Redskins vs Browns – Players to Watch in first Preseason Game

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Jun 16, 2015; Ashburn, VA, USA; Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen (82) catches the ball during day one of Redskins Minicamp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

3. Redskins Tight Ends

With Niles Paul and Jordan Reed the Washington Redskins have a good set of pass catching tight ends and for now Paul is listed at the top of the depth chart at the position. However, each have been slowed by injuries in training camp so it’s unknown how much they’ll play against the Browns.

Paul suffered a shoulder injury and Reed is dealing with a hamstring issue.  Paul’s MRI came back negative so he shouldn’t be out long and Reed is day to day.  So with those two injured, other tight ends will have a chance to show what they can do.

Update: Paulsen is out due to injury.

Logan Paulsen has been a backup tight end for the Redskins for years but he will need a good preseason to remain as the third tight end as others are pushing him for a spot on the team.  The Redskins signed undrafted free agent Devin Mahina who is huge at 6’6, 250.

They also have intriguing young prospects in Je’Ron Hamm and Chase Dixon at tight end, so if Paul and Reed don’t play much then these young players will get a good long look from the Redskins coaching staff.

Pass catching will be important but another aspect to watch will be how the tight ends block.  This is crucial with the Redskins going to a power running game and effective blocking from the tight end spot is something the Redskins will need this year.

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