But now that Cooley is sidelined indefinitely, the 6-foot-5, 268-pound Paulsen gets his opportunity.
“More playing time and more opportunity to show what I can do,” said Paulsen, who has been used primarily as a blocking tight end and on special teams. “Unfortunately, Chris is hurt. But I have to step in and fill his shoes. I’m very excited.”
Paulsen said he didn’t yet know exactly how much responsibility he would be given in the gameplan, but was just happy to receive more playing time.
“This is what you play the game for. You want to be on the field, you want to compete,” Paulsen said.