After a busy free agency period, a draft in which 10 new players were added and the acquisition of 13 undrafted college players, the Redskins look much different than they did last December. So in the coming weeks, Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will break down the revamped roster, position-by-position, as offseason activities ramp up and depth charts come into focus.
Position: Tight end
On the roster: Jordan Reed, Niles Paul, Logan Paulsen, Chase Dixon, Je’Ron Hamm, Devin Mahina
Likely to make the 53: Reed, Paul, Paulsen
Comment: Sometimes players battle with injuries early in their careers and then figure out how to stay healthy. They learn how to prepare during the week and before games to minimize the chance of getting hurt and between the lines they don’t take unnecessary hits. And others don’t figure it out and spend a lot of time on the inactive list. We don’t know yet which direction Reed’s career will take. He has Pro Bowl level talent if he can stay on the field; if he can’t, he stretches the depth of the tight end group.
Paul stepped in during the five games that Reed missed and ended up third on the team with 507 yards receiving and he averaged 13.0 yards per catch, second on the Redskins. He signed a three-year, $6 million contract to return.
Paulsen had just 78 yards receiving last year, his lowest production since his rookie 2010 season. His run blocking was solid but he struggled when he was asked to pass block. Perhaps Paulsen could get pushed for a roster spot based on his play from scrimmage but his play on special teams clinches a job for him.
Battling for a job: Dixon, Hamm, Mahina
Comment: Dixon latched on with the Redskins’ practice squad in November last year and they brought him back for an offseason look this year. He played both tight end and receiver at Central Arkansas so he has some pass-catching ability.
Hamm was signed to the practice squad in Week 2 last year. At 6-3, 236 he is on the small side for a tight end trying to make a team that is trying to get bigger up front.
The NFL.com scouting report on Mahina, who signed last week as an undrafted free agent, said that he is a “tight end with good size, but more of a finesse approach to the game.” He was an effective blocker at BYU but he’s not going to be able to finesse NFL ends and linebackers. It will be interesting to see what his approach is when they put on the pads in Richmond in late July.
Post draft depth chart series