Washington TE Niles Paul preparing for bigger role

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Washington Redskins had high hopes for TE Jordan Reed, who last season showed plenty of promise before despite missing seven games with various ailments. But the second-year tight end was unable to make it through the first quarter of Sunday’s 17-6 season opening loss to the Houston Texans before straining his left hamstring.

Niles Paul became the primary tight end thereafter, and he’s set to continue in that role with Reed’s status uncertain heading into Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field. Coach Jay Gruden indicated Reed would require an MRI exam, adding he could miss significant time.

“Same way I’ve been preparing since Day One,” Paul said Monday during the team’s open locker room. Tight ends “coach Wes [Phillips] told me to train like I was number one.”

Fantasy Impact: 

Paul led the Redskins with 86 receiving yards on four catches but fumbled at the Houston 7 following a 48-yard catch. For those counting on Reed who now possibly find themselves in trouble at the position if he were to miss time, Paul could be a guy to look to at least in the short term. We'll continue to keep you update on Reed's MRI, but reports Sunday night indicated Gruden was concerned about the severity.

Filed Under: 2014, W2

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