“About the third or fourth game of the year, I started to feel like I was getting more comfortable with the playbook,” said Paul, who played wide receiver as a rookie and had two catches.
Asked when he started to feel settled in, Royster said: “Week 16? I mean, it was a long way along. There’s a huge learning curve. . . . Before I started Week 16 or whatever, I got about four weeks under my belt and I was able to get comfortable with it. I think that’s when I finally got the point when I felt comfortable playing.”
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“I just need to play faster,” Kerrigan said earlier in training camp. “I think knowing the defense better and having OTAs and minicamp under my belt will help me to do that. I know my assignments better. Hopefully that will allow me to play more consistently. . . . I knew my assignments last year. But I wasn’t as confident as I am in them now.”
Royster and Helu are part of the Redskins’ competition this summer for the starting job at tailback. Hankerson could become a starter at wide receiver after a 13-catch rookie season, during which his not-quite-seamless adjustment included no playing time until October, followed by offseason hip surgery.
Jarvis Jenkins could be a major contributor in the defensive-line rotation after a rookie season ended by a preseason knee injury. Gomes is competing for playing time at safety. Hurt has been practicing with the starting offensive line in place of injured left guard Kory Lichtensteiger. Paul was moved to tight end and is trying to fit into a mix at the position that includes starter Fred Davis and veteran Chris Cooley.
“I feel like I started all over because now I’m a tight end, but I’m getting more comfortable,” Paul said. “Thank God we had OTAs and minicamp.”
Coaches have told Royster he appears less nervous this year, he said.
“You can see it in the rookies that are here: They’re so much further along than we were at this point last year,” Royster said. “We were just getting into our playbook at this point. They’ve had 10 days of OTAs and everything. They’ve learned fast.”