The Washington Redskins head into preseason with three tight ends likely to make the roster, but rookie Ted Bolser will fight for a fourth spot.
The Washington Redskins upgraded their receiving corps in the offseason, and they will receive an upgrade at tight end right off the bat as starter Jordan Reed returns healthy.
Reed is entering his second season in the NFL since being drafted in the third round, and he showed plenty of promise by finishing with 499 receiving yards in only nine games before sustaining a season-ending concussion.
Logan Paulsen will be the primary backup at tight end, and he is the perfect complement to Reed with his blocking ability. He was the primary pass catcher when Reed was out though and finished with 28 catches, 267 yards and three touchdowns.
Niles Paul will be the No. 3 tight end and be a key contributor on special teams, so this will make seventh-round rookie Ted Bolser more expendable.
The Redskins are not expected to keep more than three tight ends, so Bolser’s best bet will be to supplant Paul.
Paul offers versatility since he used to play wide receiver, and he is working on improving his blocking skills. This will likely leave Bolser on the practice squad.