Off the field, with his flowing brown locks grazing against his broad shoulders, Logan Paulsen’s California boy personality might make him appear to be one laid back guy.
On the field, however, Paulsen is anything but laid back, as the third-year Redskins’ tight end tries to perfect his craft against some of the best football players in the world.
Last season, Paulsen got plenty of opportunities to do just that. Injuries and off-the-field issues to others propelled the 2010 undrafted college free agent out of UCLA from third-string tight end at the beginning of the season to the starting lineup by the end of the year.
When all was said and done in 2011, Paulsen had played in every game, starting six, and had career highs in snaps, receptions and yards — snagging three passes for more than 20 yards — and continued to impress the coaching staff with his blocking abilities.
“Last season was invaluable, really,” Paulsen said after Thursday’s final round of organized team activities at Redskins Park. “Being out there and going against some of the best guys in the world at what they do and just learning little tricks from playing against those guys and being able to bring it to this setting has really been awesome.”
As for this upcoming season, Paulsen sees a crowded group vying for playing time at tight end. Veterans Chris Cooley and Fred Davis are back, athletic receiver Niles Paul has been converted this offseason into a tight end and 2011 free agent signee Richard Quinn and rookie Beau Reliford add more youth and talent to the mix.
But Paulsen’s been encouraged by the tight ends as a group during OTAs this offeseason, and said he’s enjoyed the healthy competition within the unit.
“We’re shaping up really well, I think,” Paulsen said. “Obviously Chris (Cooley) and Fred (Davis) are the ones with a lot of experience at the position. They’re both just so great in terms of giving you information that helps you become a better player. And obviously Niles (Paul) coming over from receiver has been fantastic. I mean, he’s picked it up so quickly and really has been doing a fantastic job. Having all those guys, and obviously Beau (Reliford) and Richard (Quinn) are new guys, it’s just a really well-oiled group, I think, and really well-balanced.”
Given the chance to continue living out his dream, Paulsen said he continues simply having fun on the football field as mini camp and training camp loom.
“It’s been good to get out here and play a little football,” he said. “Not that I don’t enjoy weight lifting and stuff like that, but just to be doing what we’re here to be doing and what we love is awesome.”
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