Despite the non-existent off-season and truncated pre-season, Redskins rookie receiver Niles Paul said this week: “It’s felt extremely long – a lot different than college.”
For Paul and the other rookies, this is Week 23 of their first NFL season, which concludes Sunday at Philadelphia.
Paul is one of 12 rookies to see their professional debuts this season. He’s played 141 of 944 snaps, caught two passes for 25 yards and carried once for seven yards.
The preseason was a whirlwind for Paul and once he got a grasp of what was going on, missed three games because of a turf toe.
“It was a couple games into the season that I started feeling comfortable just being out there,” he said. “Obviously, I had to learn on the fly and I feel personally, receiver and corner are the two hardest positions to adjust to because of the speed of the game.”
Once the season is over, Paul will return for a time to his home state of Nebraska before experiencing his first set of NFL organized team activities and mini-camps.
“[Playing this year] will allow me to get more accustomed to what we’re doing,” he said.
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