While at the University of Oregon, David Paulson played in 41 career games, recording 67 receptions for 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns. Paulson was named All-Pac-12 second team (Pac-12 coaches, Phil Steele) and Capital One academic all-district 8 and Pac-12 all-academic first team selection in 2011. In 2010, Paulson was an honorable mention All-America selection by SI.com, First-team all-Pac-10 according to the conference coaches and Scout.com, and a second-team choice by Phil Steele. Also Pac-10 all-Academic first team. One of just four conference players to be named first-team all-Pac-10 and all-Academic.
Since being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2012, Paulson has seen a lot of playing time. Paulson seen action in all 16 games at TE and on special teams, and made five starts, totaling seven receptions for 51 yards during his rookie season.
Paulson’s role will be dramatically increased in 2013 due to the injuries at tight end and the outstanding training camp and preseason he had. Paulson was one of the true bright spots on the team all of preseason recording 8 receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown.
With Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth down for at least a few more weeks expected, the Steelers are expected to roll with Paulson and David Johnson. Paulson is not the polished blocker that Johnson may be, but his ability to get down field can be dangerous. The 6’4″ 246 pound tight end causes a miss match against linebackers.
With Heath down, he did a lot of big things for us last year. So as a team we are going to have to step up until he gets back,” said Paulson in a post game interview after the Panthers game.
When Paulson was asked about his mid-range plays where he has helped the team a lot, he says he hopes it will progress into the regular season. During the preseason, Paulson averaged roughly 10 yards a reception.
“He catches everything,” Steelers inside linebacker Larry Foote told Jim Wexell during training camp. “Even when he’s covered, he’s still going to catch it.”
Now that preseason is over, we are awaiting the 53-man roster the Steelers are expected to release this afternoon. Expect a bigger role for Paulson. Even though he may not be everything Heath Miller is, he can still be a contribution to the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers.