Paulsen hauled in both of his targets, picking up 13 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-16 loss to Cleveland.
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 during Sunday's 37-36 defeat to Cincinnati.
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 per contest (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.
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.
Paulsen hauled in his lone target for a 10-yard gain as Atlanta defeated Carolina 31-24 on Sunday.
The 31-year-old tight end has almost exclusively contributed as a run blocker throughout his career, eclipsing 20 targets just twice across eight professional seasons. This week's matchup against New Orleans doesn't provide reason for optimism, as the Saints surrendered the fewest number of tight end receptions in the NFL last season with 43.
Paulsen is an overwhelming favorite to be the team's No. 2 option at tight end this season, with extensive experience in Kyle Shanahan-directed offenses. Although there are some new wrinkles to the offense with Steve Sarkisian now at the helm, the unit's overall approach has not been drastically altered from the Shanahan era of two years ago. Paulsen played under Shanahan in Washington between 2010 and 2013, and again reunited with the offensive guru last season in San Francisco. The seven-year veteran is a non-threat through the air, with 82 receptions in 105 games and fewer than 850 receiving yards for his career, but what he does offer is solid run blocking. Paulsen has helped pave the way for four 1,000-yard rushers over his past five healthy seasons with the Redskins, Bears and 49ers (the only exception being Carlos Hyde's 2017 campaign, in which he compiled 938 yards on the ground).
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