Niles Paul

Niles Paul

Tight End #84
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 224 lb.
College:Nebraska
Age:30
Born:August 9, 1989
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 5 (155)
Draft Team:WAS

Niles Paul: Calling it quits

Paul announced Tuesday that he has chosen to retire from the NFL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Paul was recently released by the 49ers on Friday, and said even though he feels he can compete for a roster spot this season, he doesn't think his body can handle it. The 29-year-old was known for his days with the Redskins, where he racked up 68 catches for 856 yards and two touchdowns in six seasons.

August 6, 2019 4:37 PM EST

Niles Paul: Released by 49ers

The 49ers released Paul on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Paul was competing with a plethora of tight ends for the No. 3 tight end spot, and it appears he did not do much to make an impression. He was let go to bring in another potential depth tight end. The veteran's potential options could be narrowing down at this point in his career.

August 2, 2019 5:22 PM EST

Niles Paul: Signs with 49ers

Paul agreed to a contract with the 49ers on Friday,

Analysis: Paul spent his first six seasons as a depth tight end for the Redskins before suiting up for six games with Jacksonville last season. A knee injury ultimately sent him to the IR, but he never found a new home after he and the team came to terms on an injury settlement in mid-October. He will need to make an impression if he hopes to earn a spot on San Francisco final 53-man roster, as he is competing against a plethora of other candidates.

July 26, 2019 4:55 PM EST

Niles Paul: Waived by Jags

Paul (knee) was waived off injured reserve by the Jaguars on Friday.

Analysis: Paul has been on injured reserve since suffering an MCL sprain in mid-October. The 29-year-old signed a two-year, $4.75 million deal with the Jaguars in March, and had 10 receptions for 98 yards over six games before the MCL sprain. Paul will have to clear waivers before becoming a free agent, when he would then be eligible to sign with any team if healthy.

December 14, 2018 2:20 PM EST

Niles Paul: Lands on IR

Paul (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Paul suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday's loss to the Cowboys, and the Jaguars take another big hit to the tight end position, as Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core-muscle injury) was also placed on injured reserve just a few days ago. In Paul's absence Sunday, James O'Shaughnessy ended up playing 75 percent of the team's offensive snaps and caught three passes for 29 yards. O'Shaughnessy is now in line to be the team's starting tight end moving forward, and the Jaguars also signed tight end Blake Bell on Tuesday to shore up their depth at the position.

October 16, 2018 7:12 AM EST

Niles Paul: Likely to miss time with MCL sprain

Paul (knee) is believed to have suffered an MCL sprain in Sunday's 40-7 loss to the Cowboys and is expected to miss time due to the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Jacksonville was counting on Paul to take on an enhanced role after starting tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (core-muscle injury) was placed on injured reserve a few days earlier, but the 29-year-old started and played just three offensive snaps before exiting with the knee issue. Paul's absence for most of the game paved the way for James O'Shaughnessy to play 75 percent of the offensive snaps at tight end, with the latter finishing with three receptions for 29 yards on four targets. While Paul's injury seems unlikely to end his season, the Jaguars will have a better idea regarding how long he might be sidelined after the results of his MRI become available. Expect O'Shaughnessy to enter the starting lineup for at least Week 7 against the Texans while Paul is on the mend.

October 15, 2018 9:40 AM EST

Niles Paul: Exits game with knee injury

Paul (knee) exited Sunday's game against the Cowboys with a knee injury, John Oehser of the Jaguars' official site

Analysis: With Paul -- who caught seven of nine targets for 65 yards in Week 5 -- hobbled, James O'Shaughnessy and David Grinnage are now the only healthy tight ends the Jaguars have available Sunday.

October 14, 2018 2:03 PM EST

Niles Paul: Breaks out with 65 yards

Paul caught seven of nine targets for 65 yards in Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Paul took advantage of Austin Seferian-Jenkins leaving Sunday's game with a core muscle injury to post his best single-game performance since 2014. Seferian-Jenkins is headed to injured reserve, creating an opportunity at tight end for Paul and James O'Shaughnessy. The latter currently sits atop Jacksonville's depth chart, though playing time seems likely to be split between the two.

October 8, 2018 5:17 PM EST

Niles Paul: Catches two passes

Paul caught both targets for 11 yards in Sunday's 31-12 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Paul played only nine offensive snaps through the first three games, but saw 28 against the Jets to post his first multi-catch game since Week 13 of last season. No. 2 tight end James O'Shaugnessy had a similarly increased role this week, limiting Paul's potential. The 29-year-old remains the third tight end on a run-first offense, though QB Blake Bortles has thrown the ball well as Leonard Fournette continues to deal with a hamstring injury.

October 1, 2018 5:05 PM EST

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