beginning, catching a dart up the seam from RG3 off a play action pass that sailed just over the head of the trailing middle linebacker. Paul exhibited nice body control on a near TD in the second quarter, completely swiveling his body in stride to catch a deep pass from Cousins. Paul then somersaulted backwards into the endzone, but was marked down at the one. Paul made another tough 27 yard catch in the during the two minute drill to end the first half. The TE sprinted up the middle of the field, running up the seam before getting crushed between two defenders. Paul could have had an even bigger game but he dropped a wide open catch off a pretty play-fake that bounced right off his hands. Paul's lone TD came on a classic jump ball fade to the right corner of the endzone. Cousins lofted the ball high and Paul outmuscled the corner for the catch.


Latest News

Redskins | Jay Gruden will rotate TEs (Sat Sep 13, 11:27 AM) - Washington Redskins TEs Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen will rotate at tight end during the team's Week 2 game, according to offensive coordinator Sean McVay.

Our View: Paul is the more athletic prospect, but with a TEBC we won't be recommending any Washington tight end this week. We see Paul as a low-end TE2 in Week 2 against the Jaguars.
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Redskins | Jordan Reed likely sitting Week 2 (Wed Sep 10, 12:45 PM) - Washington Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) is not expected to play in Week 2, according to head coach Jay Gruden. 'He's a long shot, I would say,' Gruden said.

Our View: It looks like we're going to see Niles Paul as the tight end for Washington this week. Paul is a converted wide receiver who creates mismatches on the field. Paul led the team with 86 receiving yards on four catches in Week 1 against the Houston Texans, but he also fumbled. He only had four catches for 51 yards last season.
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Redskins | Niles Paul to have expanded duties (Tue Sep 9, 05:10 PM) - Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul is set to continue as the starting tight end with TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) likely to miss some time. Head coach Jay Gruden said Reed will require an MRI exam to see if he can play in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Paul led the team with 86 receiving yards on four catches in Week 1 against the Houston Texans, but he also fumbled. He had four catches for 51 yards last season.

Our View: Paul was a wide receiver in college at Nebraska, but he's always looked like a move tight end. He's failed to do much during his pro career so far, but now he has an opportunity to contribute with Reed banged up. Fantasy owners in deeper leagues should consider Paul as a low-end TE2.
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