Jacksonville signed Austin Seferian-Jenkins shortly after signing Paul, leaving the 28-year-old as the likely No. 3 tight end. It now seems Paul has a shot at the No. 2 job, though he may have to fend off competition from Ben Koyack and James O'Shaughnessy. Seferian-Jenkins is the one to watch for fantasy purposes, with Lewis' release perhaps freeing up an every-down role.
Paul will be joined in Jacksonville by fellow tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, ESPN.com's Richi Cimini and Michael DiRocco reports.
When Paul signed a two-year deal on Wednesday he appeared to be joining a Jaguars team without much competition for passing-down snaps at tight end. The addition of Seferian-Jenkins likely leaves the former Redskin third on the depth chart, given that long-time starter Marcedes Lewis -- primarily a blocker -- also is on the roster. Paul has 68 catches in 82 NFL games, with 39 of those receptions occurring in 2014 when Jordan Reed only played nine games. It isn't out of the question that Paul faces competition for a roster spot.
Paul agreed to terms Wednesday with the Jaguars on a two-year contract, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
A 2011 fifth-round pick, Paul piled up 507 of his 856 career receiving yards in 2014, with most of that production coming during a four-game stretch early in the season when Jordan Reed was injured. Paul subsequently missed all of 2015 due to a dislocated ankle and then was buried on the depth chart behind Reed and Vernon Davis the past two seasons. The 28-year-old should have a bit more opportunity in Jacksonville, where there's no real proven talent at tight end behind long-time starter Marcedes Lewis. The Redskins mostly used Paul as a blocker last season, but the Jaguars may view him as a candidate to handle passing-down work.
Paul finished his 2017 season with 13 receptions for 94 yards across 14 games.
Paul was an afterthought in the Redskins' passing attack this season, especially considering starting tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) only managed to play six games. Paul now hits the open market after spending the past six seasons in Washington. In 2014 he seemed poised to compete for the starting tight end role after posting 507 receiving yards but has since fallen off the map due to various injuries. It seems unlikely the Redskins will have much interest in retaining him given the slew of other options they have on the roster at the moment.
Paul recorded three receptions for 12 yards in Thursday's loss to the Cowboys.
Paul has seen an increased offensive role over the past few weeks with Jordan Reed (hamstring) inactive, recording eight receptions in the past three contests. However, he only managed 17 offensive reps Thursday night, a big dropoff from the 33 reps he averaged in the two previous weeks. Once Reed returns, expect Paul to see even fewer opportunities on offense.
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