Niles Paul

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Niles Paul
Niles paul 2014.jpg
Paul with the Redskins in 2014.
No. 84     Washington Redskins
Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-08-09) August 9, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Omaha, Nebraska
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Omaha (NE) North
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 5 / Pick: 155
Debuted in 2011 for the Washington Redskins
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Coaches Second-Team All-Big 12 Punt/Kickoff Returner (2010)
  • Coaches Second-Team All-Big 12 Wide Receiver (2010)
  • Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP (2009)
  • Cletus Fischer Native Son Award
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2014
Receptions 39
Receiving yards 612
Receiving TDs 2
Kick return yards 709
Stats at

Niles Paul (born August 9, 1989) is an American football tight end for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). He was selected in fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft as a wide receiver. He played college football at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

College career[edit]

Niles Paul played for the University of Nebraska football team from 2007 to 2010. He finished his career with 103 receptions for 1,532 yards and 5 touchdowns. His career total of 4,122 all-purpose yards ranks fifth all-time in Nebraska history.

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 224 lb 31 in 878 in 4.51 s 1.52 s 2.58 s 4.14 s 6.90 s 34.5 in 9 ft 9 in 24 reps
All values from NFL Combine[1][2]

Washington Redskins[edit]

2011 Season[edit]

Paul during the Redskins training camp in 2011.

Paul was selected with the 155th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He was signed to a four-year contract on July 29, 2011. Paul made his NFL debut in Week 1 against the New York Giants. In Week 3 against the St. Louis Rams, he made an impressive hit on Austin Pettis during a punt return that caused him to lose the ball, but Paul was penalized for an illegal tackle. On October 5, 2011, Paul was fined $20,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Pettis.[3] In Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers, Paul had his first career start as well as made his first two career catches. Contributing more to special teams, Paul played a total of 13 games, starting in two of them, and recorded two catches for 25 yards by the end of 2011 season.[4]

2012 Season[edit]

On April 20, 2012, it was reported that Paul has been attending the team's tight end meetings and would be switching from wide receiver to tight end.[5] During the offseason some of the Redskins' staff, including coach Mike Shanahan and teammate Darrel Young, compared him to former tight end, Shannon Sharpe.[6] In the Week 12 win against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, Paul scored his first career touchdown.[7]

2013 Season[edit]

During the 2013 offseason, Paul was trained to be the backup fullback behind starter Darrel Young.[8] He would get his first start at fullback in Week 12 against the San Francisco 49ers due to Young being inactive because of injury.

2014 Season[edit]

During the 2014 season, Paul took over at tight end after Jordan Reed was injured in Week 1. Paul made a name for himself by accumulating 21 catches for 313 yards and 1 touchdown prior to suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit in a week 4 Thursday Night Football game by New York Giants defensive back Quentin Demps. Immediately after impact, Paul displayed the classic fencing response, a symptom of a serious concussion. [9]


  1. ^ NFL Combine Profile
  2. ^ NFL Draft Scout Profile
  3. ^ Maese, Rick (October 5, 2011). "Niles Paul fined $20,000 for helmet-to-helmet hit". Retrieved 2011-10-05. 
  4. ^ Tinsman, Brian (February 28, 2012). "Roster Review: Wide Receivers". Retrieved 2012-02-28. 
  5. ^ Jones, Mike (April 20, 2012). "Niles Paul preparing to switch to tight end". Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  6. ^ Tinsman, Brian (June 8, 2012). "Paul Has A Team Of Tight End Mentors". Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  7. ^ Tinsman, Brian (November 23, 2012). "Friday Morning Stats Pack: Redskins-Cowboys". Retrieved 2012-11-23. 
  8. ^ Jones, Mike (August 28, 2013). "Niles Paul to handle fullback duties against Tampa Bay". Retrieved 2014-01-01. 
  9. ^ Sanchez, Josh (September 25, 2014). "Niles Paul knocked out cold". Retrieved 2014-09-25. 

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