TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers
|6-5, 255||Born: 3-11-1985||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 31|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Olsen will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken foot.
General News (Tue Sep 19): was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 19, after having surgery on his broken foot Monday, Sept. 18. Specifically, Olsen broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot and had a screw inserted to repair the fracture, according to Carolina's head athletic trainer.
General News (Mon Sep 18): suffered a broken foot during the team's Week 2 game. He had surgery and will miss 6-8 weeks.
Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints
FBG says: Great matchup. Following offseason shoulder surgery, Cam Newton isn't quite himself right now. His numbers are generally in line with the rest of his career, but he's simply not throwing the ball well despite an overhaul of supporting talent. Newton has never been a particularly accurate passer, but he's missed on numerous key throws thus far, including badly missing would-be touchdowns in back-to-back weeks. The bad news grew far worse on Monday, when Greg Olsen was diagnosed with a broken foot that will sideline him for at least six to eight weeks. Considering the shaky state of the Panthers' offensive line - he was sacked six times in Week 2 - we're seeing a bit of a perfect storm working against his fantasy value. Expect to see further reliance upon Benjamin for contested catches, as well as expanded usage for rookie back Christian McCaffrey out of the backfield. There's plenty of dynamism there to be had, especially against the Saints' barely-there defense, but Newton simply doesn't look healthy and confident enough to snatch it right now. At least he has history on his side. Over his 4 meetings with the Saints under defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, Newton has averaged 290.0 yards and 2.5 touchdowns through the air, with 29.8 standard fantasy points. Cam Newton is struggling, but there's little better medicine in the NFL than a date with the Saints "defense." The unit is predictably shallow and weak down the field, ceding deep balls and wide-open intermediate completions everywhere. Through 2 games, they've surrendered the most yards (388.5 per game) and net yards (10.5 per attempt) in the league, as well as the second-most touchdowns (6). Simply put, there's nothing about this matchup not to like. Their poor deep-ball defense projects especially poorly against Newton's powerful downfield arm - thus far, opponents have completed an eye-popping 13 of 15 deep balls against them. Newton is no guarantee to scorch them, especially in his current state. But there's no better time for him to get on track.
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
The injury the Panthers could ill afford to sustain happened in the second quarter, with stalwart tight end Greg Olsen suffering a broken foot. It appeared innocuous at first, Olsen running a route in the red zone before feeling something in his foot and hobbling to the sideline. Prior to the injury, Olsen had been a steady part of the passing attack. Cam Newton misread a coverage at one point that left Olsen running free down the seam. When Olsen left the game, Ed Dickson came in for a like-for-like swap.
2017 Week 1 vs SF (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
On a day dominated by a Panthers front seven that kept the feisty 49ers at arm's length, the offense stayed conservative. Opportunities for Cam Newton's favorite target of the past few seasons, Greg Olsen, were few and far between. The passing game sputtered in the early stages as Newton got his feet under him. Olsen found some room to roam on a seam pattern in the second half and earned a personal foul for an illegal hit on a defenceless player. When he wasn't engaged with defensive players at the line of scrimmage as a blocker, Olsen remained a consistent part of the passing attack; he just didn't get many looks. Late on, he made a nice grab in traffic to set up a red zone opportunity, absorbing a sandwich hit from two 49ers.
Latest NewsPanthers | Greg Olsen goes to IR (Tue Sep 19, 02:33 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Sept. 19, after having surgery on his broken foot Monday, Sept. 18. Specifically, Olsen broke the fifth metatarsal on his right foot and had a screw inserted to repair the fracture, according to Carolina's head athletic trainer. Our View: We could see Olsen as one of the team's 'designated to return' players. Olsen can start practicing again in six weeks and he can return to game action in eight weeks. While Olsen is out, Ed Dickson takes over as the lead tight end for the Panthers...but we're not rushing out to add him to our fantasy lineups. Dickson is a low-end TE2 at best.
link to story Panthers | Greg Olsen had surgery Monday (Mon Sep 18, 11:50 AM) - Updating an earlier report, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) had surgery Monday, Sept. 18, and the surgery was a routine procedure. The team is still evaluating whether Olsen will go on the Reserve/Injured list. Our View: Olsen is set to miss 6-8 weeks with this foot injury. While he's out, the Panthers will turn to Ed Dickson as their top tight end. Dickson isn't a great option to add via the waiver wire, so look elsewhere if you need help at the position.
link to story Panthers | Greg Olsen to have surgery (Mon Sep 18, 11:49 AM) - Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) will undergo surgery on his broken right foot and miss six to eight weeks. Our View: The team will decide after surgery whether he'll be placed on the Reserve/Injured list designated to return. Hopefully you have an IR spot or two in your fantasy league as Olsen could/should return at some point later in the year.
link to story Panthers | Greg Olsen likely out six games (Mon Sep 18, 08:32 AM) - Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) figures to miss six games and could go on the Reserve/Injured list designated to return. It's not a season-ending injury. Our View: Olsen will return to the field later this year. That makes him someone fantasy owners want to hold on to if you have an IR spot in your league. Ed Dickson takes over while Olsen is out, but we're not thrilled by his fantasy prospects.
link to story Panthers | Greg Olsen breaks foot (Sun Sep 17, 04:45 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said he suffered a broken foot during the team's Week 2 game. Our View: This is a big loss for Cam Newton and the Panthers offense. Devin Funchess will get more opportunities in the passing game. Ed Dickson is Olsen's backup, but the team signed Bucky Hodges to the practice squad this week, and he's basically a big wide receiver playing tight end.
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