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Niles Paul shows just how versatile he can be for the Redskins vs. the Packers

Niles Paul shows just how versatile he can be for the Redskins vs. the Packers

LANDOVER, Md. — Because of the emergence of Jordan Reed, the surprising production from Vernon Davis and a few major injuries in his last two seasons, Niles Paul has become somewhat of a forgotten option amongst the Redskins tight ends.

But on Saturday night against the Packers, the 28-year-old displayed the well-rounded game he has that makes him Washington's most versatile option at the position.

Early in the first quarter, No. 84 raced down field on special teams and recovered a muffed Green Bay punt. Then, midway through the third quarter, Paul reeled in a difficult 16-yard touchdown from Colt McCoy that required some impressive body control and hands:


Afterward, he walked JP Finlay through what was the Redskins' biggest offensive highlight from the matchup (video above).

"I knew I had the linebacker man-to-man and I was just hoping [Colt] was looking at me," Paul said. "He was, and he gave me an opportunity ball and I made the most of it."

Tight end might just be the 'Skins' deepest position, and the one that'll be hardest to sort through come cutdown day. Reed and Davis are locks, but behind them, there's Paul, Derek Carrier, Jeremy Sprinkle and EJ Bibbs battling for probably only two spots.

What makes Paul such an appealing player, though, is exactly what he showed Saturday. He can be a threat as a receiver when needed (landing on injured reserve in 2015 and 2016, plus working behind the two stars ahead of him, has caused some to forget that) and he always brings it on specials. 


That essentially allows the Redskins to fill two roles with one guy, and that's why he's so valuable to them. He's quite ready to prove that value again, too.

"I'm extremely anxious," Paul said about returning to the field for some real action. "I got my season cut in half last year, I just want to be back on the field by any means necessary. I've just been missing it, I've been missing football in my life."

The Burgundy and Gold have surely been missing Paul during the times he's been hurt recently as well. If his effort vs. the Packers was a hint of what's to come, however, the team will soon remember what it's like to have a tight end as multitalented as him at their disposal. 


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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

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Need to Know: First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, September 20, four days before the Washington Redskins play the Raiders at FedEx Field.


Today’s schedule: Practice 1:45; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins press conferences, open locker room after practice, approx. 3:30

Days until:

—Monday night Redskins @ Chiefs (10/2) 12
—Monday night Redskins @ Eagles (11/23) 23
—Cowboys @ Redskins (10/29) 39

First look at Redskins vs. Raiders

—This tweet seems a bit audacious. It’s from Vic Tafur, who writes about the Raiders for the pay site The Athletic.

They are second in the NFL in offensive yards and first in points scored. Oakland is fourth in rushing yards and 13th in passing yards. QB Derek Carr is third in the NFL with a stellar 126.5 passer rating and Marshawn Lynch has a bruising 121 yards rushing. They’re good but I would reserve phrases like “doing whatever they want” for teams like the Greatest Show on Turf or the ’07 Patriots. The Raiders aren’t there yet.

—Defensively, the Raiders are just OK, especially considering they have played a Titans team that is solid but not an offensive juggernaut and the putrid Jets. They are 17th in yards given up and tied for 11th in points allowed. They haven’t intercepted a pass although they have two fumble recoveries. They have five sacks, one more than a Redskins team that talks a lot about a need to get to the quarterback. Khalil Mack has one sack and Bruce Irvin hasn't tallied one yet. But they could explode at any time and the Redskins' pass protection will need to be on point. 

—Carr and Kirk Cousins have very similar numbers in the two seasons plus two games that they both have been starters. One area where Carr has an edge is in the touchdown passes column. Carr has 65 while Cousins has just 46. The Raiders have some quality receivers in Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper. But Cousins could throw to DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon up until this season and Washington also has tight end Jordan Reed. It’s at least a wash in terms of quality of targets if not an advantage to the Redskins. It is something that Carr has solved that Cousins has not. Carr’s ability to get the ball into the end zone helped him become the NFL’s highest-paid player, albeit temporarily.

—Although the Raiders’ offense is not going to make history, the Redskins still need to be prepared to be in a shootout on Sunday night. To be sure, the Redskins defense has improved but it’s hard to see the Raiders scoring less than somewhere in the mid to upper twenties. That means that the Redskins will have to score at least as many points as they did against the Rams, maybe more. They started and ended well in LA; to win next Sunday they probably won’t be able to get away with zero second-half points until after the two-minute warning.

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Giants TE grabs crotch, immediately introduced to NFL's celebration rules

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Giants TE grabs crotch, immediately introduced to NFL's celebration rules

It took the New York Giants a full game and another quarter before they scored their first touchdown of the 2017-18 NFL season.

Giants rookie Evan Engram was the recipient of their first touchdown of the season, scoring the first of his career on Monday Night Football.

Naturally he began to celebrate his accomplishment, but perhaps his celebration was too natural. 


In the clip, right in front of the cameraman, the 23-year-old proceeds to dance with a finishing move crotch grab in the midst of his teammates.

Apparently the loosened NFL celebration rules from this off-season did not take out any sexually suggestive actions. 

It resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kick-off for the Giants.

With the ball then kicked out of bounds the Lions had the ball at their own 45-yard line.


Likely the grab will give Engram a fine from the NFL.

Last season Antonio Brown was fined for a similar celebration, by twerking following a score.

The touchdown remains the only time New York has found the end-zone through two games.

With only 13 points it is the lowest scoring two game start in 70 years for the franchise.