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Part of Washington's running woes last season were thanks to injuries decimating the tight-end position. Both Niles Paul (dislocated/fractured left ankle) and Logan Paulsen (torn toe ligaments) are physical players who could take some of the blocking duties off star Jordan Reed's shoulders. Both were lost during training camp in 2015.
Paul was back on the field Wednesday - "two months ahead of schedule" he said - and looked close to his old self. Paulsen is a true blocking tight end, though not expected to contribute much as a receiver. He, too, was back on the field, though he dropped a pass and fumbled. With veteran Vernon Davis also in the mix, it's possible the Redskins keep four tight ends - especially since they let fullback Darrel Young go. In that case, Paul could see snaps when that spot is needed.
TE Vernon Davis (groin) sat out Wednesday's OTA practice.
S Kyshoen Jarrett (nerve damage in shoulder) is still seeing a specialist in Denver. He sustained the injury Jan. 3 in the regular-season finale and his chances of playing this season appear remote.
G Spencer Long took repetitions at center on Wednesday and will continue to do so throughout the offseason. He became the starting left guard last year. The Redskins want to have a backup option at center, where injuries struck hard last season.
A closer look at Redskins' picks (7):
Round 1/22 - Josh Doctson, WR, 6-2, 202, Texas Christian
Tall receiver may have a slight build and lack prototypical speed, but he's a wizard in the air, taking full advantage of a 41-inch vertical jump. Very efficient at tracking balls down field. Does not lose many 50-50 battles with cornerbacks.
Round 2/53 - Su'a Cravens, LB, 6-1, 226, Southern Cal
A hybrid safety-linebacker. The Redskins plan to use Cravens all over the field against pass-happy offenses, but early on he will be a linebacker in their dime packages.
Round 3/84 - Kendall Fuller, CB, 5-11, 187, Virginia Tech
Three older brothers all went to Virginia Tech and have played in the NFL. Fuller is a local product from Good Counsel High in Olney. Md. His junior season was cut short by a torn meniscus and Fuller also needed microfracture surgery in his right knee. If healthy, he was considered a likely first-round pick.
Round 5/152 - Matt Ioannidis, DE, 6-3, 299, Temple
Washington needed to add youth and depth to its defensive line. Ioannidis provides both, plus the ability to play inside or out. The Redskins drafted him as a defensive end.
Round 6/187 - Nate Sudfeld, QB, 6-6, 234, Indiana
A strong-armed developmental pick with the size NFL scouts dream about. Sudfeld threw 61 touchdown passes in his college career with 20 interceptions. The Redskins hope he turns into a quality backup.
Round 7/232 - Steven Daniels, LB, 5-11, 243, Boston College
A thumper in the middle who plays better in coverage than his below-average 40-yard dash time indicates. Daniels ran one of the nation's best run defenses at Boston College at inside linebacker. Expected to also contribute on special teams.
Round 7/242 - Keith Marshall, RB, 5-11, 219, Georgia
The fastest running back at the Combine (4.31 40-yard dash). Marshall's career at Georgia began with promise before a torn ACL ruined his sophomore and junior seasons. He returned in a complementary role as a senior. A true home-run threat in the backfield.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: QB Kirk Cousins (tendered at $19.953M; signed March 3).
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
TE Alex Smith (not tendered as UFA).
RB Pierre Thomas (not tendered as UFA).
CB Cary Williams (not tendered as UFA).
FB Darrel Young (not tendered as UFA).
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE-RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED
WR Josh Doctson (1/22): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
LB/S Su'a Cravens (2/53): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
DE Matt Ioannidis (5/152): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
QB Nate Sudfeld (6/187): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
LB Steven Daniels (7/232): $2.581M/4 yrs, $77,296 SB.
RB Keith Marshall (7/242): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
CB Will Blackmon: UFA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
LB Will Compton: ERFA; terms unknown.
QB Kirk Cousins: FFA; $19.95M/1 yr.
LB Mason Foster: UFA; $2.5M/2 yrs, $350,000 SB.
LB Junior Galette: UFA; $1.6M/1 yr.
DL Kedric Golston: UFA; $1.005M/1 yr.
SS Duke Ihenacho: Not tendered as RFA; terms unknown.
QB Colt McCoy: UFA; 3 yrs, terms unknown.
TE Logan Paulsen: UFA; $840,000/1 yr, $35,000 SB.
C Josh LeRibeus: UFA; $920,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
RB Chris Thompson: ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
P Tress Way: ERFA; $7.8M/5 yrs, $1.25M SB/$2.35M guaranteed.
S David Bruton Jr.: UFA Broncos; $9M/3 yrs, $2.5M SB/$3.4M guaranteed.
TE Vernon Davis: UFA Broncos; $2.4M/1 yr, $1.1M guaranteed/$500,000 SB.
LB Terence Garvin: Not tendered as RFA by Steelers; terms unknown.
DL Ziggy Hood: FA; terms unknown.
CB Josh Norman: UFA Panthers; $75M/5 yrs, $36.5M guaranteed/$15M SB.
NT Jerrell Powe: FA; terms unknown.
DE Kendall Reyes: UFA Chargers; terms unknown.
CB Greg Toler: UFA Colts; $840,000/1 yr, $80,000 SB.
T Tom Compton: Not tendered as RFA/Falcons; terms unknown.
CB Chris Culliver (released/failed physical/post-June 1 designation)
S Dashon Goldson (released).
QB Robert Griffin III (released).
DE Jason Hatcher (released).
LB Jackson Jeffcoat (released).
S Jeron Johnson (released).
DL Frank Kearse: UFA Patriots; $840,000/1 yr, $30,000 SB.
NT Terrance Knighton: UFA Patriots; $2.05M/1 yr, $250,000 SB.
RB Alfred Morris: UFA Cowboys; $3.5M/2 yrs, $1M SB.
RB Silas Redd (suspended for entire season).
WR Andre Roberts (released).
LB Keenan Robinson: UFA Giants; $2.6M/1 yr, $1M RB.