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Week 1 vs. DET
Receiving: 4 / 37 / 0 on 6 targets
Olsen's fantasy value was slightly better than useless this summer, so his performance in this game was quite a surprise. Despite the obvious 'Mike Martz doesn't use a TE' philosophy, Olsen still saw reasonable action in the short and medium passing game. The biggest threat to his production though is the poor play of the offensive line. Olsen frequently stayed in to help pass protect for Cutler, and a couple of his receptions were 'block and release' type plays where Olsen would hold the defender for a second, then release into the flat for the short dump off and break it for a medium gain. He's not the big-play threat that he has been in previous seasons and unless the Bears can better pass protect, he's not going to be a big fantasy threat. The Bears were not in the red zone much, but when they had first and goal from the half-yard line, the ran the ball three times for no gain. Olsen may emerge as a red-zone threat if this continues, but for now, his fantasy value remains minimal.
Week 2 vs. DAL
Receiving: 1 / 39 / 1 on 1 targets
Olsen had only one catch against the Cowboys. On the play, Olsen lined up on the left side of the line of scrimmage and offered only a chip against a rushing defender before hauling in a quick 5 yard pass from Jay Cutler. Olsen turned upfield and split the defense on his way to a 39 yard touchdown. Otherwise, Olsen was utilized primarily as a pass blocker to keep Jay Cutler upright. Short routes that had previously gone to Olsen appeared to belong to Earl Bennett on Sunday.
Week 3 vs. GB
Receiving: 5 / 64 / 1 on 6 targets
For a guy that was never supposed to be a part of Martz offense he sure looked good last night. Olsen was working the middle of the field and many times the packers were trying to cover him with a LB and that is always going to favor Olsen. He had a great touchdown catch on a short pass near the goal line where he slid under the defender and has the presence of mind to continue rolling into the end zone. Olsen sliced thru the middle of the defense and after Johnny Knox he looks like the most reliable receiver on the roster. A case could be made that he is the most reliable set of hands right now. Olsen looks like he has matured this season and is starting to come into his own. Chicago could just line him up as a WR and let him work the field. A great night for Olsen and his owners.
Week 4 vs. NYG
Receiving: 5 / 39 / 0 on 8 targets
Olsen was the favorite receiver of the anemic Bears passing game. His longest reception came on a 19 yard back shoulder throw from Collins. Miscommunication between him and Cutler caused the Bears first interception. He was also the target on the Bears second interception but was badly missed by Todd Collins.
Week 5 vs. CAR
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 2 targets
Greg Olsen was asked to block for most of the game as a consequence of the Bears lining up in two tight end sets and running the ball much more than they passed. This game was definitely an exception to the rule, as Collins' turned the Bears passing attack into something of a wasteland for receivers.
Week 6 vs. SEA
Receiving: 0 / 0 / 0 on 4 targets
Olsen really looked invisible in this game and had very few
targets. He had some success early in the season for the Bears, but
perhaps Mike Martz really does not appreciate Tight ends as he just
got very few passes thrown his way and was not on the field very much
Week 7 vs. WAS
Receiving: 3 / 43 / 0 on 4 targets
Olsen continues to be an afterthought in the Mike Martz offense despite being productive most every time the ball comes his way. Olsen's numbers are suffering for two reasons. First, Martz likes his quarterbacks to get rid of the ball in a hurry, which doesn't allow the tight end to get off the line of scrimmage and in to a route in time. Second, quarterback Jay Cutler tends to favor throwing to receivers outside the hashmarks, an area where Olsen rarely goes. Regardless, after two games where he logged zero receptions, Olsen bounced back and was actually targeted on two successive plays deep down field. He converted the second target for a 23 yard gain and a first down. On the play, Olsen released from the line of scrimmage and ran down the seam before catching a well-placed ball on the run. Not surprisingly, it seems Olsen catches a pass like this most every week, making it a little surprising that the Bears don't utilize this route --- and Greg Olsen --- more often.
Week 9 vs. BUF
Receiving: 3 / 29 / 1 on 8 targets
Despite leading the team in targets on Sunday with eight, Olsen only pulled in three of them for 29 yards and a touchdown (his first since Week 3 against Green Bay). Most of the 29 yards came on a 19-yard pass over the middle that Olsen took to the Bills' 5-yard line and actually set up the game-winning touchdown (and successive two-point conversion). The Bears had actually been running variations of the play all game (tight end and slot receiver slants and in-routes towards the middle of the field) --- even accounting for some of Olsen's unconverted targets -- but managed to successfully run it to perfection when it counted.
Week 10 vs. MIN
Receiving: 3 / 31 / 1 on 5 targets
Olsen had an amazing two play sequence in this game. Olsen initially scored on a touchdown screen pass play that was called back for holding. He then scored again on a highly contested pass over the middle between 3 Viking defenders, as Cutler displayed his high level of confidence in OIsen to come down with the ball. Though Martz is thought to dislike TE's in his offense, Olsen has the skill set of a slot receiver and Martz could decide to use him in this way more often.
Week 11 vs. MIA
Receiving: 4 / 40 / 0 on 6 targets
Looked great and did some real damage in the 2nd half. He had a terrific route where he ran about 10-15 yards up the middle and cut it sharp to the right and caught a big pass from Cutler and then managed to turn it up field and pick up more yards. Olsen looked great and was run blocking well too. The game plan limited his upside because Chicago wanted to pound the ball once they got the lead.
Week 12 vs. PHI
Receiving: 1 / 9 / 1 on 1 targets
Greg Olsen had just one pass thrown in his direction in Week 12 but he made the most of it, leaping over Eagles CB Dimitri Patterson at the back of the end zone to score a nine-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
Week 13 vs. DET
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 1 targets
Olsen is used far too much in the blocking game to have real fantasy value. The Lions Dline was coming hard all game long, and Olsen had to be the 6th O-lineman, which severely limits his value. Look for him to contribute more in weeks in which Cutler isn't running for his life on every play
Week 15 vs. MIN
Receiving: 4 / 28 / 0 on 4 targets
Quiet night for the most part. Last night was about the wide receivers for Chicago. He did have a red zone target in the 2nd half but was not able to come down with the football in the back of the end zone or his stats would have been a little bigger.
Week 16 vs. NYJ
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 0 on 3 targets
Olsen contributed very little on the day other than a very nice one handed catch as he ran out of bounds. Cutler was scrambling and dumping the ball off. The ball was a bit low and away from Olsen but he made a nice grab and did a very good job of keeping his feet in as he went out of bounds. He also had a ball bounce out of his hands and into the arms of wide receiver Johnny Knox for a first down.
Week 19 vs. SEA
Receiving: 3 / 113 / 1 on 9 targets
Greg Olsen started off this game with a bang as he beat SS Lawyer Milloy for a 58 yard touchdown down the seam. Milloy never got out of his backpedal and did not transition to keep up with Olsen. The former University of Miami tight end then took a simple pass to the flat for 33 yards. Olsen showed off his considerable talent in the early stages of this game but he wasn't needed as the game progressed and the Bears took firm control.
Week 20 vs. GB
Receiving: 3 / 30 / 0 on 5 targets
Olsen was barely heard from until Caleb Hanie took the field, unless you count his excellent play to break up what should have been a Cutler interception. Once Hanie entered the game, Olsen was productive, including a key third-down key to jumpstart the game's final drive for the Bears.