Logan Paulsen has come a long way since the Washington Redskins signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2010. On Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, he replaced the injured Fred Davis as the team’s No. 1 tight end.
Paulsen played 56 of Washington’s 59 offensive snaps. He had four receptions for 43 yards, including a 31-yard catch. He also helped block in the running game – tailback Alfred Morris averaged 4.5 yards on 13 rushes – and he was penalized for two false starts.
“I feel like I played OK,” he said. “I had two offsides, which were unfortunate. It could have been a little cleaner in certain aspects, but overall I feel pretty positive about the whole experience.”
Paulsen’s 31-yard reception resulted from a play-action pass in which the linebacker over him held at the line of scrimmage because of the run fake. Paulsen broke out to the sideline, and quarterback Robert Griffin III delivered a perfect pass.
It was an example of why Paulsen earned the opportunity to replace Davis, who tore his Achilles tendon against New York last week. Coaches believe he has steadily improved since he became a pro, specifically in his blocking technique.
“Logan is a gym rat,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said last week. “He is in this building as long as anybody. He came in as an undrafted free agent who didn’t have much chance to make the team. He’s overachieved every year, and Logan is a legit player now.
“He is a very good blocking tight end. He’s not blowing by anybody or not really doing just a lot of one-on-one stuff for him, but…I call him the ‘angle king’ because he takes the best angle to everywhere at every time. He gets to spots fast, and he’s a big, friendly target for quarterbacks.”