Editor’s note: Wide receiver Niles Paul, drafted by the Redskins in the fifth round out of Nebraska, is keeping a weekly diary for The Post about his efforts to make the team.

Life has gotten really busy since practice started. It makes me appreciate all the time I spent with my family before I left, because I have a feeling that I won’t be seeing much of them for a while.

Finally being back on the field feels great though. It’s almost unreal that I’m out there on the field playing against, and with, some guys that I looked up to when I was in high school and college.

(Photo by Mark Petinga)

I really have to work just to get open, but that’s a good thing because it’s helping me become a better player. Also the speed of practice is high tempo. I will go in one play and have a deep route then have to go back in before I can catch my breath.

I really did think I was in shape coming here, but I soon realized that being in shape is completely different from being in football shape. I think now that I have a few days under my belt, my body is adjusting to the tempo of practice and I’m learning how to perfect my craft as a wide receiver.