The Washington Redskins had the worst special teams in the NFL last season by almost any statistical measure, and the team has wisely focused a lot of their offseason on improving that unit by acquiring players who can add depth on offense or defense while also contributing on teams. TE Ted Bolser, who was drafted in the seventh round with the 217th pick overall, fits that bill perfectly.
Bolser was a productive pass catcher at Indiana, where he left as the school’s all time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns from the TE position. Due to his lack of athleticism, there are questions about his ability to create separation at the NFL level, and he does not project to be a No. 1 tight end. Nobody expects Bolser to surpass Jordan Reed, Logan Paulsen or Niles Paul on the depth chart this year, but down the road, he could turn out to be more of a complimentary player in multiple TE formations and an occasional red-zone target. Bolser also lined up at fullback every once in a while in college, so he has some position flexibility, but his real value comes on special teams, where he should make an immediate impact on punt and kickoff coverage — head coach Jay Gruden has gone out of his way to emphasize how much he loved what he saw of Bolser’s aggressiveness and fearlessness covering kicks in college.
Early word from OTAs and rookie minicamp is that Bolser is still adjusting to the speed of the pro game, but he seems to have a clear path to a roster spot on special teams, and once he makes the team, he will have a chance to get used to the speed of the game and earn some playing time on offense.