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Paulsen Continues To Progress At Tight End


Logan Paulsen has had a solid training camp with the Redskins, impressing everyone with his physicality and pass-catching ability.

The second-year tight end still feels pressure to battle for his roster spot, though.

"I want to be a Redskin, and I'm going to do whatever coaches need me to do," Paulsen said. "If they want me to block, I'll block every play. If they want me to be strictly special teams guy or even play offensive line, I'll do it. I just want to be on the team and part of this organization."

Paulsen, 6-5 and 268 pounds, joined the Redskins as an undrafted rookie out of UCLA in 2010. He backed up Chris Cooley and Fred Davis in his rookie year.

Now Mike Sellers, the 11-year veteran fullback, is competing at tight end, giving Paulsen another teammate to learn from.

"All of those guys have just a plethora of football knowledge," Paulsen said. "They all have a different way of looking at the game, and everybody's perspective is valuable."

Last season, Paulsen played in 11 games and caught two passes – one a 1-yard touchdown in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay.

In preseason this year, Paulsen has had more reps with Cooley sidelined with knee soreness.

In the 16-7 preseason win against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 12, Paulsen caught one pass for a 12-yard gain on a fourth quarter drive that ended with a field goal.

Last Friday vs. Indianapolis, he had a 10-yard catch that helped the Redskins get in position for a field goal.

Paulsen is hoping to build on his rookie season after a solid training camp.

"I think my comfort level with the offense has improved," he said. "As a result, I've been able to play more confident and focus on other things besides learning the offense. I can work on my hand placement, my footwork and more fundamental-based stuff. I can just sharpen up my game."

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