Though Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen said the Jimmy Graham case is complicated, he seemed to agree with the NFL's position on the matter in a recent radio appearance with 106.7 The Fan.
Via CSNWashington.com, Paulsen told the radio station that the case for Graham as a receiver when it came to designating him with the franchise tag is fairly strong because of the yards, receptions and touchdowns he scored in 2013.
But ultimately, it appears Paulsen believes the NFL had a stronger argument for an arbitrator to rule that Graham is a tight end.
“I do understand the NFL’s argument against him," Paulsen said. "Because, like in practice, I’m sure he practices with the tight ends. I’m sure when he lines up, they position it so that they get the tight end position out at the receiver position. They don’t move him. They don’t change his [designation in the formation]. They don’t move him from ‘Y’ to ‘X’, for example, or ‘Y to ‘Z’. He stays at the ‘Y’ and they formation it differently to get him in those situations.”
Paulsen also said, "It’s difficult because you look at it and you say, ‘Oh, he’s lined up at receiver.' But I guarantee you he goes to tight end meetings. He goes with the tight ends during practice. And they might have him do some different stuff during practice, but there’s no doubt in my mind that they refer to him as a tight end."
Paulsen mentioned teammate Jordan Reed as an example, saying that while the Redskins' coaches line him up at different spots, that Reed attends tight end meetings and works out with the position group daily.
Paulsen sure does state a great argument that could make someone on the fence lean toward the NFL/Saints' side. And if Reed goes the same route Graham did when he's slated to be a free agent in 2017, perhaps the franchise and NFL don't remember Paulsen's comments locking him in as a tight end.
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