The Redskins drafted Niles Paul in the 5th round last year as a wide receiver, but he barely saw the field in a crowded receiving corps in 2011, catching just 2 passes for 25 yards. The Redskins brought in another 2 receivers this offseason, leaving Paul as the odd man out, but rather than cutting him, Paul has begun working out with the tight ends. He was in the low 220s last season, but now he is up to 235.
He’s attended all of the team’s tight end meetings and has been lining up solely there in OTAs. At 6-1 235, you can’t expect Paul to be much of a blocker, but with a strong camp, he could make Chris Cooley and his 3.8 million dollar salary expendable as a receiving tight end. Cooley could be cut before the season. Beat writer John Keim of the Washington Examiner says Paul looks very good and could be a “major threat” in a situational role this season.