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Niles Paul, teammates optimistic over Sean McVay promotion

Sean McVay, Niles Paul Sean McVay and Niles Paul walk off the field after what would end up as the Redskins’ last win of the 2013 season, against the San Diego Chargers.

Redskins players expressed optimism and excitement over tight ends coach Sean McVay’s promotion to offensive coordinator under new coach Jay Gruden.

Having worked with McVay for the past four seasons – the first as an offensive assistant and the past three as tight ends coach – many players believe that the 27-year-old McVay will flourish in his new role.

“Sean is a genius, really,” tight end Niles Paul said of McVay, a former wide receiver at Miami of Ohio, who broke into the league as an offensive assistant in 2008, and then followed Jay Gruden to the Florida Tuskers as a wide receivers coach/quality control assistant in 2009, and then joined Washington’s staff.

“He puts in work with you and helps you understand your job, and the offense as a whole,” Paul said. “He’s why I was able to make the transition from wide receiver to tight end. He understands the whole offense, and he helps his players understand it, too. That’s why all of us tight ends were able to play tight end, fullback and wide receiver.”

Teammates expressed similar sentiments via text message.

●  Related: D.C. Sports Bog: Former players praise McVay

Under Kyle Shanahan, some of McVay’s duties also included helping plan third-down packages, and explaining those plays to players in meetings.

It remains unclear how play-calling duties will be divided, but if that responsibility falls upon McVay, Paul believes that his former position coach will do well.

“He has a great football mind. Like I said, he’s a genius, really,” Paul said. “He does a great job of thinking up plays just off the top of his head. He won’t have a problem calling plays.”

What’s ahead:

●  At 4 p.m., an At the Podium, with collected tweets and reaction from Jay Gruden’s introduction.

More from The Post:

Reid: Hire a step toward helping RGIII | Wise: Gruden was guy from start

Gruden’s twisting path to the top | Ties to Allen, coaches helped seal deal

D.C. Sports Bog: Gruden in Zubaz uniforms | Beathard likes hire | More Bog

Gruden will become Redskins coach | Haslett, Morris, McVay stay on staff

Jay Gruden, By The Numbers | All Jay Gruden posts on The Insider

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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