The Washington Redskins have a pretty interesting group of tight ends. While the group certainly doesn't rival that of the New England Patriots, there is definitely a good amount of talent at the position.
The corps is led and highlighted by Fred Davis, a young tight end who has been building quite a reputation for himself the past few seasons. The former second-round pick is a very valuable offensive weapon and will more than likely be a big part of quarterback Robert Griffin III’s success in coming seasons.
Besides Davis, there are some other guys who could impress when the season rolls around. Last year, when Davis went down with an Achilles injury, Logan Paulsen stepped in and was very dependable for RG3 down the stretch. He is a good blocker and has rather respectable hands, making him an important guy to have if Davis were to get injured again.
Aside from these two, there are a couple of other guys who could be utilized early on in 2013.
All in all, there is a ton to like about this group of tight ends.
Obviously, there is a lot of good at this position. From Davis to Paulsen to Reed, there is talent throughout.
The Redskins’ type of offense doesn’t use a whole lot of three tight end sets, so there will definitely be some competition between Paulsen and Reed for that second tight end spot behind Davis.
As for Davis, as long as he remains healthy he should be a dominant part of the offense. In fact, this could be Davis’ breakout season. He looked poised to have a big year in 2012, but injury prevented him from really hitting his stride.
If he’s on the field throughout this coming season, expect him to put up some serious numbers.
Washington’s situation at tight end is very top heavy; there’s a pretty sizable discrepancy between the top of the depth chart and the bottom.
Emmanuel Ogbuehi and DeAngelo Peterson are the bottom of the barrel when it comes to Washington’s tight ends. Granted, Ogbuehi is just a rookie and Peterson has only one season under his belt, but they could very well be the odd men out in a very crowded tight end stable.
Ogbuehi was an undrafted free agent, so there’s a pretty good chance he’ll get cut before the season starts unless he somehow leapfrogs Davis, Paulsen and Reed.
Peterson on the other hand is a journeyman type of guy who could also be on his way out before the season even begins.
As I mentioned earlier, there’s a lot of talent at the tight end position for Washington. The guy who might have the most natural athletic talent of the entire group is Niles Paul.
While it may seem harsh to lump him in as part of ‘the ugly’ category, it’s not because he’s lacking in talent. As a former wide receiver, Paul possesses good speed and soft hands. He also has pretty ideal size for a tight end at 6’1”, 233 pounds.
So, what landed him in this grouping? Mostly his inability to be dependable on offense. He also isn’t the best blocker. Since being drafted, Paul has only 10 catches and one touchdown—not exactly impressive numbers.
He had a great opportunity to prove himself as ‘the guy’ when Davis was injured last season, but was out-shined by Paulsen.
There is still a whole lot of potential in Paul, and he will have other chances to succeed in Washington, but for now he will remain with an ‘incomplete’ grade.