The first two NFL starts of Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen’s career (both this year) came with an asterisk – he wasn’t the only tight end on the field.
But against New England last week, it was Paulsen and Paulsen only who was on the field for the first snap, joining Roy Helu, Darrel Young, Jabar Gaffney and Santana Moss as the starting skill players.
Paulsen played a career-high 43 snaps but did not have a catch. Entering the game, he averaged 14.1 snaps while playing the role of under-understudy to Chris Cooley and then under-study to Fred Davis.
“I think it went alright, pretty good,” Paulsen said. “Obviously, there are things you can improve on in every facet. I’ll keep that in mind this week and try to get better.”
The down was a goal-line false start penalty, the ups a few good blocks in the run game.
Paulsen said tight ends coach Sean McVay doesn’t necessarily assign a plus or minus to each play as a way to judge a performance.
“He just talks through each play,” Paulsen said.
Because of the game plan and lack of healthy tight ends, the Redskins rarely used two tight ends.
The first 12 games, the Redskins top two tight ends in playing time combined for an average of 87.3 snaps per game; that number was 48 against the Patriots.
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