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Paul, who finished last year as the kickoff returner, replaced receiver Joshua Morgan as the kickoff returner on Thursday and gained 74 yards on three opportunities against the Vikings.

“If somebody takes advantages of their opportunities, then they’ll stay there,” Shanahan said Friday. “If they don’t, then we’ll try somebody else. One of the reasons why we put Niles back there [was] to give him a little shot, and he took advantage of that opportunity.”

Paul, who has succeeded Doughty as the special teams captain the last four games, said the yardage differential in all return games demonstrate improvement. The sample size isn’t large enough to evaluate anywhere but on kickoff coverage, where the Redskins were allowing 26.4 yards per return in the first five games, including a 90-yarder by Harris, but have allowed 18.3 yards per return in the last four.

“I mean, it’s a process,” Doughty said. “It’s one of those things that not everything is going to always go your way, but as long as you’re putting in that process of focusing on detail and paying attention to everything you can do, hopefully, those results will come.”