|Ht / Wt:||6'5" / 264 lb.|
|Born:||February 26, 1987|
|Drafted:||2010 / UDFA|
Paulsen is signing with Washington, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It's a good spot for Paulsen to compete for playing time, considering Washington is losing Jordan Reed (free agent) and Vernon Davis (retirement) this offseason. The team still needs more help at tight end, considering Paulsen didn't play any NFL games last season and has never gone over 308 yards in a campaign. That 308-yard season actually occurred back in 2012 for Washington.
Paulsen (coach's decision) won't play in Monday's season opener against the Saints, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Listed as the No. 4 option, Paulsen seemingly only provides depth to Houston's tight end unit. With Darren Fells, Jordan Akins and Jerell Adams all healthy and active for Monday, Houston will let Paulsen sit on the sideline.
The Texans will sign Paulsen, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Paulsen will give the Texans some added tight end depth, and his signing figures to foreshadow an IR move or two. The 32-year-old is a strong blocker, but it's been a while since he's been on the fantasy radar due to his pass-catching skills.
Paulsen was released by the Falcons on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Paulsen is the definition of a reliable veteran tight end, but found himself the odd man out in Atlanta with Austin Hooper and Luke Stocker already holding down the fort. The 32-year-old should face little difficulty finding a role with a needy team elsewhere in the league.
Paulsen re-signed Saturday with the Falcons on a one-year deal.
Analysis: It's a bit odd to see the Falcons bring back Paulsen given the team recently signed former Titans tight end Luke Stocker who profiles similarly as a blocking-first option. Still, the veteran tight end was reliable in his first stint in Atlanta, playing in 362 offensive snaps across 15 games. The nature of both Paulsen and Stocker's contract would suggest that should one outplay the other during training camp, the Falcons could opt to cut ties prematurely.
Paulsen recorded a 19-yard reception during Sunday's 34-32 win against the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Paulsen fought through knee and ankle injuries that kept him limited in Wednesday's practice, snapping a three-game catchless streak with his 19-yard reception against the Buccaneers putrid pass defense Sunday. The 31-year-old tight end doesn't offer much by way of receiving production with just 12 receptions for 106 yards over his past 31 appearances, but he offers proficient run-blocking abilities for a unit that needs all the help it can get in that category after finishing as the sixth-worst rush offense in 2018 (98.3 yards per game). With his contract expiring over the offseason, it remains to be seen if Paulsen will be back in Atlanta for a second campaign with the Dirty Birds.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Paulsen began the week as a limited practice participant from the knee and ankle issues that have plagued him for most of December. Assuming the 31-year-old avoids a setback Friday, he should be good to go for Sunday's season finale at Tampa Bay.
Paulsen (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Paulsen's status remains largely up in the air at the moment. Perhaps more clarity will surface as Sunday inches closer but for now things are a bit murky. Look for Eric Saubert to slide into the No. 2 tight end spot if Paulsen can't give it a go.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Paulsen was limited in practice all week, but appears on track to play through his lingering knee and ankle issues Week 16. Expect the depth tight end to see most of his offensive usage as a blocker, as per usual.
Paulsen (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Paulsen was able to play through his lingering knee issue against the Cardinals in Week 15, and continues to progress in his recovery. If the depth tight end is able to suit up against the Panthers on Sunday, he'll likely be used primarily as a blocker.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation going into Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Paulsen was a limited participant in practice each day this week. The UCLA product missed his first game of the season last week against the Packers. On the season, Paulsen has eight receptions for 72 yards and one touchdown.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) was limited during Thursday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coming off two missed practice and his first inactive stint of the year last week against the Packers, Paulsen logged limited showings Wednesday and Thursday of this week and retains a chance to play against Arizona on Sunday. If the veteran tight end is unable to go, it will be second-year man Eric Saubert who sees an uptick in playing time against a Cardinals defense that's tied for the fourth-fewest tight end touchdowns allowed this year with three.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Analysis: Paulsen suffered knee and ankle injuries during last week's loss to the Ravens, and will remain sidelined during Sunday's tilt against the Chargers. Second-year tight end Eric Saubert is expected to see an uptick in offensive snaps in Paulsen's absence.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) did not participate in Thursday's practice session, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The veteran blocking tight end has logged consecutive missed practices after being removed midway with knee and ankle injuries during through the second quarter of Sunday's loss to Baltimore. With his status for a Week 14 tilt against the Packers remaining very much in doubt, 2017 fifth-round draft choice Eric Saubert is primed to see an increase in his season-long offensive snap count percentage of 11.3.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Paulsen exited Sunday's loss to the Ravens due to knee and ankle injuries, and continues to manage his recovery. It remains to be seen whether the depth tight end will get healthy in time to suit up against the Packers in Week 14. If Paulsen is unable to go, Eric Saubert will benefit from a slight increase in offensive usage.
Paulsen is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Ravens due to a knee injury, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.
Analysis: Paulsen exited Sunday's tilt against the Ravens midway through the second quarter. If the veteran tight end is unable to return Week 13, Eric Saubert could benefit from a slight uptick in snaps.
Paulsen caught both of his targets, logging 19 receiving yards during a 22-19 loss to Dallas on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran tight end made an impressive play in the third quarter, catching a pass short left from Matt Ryan, breaking a tackle and waltzing 13 yards for a first down. Paulsen now has four catches over the past two outings, his most in consecutive games since Week 5 of the 2014 season. Next comes a Thanksgiving night contest against New Orleans, with the team's playoff hopes in dire straits. Paulsen himself has a challenging matchup, facing a Saints defense that entered the weekend allowing just 361 receiving yards o tight ends in 2018 (fifth-fewest in the NFL).
Paulsen hauled in both of his targets, picking up 13 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Paulsen recorded his fourth and fifth receptions of the year against a Browns defense that's allowed an NFL-high 64 completions to tight ends thus far in 2018. His value comes primarily as a run blocker, however, and that's an area where Atlanta will strive to improve as we enter the stretch run of the regular season (89.8 rushing yards per game, third-worst in the NFL). He may be the benefactor of one or two targets against Dallas on Sunday, but his primary responsibility will be to try and open up holes for Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith going up against the Cowboys' top 10 rush defense.
Paulsen hauled in a 17-yard touchdown pass on his lone target during a 37-36 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.
Analysis: The 31-year-old tight end has become a situational weapon for the high-flying Falcons' passing attack, as he has now recorded a reception in three consecutive games for the first time since October of 2014. If Matt Ryan continues to air it out 35-plus times a game (as he has in three of four outings this year), Paulsen is liable to get one or two red-zone looks per game. Atlanta's upcoming opponent presents a positive outlook for tight ends Paulsen and Austin Hooper, facing a Pittsburgh defense that allowed the second-most PPR points to the position entering Week 4.
Paulsen hauled in his only target, picking up 11 yards during a 43-37 loss to New Orleans on Sunday.
Analysis: Paulsen's 11-yard reception in Sunday's game was his longest gain since he was a member of the Washington Redskins in 2014. Despite going up against a Bengals' defense in Week 4 that allows the fourth-most fantasy points to tight ends in standard scoring, Paulsen is a long shot to get into the end zone with zero snaps in the red zone through three games.
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