Paulsen has only five receptions for 98 yards this season, but he made a nice catch against the New York Giants in Week 7. He showed the ability to find soft spots in zone coverage, and he displayed the knack of getting open when Robert Griffin III is on the move.
Since that is a fairly common occurrence, Paulsen could be in line to see his production rise a bit.
Chris Cooley has returned to the Redskins, per Mark Maske of the Washington Post. Cooley is the franchise leader in receptions at the tight end position. His ability to catch ball up the seams of the defense best resembles Davis' skill set.
He certainly has the most run after the catch potential as well. It may take a week or two before Cooley steps in to play the majority of the snaps, but ultimately he seems like the best option.
I also wouldn't discount seeing both Paulsen and Cooley on the field together. The team ran a few sets against the Giants with Niles Paul and Paulsen in max protection.
Any way you look at it, Paulsen, Cooley and—to a certain extent, Paul—could see a climb in their production. Until Mike Shanahan shows reveals part of his plan against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 8, we won't know for sure who stands to benefit the most.
Logically, Paulsen starts with Cooley and Paul playing a few snaps at first. As Cooley gets in better game shape, I fully expect him to become the man at tight end for the Redskins.
If you have an ineffective player to dump, or an injured tight end like Davis, Paulsen or Cooley would be smart pickups.
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