TE Logan Paulsen, Atlanta Falcons
HT: 6-4, WT: 264, Born: 2-26-1987, College: UCLA, Drafted: ---
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In four seasons with Washington, Paulsen has been a minor contributor the majority of the time. He's coming off a career-best 28 receptions for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns; hardly the stuff of legend.
|1||New Orleans Saints|
|2||at Cincinnati Bengals|
|3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|4||at Minnesota Vikings|
|5||at New York Giants|
|7||at Baltimore Ravens|
|10||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|11||at Carolina Panthers|
|14||at Green Bay Packers|
|16||at New Orleans Saints|
2013 Game Summaries
Week 3 - The Redskins involved Paulsen heavily in their matchup against the Lions, and Paulsen responded with his biggest game of the season. The UCLA product tied fellow tight end Jordan Reed with six targets, mostly working in the flat and across the middle of the field. Paulsen did not showcase much of a motor after the catch, but he did snag several passes for double digit yardage to help the Redskins move the chains, looking confident in a pass-catching role. Paulsen is a load to bring down in the open field, thus his size alone should guarantee at least nominal gains after the catch. His presence in the passing game does muddy the waters for fantasy players in deep leagues seeking help at tight end, since Jordan Reed looked the part of the player to add after the Redskins played the Packers in Week Two.
Week 4 - Paulsen caught all two of his targets to lead Redskins tight ends in receiving yards. He had a particularly impressive thirty-three yard catch-and-run across the O.Co Coliseum infield, but the Raiders forced a fumble on Paulsen and recovered the football. Paulsen appeared to be the beneficiary of the Redskins' revolving door at tight end in Oakland and, over the past several weeks, seems to be carving out a greater role at the position than just that of extra in-line blocker.
Week 10 - Paulsen scored a touchdown from one yard out and got three total targets against Minnesota. He remains Washington's primary in-line tight end.
Week 11 - Paulsen soaked up targets at the tight end position with Jordan Reed out of the game, but did not record a catch.
Week 12 - The de facto receiving tight end with Jordan Reed concussed and Fred Davis gone rogue, Paulsen had zero catches on two targets.
Week 13 - The only tight end on the Redskins roster not concussed or neglectful of team responsibilities, Paulsen had his biggest game of the season. He scored his second touchdown of the season on a skinny post route off a pass that Robert Griffin III flicked into tight coverage. Paulsen caught the pass and bounced off a couple of Giants defensive backs for the score. Much more of a blocking tight end - though his hands are not made of stone - Paulsen filled in nicely as a short option for Robert Griffin III as the Redskins sought to run a lot of no-huddle offense and move the ball down the field quickly. He stands to see even more of the field, one would assume, after Fred Davis blew what was his best opportunity of the 2013-14 season.
Week 14 - Paulsen made a terrific, one-handed stab off a seven-yard pass from Robert Griffin III for the Redskins' only touchdown in Week Fourteen. Overthrown in the back of the end zone, Paulsen grabbed the back end of the football with one hand and controlled the catch for the score. The touchdown was his second in as many games filling in for the injured Jordan Reed. Paulsen is no one's idea of the speedy, basketball-playing tight end prototype that dominates the NFL today, but on a Redskins team desperate for pass catchers, he has at least been steady this season.
Week 17 - An unremarkable though steady fixture in the Washington "passing game," Paulsen finished the season with an eight target game, his most of any game this season. Certainly the most versatile tight end on the Redskins' roster, Paulsen, as he has in games past, caught the ball where it was thrown but offered little in terms of yards after the catch. Speed is simply not a weapon in Paulsen's arsenal, though his oversized hands make for good targets. It stands to reason that despite said versatility, he will likely slide back into the role of in-line tight end in 2014, with either the return of Jordan Reed or the acquisition of a more lithe, pass-catching tight end by the Redskins.