Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Redskins' plans at TE
By Tom Carpenter
The Washington Redskins' are set at QB, RB and solid at WR, but there are lingering questions about how they will handle their TE corps this offseason. Fred Davis finished the 2012 season on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon and will be a free agent, Chris Cooley may head off to retirement, Logan Paulsen is still developing his game and will be a restricted free agent and WR convert Niles Paul is still a project. Here is how the Washington Examiner's John Keim thinks things will flesh out.
"It all depends on whether or not Davis returns. If he does then the Redskins should be encouraged. Paulsen continues to develop and, while not explosive, he is a solid blocker and has strong hands. Paul needs to show he can be a legitimate tight end, something he did not do this season," he wrote.
"If Davis and Paulsen are back and healthy, then Paul’s role will be as the occasional blocker and as a tough matchup for linebackers. But he needs to stay on his feet to be a consistent threat. ... Regardless, they should look to the draft to find another potential pass-catcher at this spot."
In his most recent Big Board, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. has Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert No. 18 and Stanford's Zach Ertz No. 20, but the trouble for the Redskins is that they don't have a first-round pick this year. Other options the Redskins may consider if they do target a TE in the draft may include Cincinnati's Travis Kelce, Florida's Jordan Reed or MSU's Dion Sims, who round out Kiper's Top 5 prospects at TE.