Paulsen re-signed Saturday with the Falcons on a one-year deal.
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's and Stocker's contracts 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.
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. The 31-year-old tight end doesn't offer much in the way of receiving production with just 12 receptions for 106 yards over his past 31 appearances, but he's a proficient run blocker 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 set to expire in the coming months, it remains to be seen if Paulsen will be back in Atlanta for the 2019 season.
Paulsen (knee/ankle) was a full practice participant Thursday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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.
Paulsen's status remains largely up in the air at the moment, but perhaps more clarity will surface as Sunday inches closer. 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.
Paulsen was limited in practice all week, but he 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.
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.
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.
Coming off two missed practices 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.
Paulsen suffered knee and ankle injuries during last week's loss to the Ravens, and he 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.
The veteran blocking tight end has logged consecutive missed practices after being pulled midway through the second quarter of Sunday's loss to Baltimore with knee and ankle injuries. As his status for a Week 14 tilt against the Packers remains 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.
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.
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.
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 Weeks 4 and 5 of the 2014 season. Next comes a Thanksgiving night showdown with New Orleans, as the Falcons' playoff hopes lay in dire straits. Paulsen himself has a challenging matchup, facing a Saints defense that entered the weekend allowing just 361 receiving yards to 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.
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 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 in a year 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 expected to fill in for the recently departed Levine Toilolo as a blocking tight end for the Falcons, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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).
Paulsen and the Falcons agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year contract, Will McFadden of the team's official website reports.
After parting ways with Levine Toilolo earlier this offseason, the Falcons found themselves in need of a blocking tight end. Paulsen has never been a prolific receiving threat in his seven-year career -- he recorded a career-high 28 catches for Washington in 2013 -- but is capable in both pass protection and in opening holes for running backs. The 49ers utilized Paulsen almost exclusively as a blocker in 2017, with the 31-year-old drawing just two targets across 144 offensive snaps over 14 games.
Paulsen played in 14 games for the 49ers but did not record a reception despite logging 147 offensive snaps.
The veteran tight end is known for his blocking prowess, and that is exactly how head coach Kyle Shanahan deployed his third tight end for the majority of the year. He was cut and re-sign a couple of times, but that's just the nature of how one of the last men on the 53-man roster gets treated in the NFL. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but his previous history with Shanahan back in Washington could see the blocking tight end re-signed for a similar, non-fantasy relevant role.
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