Falcons eyeing TE Niles Paul

Falcons are all over the rumor mill.  Vaughn McClure has reported that Falcons are interested in tight end Niles Paul. 6 – 1 245 lbs. With new Offensive Coordinator Kyle Shanahan tight end position is a must. The Falcons will have a plethora of tight ends to choose from. Such as Browns Jordan Cameron. Ravens Owen Daniels.

But Paul, 26 wouldn’t cost much and Falcons aren’t expected to spend much money on tight end position. Paul, a former 5th round draft pick would be an ideal pick.

Former Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman, who was teammates with Paul had this to say.

“He’s as tough as s—,” Grossman said of Paul. “He’s like the one guy in the locker room you do not want to pick a fight with. He’s just a tough wide receiver/tight end who shows up on special teams all the time.

“That’s kind of how he got his reputation as a rookie, on special teams. Then after a couple of years, they moved him to tight end because he was so strong and could show that, especially in the zone running scheme where basically all you have to do is get your hat in front of the defensive linemen and cut them off. He was strong enough to hold them off in situations where he actually had to do the things normal tight ends do.”

Paul began his career as a wide receiver. Then became the starting fullback before transitioning to tight end.  He caught a career-high 39 passes for 507 yards and a Touchdown

Paul was also a track athlete and he posted a 40 yard dash time of 4.51 at the NFL combine.

Grossman continued

“Obviously, he’s a mismatch for linebackers trying to cover him, with his speed,” Grossman said. “I think tight end is a great position for him. A lot of teams have big tight ends that are like extra offensive linemen. I think he’s the opposite of that. But he’s athletic and really strong. He’s perfect for Kyle’s system. They don’t ask him to block Jason Pierre-Paul one on one.”

Former Redskins Safety & ESPN analyst Ryan Clark had this to say about Paul.

“Tough player,” Clark said. “He’s a grinder. He played really well and produced big as the No. 1 pass-catching tight end when Jordan Reed (hamstring) was out. He’s also a really good special-teams guy and a good locker room dude.

Kyle Shanahan will most likely be looking for former players to help Matt Ryan Julio Jones in the new scheme.

Here’s what Shanahan expects from tight end position.

“I think tight end is always important just because it’s hard to have a threat of many runs if a tight end is not out there,” Shanahan said. “You’d love to go four receivers every single play, or even five receivers, but it makes it a lot easier for the defense when they know you have to throw it. The more times fullbacks go off the field or tight ends go off the field, it limits your run options, which makes you not as balanced.”

“The threat of a tight end who could be out there, which opens up your run game but also is a threat and a matchup in the pass game, it makes a lot easier for a play-caller,” Shahanan said. “It makes it easier for O-linemen, for everybody, because it’s hard in this league when you become one-dimensional. Defenses are too good. Coaches are too good. Defensive lines are too good. And if anybody tees off on something, they’re going to stop you. I think it’s very important to have a tight end out there so you can always have a threat of a different number of runs.”

MadMikes Thoughts: Shanahan obviously wants a versatile tight end. Right now 6-8 Tight End Levine Toilolo doesn’t exactly fit. So whether it’s Nikes Paul or highly coveted Tight End Julius Thomas. Falcons will make an impact.


Niles Paul Check out Niles Paul at NFL Combine. Begins at 4:20


Niles Paul 101 Kickoff return


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