"I struggled a little bit these last couple years, but I still have the raw natural talent and ability," he said. "I believe working with Coach Barry, he's going to allow me to unlock that and allow me to go back to what I was doing my first couple years. I'm definitely excited for the change. I feel I still have a lot of raw talent that I can unleash over here."
The Redskins likely won't finish looking for more tight end help. They hosted free agent Vernon Davis on Friday. Not only would he provide veteran insurance as a pass-catcher if Paul isn't fully recovered in time for the season, but the Redskins also like that he can block. One of the primary issues in the run game last season was the inconsistency -- at best -- when it came to the tight ends blocking.
Redskins president Bruce Allen said after the three-day open negotiating period before free agency that they had a good feel for what they might, or might not, be able to do in free agency. Also: They only have approximately $18 million to $20 million of cap space and plenty of needs. They still have to sign linebacker Junior Galette, as well, though he might end up needing to take a smaller one-year prove-it deal.
But it does mean that there is some interest there so why would the Redskins look at a possible fourth tight end, whether it ends up being Carrier, Jensen, Davis, another free agent, or a draft pick? Because there is an opening on the roster that will allow the Redskins to keep an additional tight end.