“I know an area I wanted to improve on a lot was blocking. I was always a willing blocker, but I was 230 pounds going against guys who were 260, 270, 280,” Paul told CSN Washington.com. “I just wanted to level out the playing field a little bit. And it has showed up on film out here [in OTAs]. I’ve been doing a good job.”
As it stands now, Paul currently weighs more than 250 pounds for the first time in his career. “I’m 252 right now,” he told reporters. “I feel good, and I feel healthy. I’m happy.”
“You know, he’s a converted wide received for goodness sakes and he’s busted his tail to get himself ready for the tight end spot,” head coach Jay Gruden said of Paul. “He’s stronger; he’s one of our most explosive players in the weight room, done some great things.”
Paul has had his moments with Jordan Reed sidelined. Last year, he caught 21 passes for 313 yards and a touchdown in the first four games with Reed out, and was the #9 TE in that span. But then he posted one-catch clunkers against the Seahawks in Week 5 and the 49ers in Week 12 with Reed sidelined. He's certainly a sleeper if Reed (knee) can't get healthy, but he hasn't been a consistent performer even with Reed out.
Redskins TE Jordan Reed, who had a procedure done on his injured knee, also watched. He didn’t walk with a noticeable limp, and didn’t wear a brace on the knee. HC Jay Gruden said he’s not concerned about the stability of the tight end position, praising Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen. (Gruden said Paul has bulked up some more in an attempt to help himself become more effective as a blocker. He’s definitely noticeably bigger).
Paul could surprise if Reed ends up on the shelf with his knee issues. Paul isn't a shoo-in to produce, but he has had his moments with Reed sidelined.
Reed was sent to a doctor last week after reporting soreness in his knee prior to last Tuesday’s OTA practice.
Gruden told reporters that Reed had a “little procedure” on his knee, adding that it was not arthroscopic surgery.
“It’s nothing, really,” Gruden told The Richmond Times Dispatch at the team's charity golf outing. “He’s having a little issue. Nothing serious.”
This is certainly a red flag for a player who has missed considerable time with injury. When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. Niles Paul has shown flashes when given starter's snaps, but he hasn't been consistent even when Reed is out.
As for Jordan Reed, he did not respond to a text message as of Tuesday evening but Chris Cooley shared on his ESPN 980 radio show "The Drive" that several people in the Redskins organization had mentioned to him that Reed had not looked good in recent weeks. Not sure at all what that means, but obviously it is something to be concerned about.
When healthy, Reed has averaged 10.5 fantasy points in PPR formats over the past two seasons. This extrapolates to low-end TE1 numbers and he's certainly a worthy start when he's healthy enough to play. His ADP is currently in the 13th/14th round, so he's a low risk pick. If he can't play, Niles Paul becomes a streaming option.
Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:12pm
With the Redskins returning a majority of their weapons from the 2014 season, head coach Jay Gruden wants to see the ball spread around more in 2015.
As the Washington Redskins look to build off some of the offense’s successes from last season, head coach Jay Gruden wants to make sure the unit doesn’t become too predictable.
That starts with getting enough weapons involved to keep opposing defenses on their toes.
Yes, both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon will still get plenty of touches, but some of the team’s role players may see an increase in looks as well during the 2015 season.
“The most important thing with an offense is being able to spread the ball around and get everybody involved,” Gruden said at the NFL Annual Meetings in Phoenix. “I think with Pierre, Andre and Ryan Grant coming back in a second year, Jordan Reed, Niles Paul coming back, good sound running game with Alfred [Morris], Silas [Redd Jr.] and Chris Thompson, I think it’ll benefit everybody.”
Garçon carried the majority of the aerial attack during the 2013 season, recording 68 more receptions than anyone else on the team en route to a single-season franchise record 113 receptions. But Garcon's receptions dipped to 68 last year and the story mentioned the Gruden thinks the team can “get his numbers back up a little bit.” Gruden added that would come with QB stability.
Jordan Reed is signed through 2016, so Paul's upside is limited as long as Reed stays healthy. Since Reed hasn't played more than 11 games in either of his two NFL seasons, his owners should keep Paul on speed dial. In best ball formats, the Reed/Paul combo scored 159 points in PPR formats, which equates to #11 TE-type numbers.
Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:04pm
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring, questionable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 13. Reed says he’s going to play on Sunday. If he’s out Niles Paul is a decent dart throw with Colt McCoy at quarterback. Of his 42 pass attempts in a game and a half of action, McCoy targeted a tight end 15 times (35.7%). Washington plays early on Sunday.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:20pm
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Reed says he’s going to play on Sunday. If he’s out Niles Paul is a decent dart throw with Colt McCoy at quarterback. Of his 42 pass attempts, McCoy targeted a tight end 35.7% of the time in a game and a half of action.
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:57pm
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 12. Midweek downgrades due to new injuries typically result in a missed game and the doubtful tag confirms that he’s likely to miss Week 12. There are no good alternatives in Miami, though owners could pickup and start someone like Coby Fleener, Niles Paul or Marcedes Lewis.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 12. Reed’s injury is not to the same hamstring as his injury earlier in the year. Niles Paul will be a Sneaky Start in his place, though the Redskins’ passing game has taken a step back since the return of Robert Griffin III. Paul averaged 4.5-58-0.25 in four games as he starter — he was the #11 TE in that span.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) missed practice again Thursday. Reed’s injury is not in the same hamstring as his injury earlier in the year. If he’s out, Niles Paul will be a Sneaky Start in his place, though the Redskins’ passing game has taken a step back since the return of Robert Griffin III.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Reed’s injury is not in the same hamstring as his injury earlier in the year. If he’s out, Niles Paul will be a Sneaky Start in his place, though the Redskins’ passing game has taken a step back since the return of Robert Griffin III.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:53pm
The frustration continues to grow for Reed owners as he's now had issues with both hamstrings. Niles Paul has proven capable of filling in but we'll have to see Reed's status throughout the week and leading up to the game. At this point, owners are probably better off going another direction, especially given the inconsistent play of QB Robert Griffin III.
Friday, October 10, 2014, 6:13pm
Redskins TE Jordan Reed (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 6. Reed told reporters that he’s going to play in Week 6 and ESPN beat writer John Keim said he also expects Reed to play. He should return to the starting lineup after the stinker Niles Paul put up against the Seahawks in Week 5, though there is always risk with soft tissue injuries.
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