Niles Paul will look to turn his fortune next year
It was supposed to be Niles Paul’s year.
The 26-year-old was supposed to emerge as one of Kirk Cousins’ top targets in the passing game. After all, just last season, Paul snagged 39 passes for 507 yards.
But when he went down in a pre-season game with a broken and dislocated ankle (and, while on the field, Paul cried out "this was my year"), Paul had to put that career season on hold.
That was obviously incredibly frustrating, as Paul told Jake Kring-Schreifels of Redskins.com
“It was just a weird place for three or four months because you go from every year playing football, to over this period of time not playing at all, at home sitting down watching the games,” Paul said. “So it was tough to watch that. I see my boys out there fighting and I just wanted to be out there with them.”
But despite the horrible injury, it did allow one great thing to emerge: Jordan Reed had a career year and solidified himself as one of the NFL’s top tight ends.
Paul saw that coming.
“I knew it was going to happen,” Paul said. “With Logan down and I was down, J-Reed put it on himself to step up and he did this year. In my opinion, he had a Pro Bowl year.”
And while every Redskins fan is going wild over Reed, it’s important to not forget about Paul. Should he and Reed stay healthy, both players can provide the Redskins with solid receiving skills from the tight end corps. They could possibly team together to become one of the better combos in the NFL.
So while this year may not have been Paul’s year, next year may be.