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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 Oct 13): Olsen was a little banged up for the game against the Bengals, but he still scored and otherwise proved his worth as a strong weekly TE1 option on the rise because his quarterback is starting to play his best football of the season so far.

General News (Fri Oct 17): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Oct 16): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 15): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 7: at Green Bay Packers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Cam Newton was allowed to run the ball last week, and responded with a magnificent 17/107/1 - it was like an oasis in the deep desert for long-suffering Newton owners who kept wondering when he'd be allowed to play at the top of his abilities. Added to his 29/46 for 284 yards passing, two TDs and one interception throwing the football, Newton accounted for 391 yards of offense last week, with three TDs to his credit. Not too shabby, friends. Greg Olsen (11 targets for 6/62/1 receiving), Jerricho Cotchery (10 for 4/58/0), Kelvin Benjamin (eight for 7/49/1) and Jason Avant (seven for 5/47/0) led the Panthers in receiving during Week 6 - this offense is coming to life during October. The Packers' pass D is among the top five units in the NFL as of Week 7, averaging 213.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with seven passing scores given up vs. nine interceptions (second in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied with Carolina for 15th in the NFL) generated to date. Ryan Tannehill and company posted 20/31 for 237 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown last week (one sack for -7 yards taken). Two weeks ago, Christian Ponder was sacked six times for -34 yards, with zero TDs thrown and two interceptions given to the Packers (22/44 for 188 net yards passing). Newton and company have a tough matchup ahead of them in Lamabeau Field on Sunday.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs PIT 5 69 1 0
4 at BAL 2 30 0 0
5 vs CHI 6 72 2 0
6 at CIN 6 62 1 0
7 at GB 8 105 0 0
7 at GB PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
7 at GB PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
7 at GB PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

A minor blip for Greg Olsen in what has been a very solid season thus far, but the tight end isn't to blame for the Panthers' ineptitude on offense. With the weakness of the offense clearly the line, Olsen was asked to stay in and help in protection early on. Even as the game got out of hand, however, Olsen's short to intermediate patterns were mostly well covered by the Ravens' predominantly zone defenses. Olsen, like the rest of the skill players on offense, was a victim of the game script.

2014 Week 5 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 72 / 2 rec)

The keystone of the Carolina offense came up trumps against his old team, consistently finding room to roam over the middle of the field with subtle head fakes and veteran savvy. The leading receiver on the day and clearly Cam Newton's most trusted target, Olsen earned his keep in the red zone with a pair of scores. The Panthers often line up Olsen split out a yard from the offensive tackle on either side and have him take advantage of linebackers and safeties down the seam. Olsen read the coverage well on his first touchdown catch, subtly shoving the defender aside and extending his body to reel in a nicely zipped pass from Newton. Olsen continued to be a force all over the field and ate up chunks of yardage. He capped a terrific outing with a second touchdown reception. Lined up as an in-line tight end, Olsen had a free release off the snap and got in front of the Bears defender for what turned out to be an easy pitch and catch. Olsen personified the Panthers' effort in this comeback victory and bounced back strongly after his only quiet statistical game of the season last week.

2014 Week 6 vs CIN (11 / 6 / 62 / 1 rec)

Old reliable Greg Olsen hardly put a foot wrong despite coming into the game with a sore ankle, gliding around the field and finding open areas to exploit the Cincinnati defense. Operating in the intermediate range of the field, Olsen craftily found open zones and presented a big target to Newton despite clearly struggling at times with his ankle. Olsen tacked on a touchdown on a play that Carolina has run before to good effect, a backside tight end screen. Olsen intentionally got lost in the shuffle off a bootleg right, sneaking into the left flat and finishing for an easy touchdown catch.


Latest News

Panthers | Greg Olsen should play (Fri Oct 17, 02:16 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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Panthers | Greg Olsen practices in full (Thu Oct 16, 02:08 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Good news for Olsen owners as we have him as a top-5 tight end in fantasy this weekend which makes him a tremendous TE1.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen not on the field (Wed Oct 15, 01:54 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Our View: Keep an eye on this situation. Watch to see if Olsen can come back later in the week.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen questionable (Fri Oct 10, 02:51 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle) was limited in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is questionable for the the team's Week 6 game.

Our View: There have been no signs that Olsen's Week 6 status is in danger, but check back on Sunday morning before starting him just in case.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen sits (Thu Oct 9, 12:11 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle, foot) is not participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 9.

Our View: The team is hopeful that Olsen can get on the field Friday, but if not this could leave a huge hole in a lot of fantasy lineups (as well as the Panthers offense). We had Olsen as a top-5 tight end in fantasty this week, so it'll sting if he can't go Sunday.
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