After missing the entire 2015 season, seven-year veteran Logan Paulsen returns healthy and eager to play the blocking tight end role he's occupied throughout his career with the Redskins.
Logan Paulsen is happy to be back on the field after missing the entire 2015 season with a toe injury.
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Paulsen, 29, received clearance to return in early March. Later in the month, he signed a reported one-year deal to return to the Washington Redskins.
Now back on the field and full-go in OTAs, Paulsen's ready to fill a role he similarly played in previous seasons, which is to be a tough-nosed blocking tight end.
"Right now, that's kind of the implication I've been getting [and] what they need me to do," Paulsen told Redskins.com. "That's the role. Tom Compton was doing it last year so that's kind of the shoes I'm going to be filling and he's a big, powerful man, so I need to be a big, powerful man who can do what he did in the run game and also get out in the pass game if they need me to do that."
Unlike Jordan Reed, Vernon Davis and even Niles Paul, Paulsen has made a name for himself being a more traditional blocking tight end.
But the aforementioned trio may very well be just part of the best tight ends group he's been a part of in his seven seasons with the Redskins.
"It's definitely the deepest group," Paulsen said. "I've never been in a room where so many guys have played significant snaps, and you have a guy who's a two-time Pro Bowler in Vernon Davis, a guy who's played a lot of football, caught a ton of balls, scored a lot of touchdowns. And then having Jordan Reed coming off of the year he had last year, Niles coming off the year he had two years ago and I played a good amount of ball. And even the two guys we have, Mike [Cooper], the rookie, is doing a great job. Marcel [Jensen], he's been around the league for a long time, so to have a room with just this much talent is very unusual. Kind of cool and very challenging, and very competitive."
Before going down with the season-ending injury last season, Paulsen totaled 79 receptions for 801 yards and six touchdowns with Washington after joining the team as a college free agent signing in 2010.
But for the first time in his NFL career, 2015 was spent from afar as the Redskins pieced together an NFC East-winning campaign.
"Yeah, it was tough," Paulsen said. "Your identity is so closely tied to what you do and kind of becomes who you are in a lot of ways. When you don't have that you kind of lose yourself and kind of have to find some different things to invest in, different ways to use my time and different ways to get better as a football player and as a human being. It was nice to have that learning experience."
While Paulsen is focused on making the 53-man roster come September, he believes regardless of his own roster standing, the team has a strong offense in place that will be guided by a confident Kirk Cousins.
"He's showing so much leadership already," Paulsen said. "Obviously having Sean [McVay] back keeping the offense's continuity is great for Kirk, great for the offense, and having Wes [Phillips] back is great for me personally, I love that guy and I think he is a great coach."