WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Logan Paulsen delivered an impassioned rallying cry for his teammates, in an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes and Grant Paulsen Tuesday, stating it’s time for the Redskins to “be accountable to each other and accountable to this team, and say ‘What can I do to get better?’”
The Redskins’ tight end was incredibly forthcoming, answering any and all questions directed at him with poise and candor.
First, let’s address the issue of Fred Davis, who despite being deactivated for three of Washington’s seven games this season, was not traded before the NFL’s 4 p.m. deadline.
When asked if he was surprised the team elected not to deal Davis, Paulsen responded, “I mean not really.”
“I think Fred’s been a big part of this team for a long time,” Paulsen said. “And he’s obviously a great football player and someone who can contribute to this team, and I think the coaches feel that way, and obviously they weren’t gonna just give him away, and I’m happy that he’s still a member of the team and I’m gonna be able to play with him some more, and I think a lot of guys feel the same way.”
On the Redskins’ maintaining a level of confidence similar to that of the team that rattled off seven straight wins last year, despite being just 2-5 in 2013:
“Well I think, at least for me, I can only speak for myself, I think a big reason that I feel that way is because, of the group of guys that we have in the locker room, we know that we’re doing this to ourselves. Like a lot of this is self-imposed injury, and while that’s really unfortunate, it’s all correctable. And so once we get that stuff corrected, and I know like it is a struggle to get it corrected in some instances, but once we get it corrected we are the same team, and if anything we’re better. We’ve had more exposure to the offense, and we’ve had a year or two together depending on how long the guys have been here, so I really am an adamant believer that once we fix ourselves, that the season and the games and the wins will start taking care of itself.”
So the confidence still seems to be there?
“Well yea, for me personally, absolutely, and I think a lot of guys feel the same way. I think everyone really believes in what Robert’s doing, and the kind of person, the kind of character that he has. He’s not playing his best football, but I think football is a constant team game, and so we have to be able to support him and he has to be able to support us, and we have to be able to support coach, so I think it’s gonna take a collective effort on everybody’s part to just elevate the play, and elevate the coaching and everything over the last half of the season and say ‘we want to be better, and this is what we want to be, and this is what we have to do to get there.’”
What can Jordan Reed’s early success be attributed to?
“Oh man, so many things have contributed to his success. I mean not only is he a fantastic athlete, but he’s an extremely intelligent football player. I think, you know, he played quarterback in college, so his ability to digest the offense and handle what the coaches have asked him to do has been outstanding. And you know, a lot of times rookies are a little tentative and a little unsure, but that uncertainty has been nonexistent for him because of his ability to kind of take the play and know what to do, and know the nuances of the play, and allow him to be successful with every opportunity. And I think you’ve seen that in the past two games, and I think the sky is the limit for him in terms of his athletic potential, he just needs to keep grinding, and obviously he’s doing that, putting the time on the field, and I really like the guy, and I’m excited to see him grow.”
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