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TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 255Born: 3-11-1985College: MiamiDrafted: Round 1, pick 31

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Cam Newton returned, and he spread the ball around, but Olsen was still a TE1. Against the Steelers this week, he could be even more.

General News (Fri Sep 19): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Sep 18): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Sep 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 3: vs Pittsburgh Steelers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Cam Newton sliced up the Lions' secondary for 22/34 yielding 281 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, but did take an uncomfortable five sacks for -30 yards during the contest. Greg Olsen (eight targets for 7/72/0 receiving) and Kelvin Benjamin (eight for 2/46/0) were the most heavily targeted Panthers, but Benjamin had some issues with drops/lapses of concentration in the game. Jason Avant (seven for 5/54/1) and Jerricho Cotchery (4/46/0) provided steady hands and a diet of first downs to Newton. These four make up a surprisingly effective receiving stable entering the third week of regular season. Pittsburgh gave up 19/31 for 230 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions to Brian Hoyer and the Browns last week (Hoyer was sacked three times for -24 yards). The Steelers' defense was ranked ninth in the NFL last year, averaging 222 net yards passing allowed per game. So far this year, they average 186 yards allowed per game (seventh in the NFL), but have zero interceptions generated vs. three TDs allowed. Pittsburgh's rush D is so weak right now that teams are preferring to run on them (Baltimore tried 36 rushes last week vs. 29 passes attempted). Newton may not need to throw the ball that much against the soft Steelers' D, but he may be able to do some good things with his legs this week - on balance, this looks like a neutral matchup for the 2-0 Panthers.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at TB 8 83 1 0
2 vs DET 6 72 0 0
3 vs PIT PROJ-Dodds 6 * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Tremblay 6 * * *
3 vs PIT PROJ-Bloom 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs TB (11 / 8 / 83 / 1 rec)

Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith drafted Greg Olsen in the first round during his reign in Chicago - and his former player was instrumental in the Panthers' raid on Tampa for a precious road victory. With quarterback Derek Anderson running the offense true to its conception, Olsen was often his first read, operating with equal effectiveness in the short, intermediate and deep ranges of the field. As an in-line tight end, the Panthers took advantage of the Bucs' aggressive linebackers off play action as Olsen sneaked in behind them for chunks of yardage. The Panthers' first touchdown followed this script as the Bucs' linebackers bit hard on a well-executed play fake by Anderson to full back Mike Tolbert. Olsen slow played it, and then burst between the Bucs' defensive backfield for an easy pitch and catch in the back of the end zone. Olsen provided a clutch element that the backup quarterback Anderson needed to settle him down. Indeed, the pairing could have hooked up for another touchdown in the second half. Anderson located Olsen streaking down the seam against Tampa-2 coverage, seeing the middle linebacker Mason Foster did not have enough depth. Anderson floated a pass to Olsen but put a little bit too much on it for the tight end to haul in. Olsen was a safe target throughout and should retain a key role in this offense.

2014 Week 2 vs DET (8 / 6 / 72 / 0 rec)

For the second week running, veteran tight end Greg Olsen proved to be the engine of the Panthers offense. After some early struggles as quarterback Cam Newton shook off the rust, Olsen began to exert his will in the short to intermediate zones, hooking up with his quarterback for some confidence-building pitch and catch plays. Olsen continued to get open with subtle head fakes and crisp breaks, outfoxing Lions defenders. The sure-handed Olsen led the team in receptions and could have added gloss to his solid performance with a touchdown, only for defensive holding to be called on his lone red zone target. When Newton needed a play to kickstart the offense, Olsen was the target; he is a crucial cog in the Panthers" close-to-the-vest style of attack.


Latest News

Panthers | Greg Olsen listed as probable (Fri Sep 19, 02:38 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (calf) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is listed as probable for Week 3.

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Panthers | Greg Olsen a full go (Thu Sep 18, 04:46 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (calf) practiced in full Thursday, Sept. 18.

Our View: With Newton back, his more reliable target in the passing game is Olsen. He's a low-end TE1 each week.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen limited (Wed Sep 17, 06:48 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (calf) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

Panthers | Greg Olsen will play (Fri Sep 12, 01:45 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (non-injury) fully practiced Friday, Sept. 12, and is probable for Week 2.

Our View: Olsen was fantastic in the short passing game at Tampa, and he should be a high volume target again this week as a solid TE1 play.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen exits practice (Thu Sep 11, 01:01 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (undisclosed) left the team's practice before it began Thursday, Sept. 11. Olsen was seen hurrying back into the stadium.

Our View: Olsen had a solid game against Tampa Bay in Week 1. If he plays, we have him as one of the top TE1 in fantasy this week.
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