With 11 wide receivers on the current roster–including seven rookies or sophomores–it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. Every route must be crisp. Every catch must be clean. And it wouldn’t hurt to bring the coaching staff breakfast.
Niles Paul was the best receiver out there yesterday, running great routes and using his size to get separation. Two of the knocks on him, that caused him to slide to the fifth round of the draft, were questions about his routes and consistency in catching the ball.
If you ask Paul, he’s been miscast.
“A lot of people think I can’t run good routes,” he said. ”But if you really watch me, I run pretty good routes for a 225-pound receiver.”
Paul is one of the biggest-bodied receivers on the team and isn’t afraid to go up and get a ball, as he displayed yesterday in 11-on-11. But for all of the young receivers on the team, it will be an adjustment at the pro level.
“You gotta get open on your routes,” he said. ”Y’know in college, you had all day to get open. But up here, you gotta get in, you gotta get out.”
He continued: “It’s extremely fast. I’ve had to catch my breath the next play. Every time I come back, I’ve gotta be right back out there. It’s a real fast pace, but I think that’s gonna be really good for conditioning.”
After coming from a Huskers team that was built around Redskins teammate running back Roy Helu, Paul isn’t afraid to block down field either. Just not quite yet.
“Well, we aren’t out there in full pads, so I haven’t really gotten a chance to show that off,” he said. ”In college, you could kinda just hit people and they would fall off their position. Now I’m just focused on staying and maintaining position.”
Paul has a chance to be a solid member of the receiver corps if he continues to develop, and can perform consistently. He looked good yesterday, but today is a new day.
I’ll give you updates on the action when they take the field in a little bit. Should be a great day to come out to Redskins Park if you’re interested in seeing them in person. Or you can just follow us here, here, and here while you’re at work.
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