Originally signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2010 draft, Logan Paulsen has served as the No. 2 tight end over the past two seasons. In 2012, after then-starter Fred Davis went down with an injury, Paulsen stepped in with 25 grabs and 308 yards. Then, last season, Paulsen hauled in 28 catches for 267 yards and three touchdowns.
At 6'5", 264 pounds, Paulsen has the size you look for in a tight end, and he has has shown hands by coming up with big grabs in even bigger spots over the past couple of seasons. Although he may not be the most consistent of hand-catchers, Paulsen is a nice safety valve for the quarterback in short and intermediate situations.
According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Paulsen graded dead last on the Redskins' roster last season in terms of run blocking. And when it came to pass protection, he wasn't much better, finishing second to only right guard Chris Chester as the team's worst. So yes, maybe some room for improvement in that department, but Paulsen is here as the best blocking tight end currently on the team.
Paulsen is the favorite to retain his backup role, but he could face more competition from Niles Paul this offseason with a pass-happy coach now in charge.
Again, it's not that Paulsen can't provide a large target and able hands, but Paul can give you catches as well, in addition to better speed and elusiveness after the catch.