The Washington Redskins are in a bit of a pickle right now in the tight end position, as not only is Niles Paul out for the season and Jordan Reed is dealing with a hamstring injury, but Logan Paulsen is also out for the season too.
Paulsen will undergo a season-ending surgery on his big right toe, after injuring it during practice last week on August 6. He was the team’s best blocking tight end, whilst Paul is the team’s best catching tight end.
With these names now out, the Redskins find themselves thin on numbers and experience, and now they’re scraping the bottom of the barrel in the positon, until Reed comes back. Left on the roster, they have first-year tight ends Je’Ron Hamm and Chase Dixon and rookie Devin Mahina.
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Possible Tight End Pick-Ups
There isn’t much available on the free agency either to provide some sort of experience in the tight end position.
Former Seattle Seahawks Zach Miller is still without a team and could provide some sort of assistance during this time of need. Questions still may be asked about his fitness, as that was the reason why he was released by the Seahawks back in March earlier this year.
Miller was part of the Super Bowl XLVIII winning side and was a Pro Bowler in 2010, so this experience would be useful if the Redskins were to pick him up.
If not Miller, then the Redskins could turn to one of their former tight ends Fred Davis. He played for the team from 2008 to 2013. His substance abuse problems in the past whilst with the Redskins might be a reason why the team doesn’t go for him.
Davis is less productive than Miller as well. Miller has had 328 receptions for 3,804 yards and 20 touchdowns in seven seasons in the league. Davis on the other hand, has had only 162 receptions for 2,043 yards and 13 touchdowns in six seasons.
If the Redskins had to pick one, they should go for Miller, but maybe they’ll give their less experience tight ends a chance to prove themselves during the preseason and you never know, one of them might emerge as a possible starter.