TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers
|6-5, 255||Born: 3-11-1985||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2007|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Olsen left Week 13 with a concussion and could miss the matchup with Atlanta and beyond.
General News (Thu Dec 5): did not practice on Thursday.
General News (Wed Dec 4): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Mon Dec 2): suffered a concussion during last week's game and was unable to finish the contest.
Week 14: at Atlanta Falcons
FBG says: Good matchup. The talented Carolina receivers are truly blossoming before our eyes. D.J. Moore, in particular, has turned heads: over the past 9 weeks, he's produced the league's fourth-most catches (54) and yards (719). Speedy Curtis Samuel has been less productive as the clear-out deep threat, but still finds an opening or two a week to exploit. And Christian McCaffrey remains the league's most dangerous threat out of the backfield, routinely side-stepping and stiff-arming his way into splash plays. Unfortunately, they're still handcuffed to a degree by the play of quarterback Kyle Allen, who just doesn't look like an ideal NFL starter. Since his impressive Week 3 debut, Allen has produced just 6.5 yards per attempt and 244 a game despite hefty volume (37.8 attempts). Over that span he's devolved into a mess of misfires and gaffes, with 10 interceptions and 8 fumbles, and last week he nearly threw a back-breaking interception just one play before coughing up the game-sealing fumble. It's tantalizing to imagine what Moore, Samuel, McCaffrey, and the peripheral targets could do with stronger quarterbacking. For now, they're all high-floor guys on talent alone, but rarely do we see more than one erupt at a time. This attack now has big volume on its side, but very little efficiency. The Atlanta defense has made great strides against the run, but none of that success has spilled over into the pass-game unit. Only four teams have allowed more net yardage per attempt, and only six have given up more touchdowns. On Thanksgiving, Drew Brees would have easily been the eighth opposing passer to throw multiple scores against them, had he not had a pair of easy ones dropped. If nothing else, top cornerback Desmond Trufant has rebounded nicely from an awful start to the year. He's been in shutdown form over the past few weeks as the dominant force in stifling Michael Thomas (48 yards) and Mike Evans (50). Even so, D.J. Moore pieced together 95 yards on 8 catches when these teams faced off 3 weeks ago. There are still big holes across from Trufant, where Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield have been beaten frequently, and free safety Ricardo Allen has taken a big step backward here in 2019. This remains one of fantasy's most targetable matchups, and even Kyle Allen takes on a nice boost against it.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Greg Olsen's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen caught a couple of short passes to bail out his quarterback in the early stages but had to leave the game after taking a hit to his head courtesy of a Washington player's helmet. Olsen appeared to be temporarily unconscious after the hit, for which the Washington player was ejected. Olsen did not return to the game.
2019 Week 12 vs NO (7 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
Jarius Wright was rarely utilised in the passing progressions when he was on the field, making just one reception on a desperation check down on third down.
2019 Week 11 vs ATL (5 / 5 / 57 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen provided a safe pair of hands for Kyle Allen, who struggled mightily against Atlanta's pass rush. The veteran tight end continued to show good chemistry with Allen, connecting well on seam routes off play action, on which the two produced a pair of chunk plays. Olsen's output was limited, however, by the offense's inability to sustain drives.
2019 Week 10 vs GB (10 / 8 / 98 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen rolled back the years with a typically dependable display in the frigid conditions at Lambeau Field. The veteran tight end hoovered up passes from Kyle Allen, who was often keying in on Olsen running underneath patterns. The Packers defense afforded Olsen plenty of room to operate and at times he was able to get into space and run after the catch. His best series of plays came in the clutch; with Allen under pressure, Olsen was generally his preferred target. The veteran delivered with a tremendous leaping catch 'above the rim' on a crucial third down, clamping the football with his hands at its highest point. The Olsen-Allen connection had one miscommunication when Olsen, reading the zone coverage, sat down on a shallow crossing route. Allen, reading man, threw it the spot Olsen had just come from. The two connected again with Allen's best pass of the game in the final moments, a lofted ball that floated over the underneath coverage to a waiting Olsen on the sideline.
2019 Week 9 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was targeted on Kyle Allen's first pass, but he shouldn't have been. The Titans had excellent coverage and the pass should have been intercepted. The veteran tight end had no chance to make the play. A subsequent target was too low on third down, but Allen eventually connected with Olsen on a deep over route off play action. Olsen had a adjust to catch the ball, but it was a beautiful throw and catch. Olsen's best play came on a crossing pattern. After Allen escaped from the Tennessee rush, he fired a late pass to his tight end, who was able to casually make the catch as he was sprinting out of bounds.
2019 Week 8 vs SF (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen, much like the rest of the Carolina passing attack, was snuffed out as a receiving option. After a Luke Kuechly interception in the first quarter gave the offense the ball inside the 49ers half, Kyle Allen and Olsen linked up on a timing route off play action. Otherwise, Olsen's impact in the passing game only went as far as Allen's efficiency - in other words, not very. Olsen sprung Christian McCaffrey for big runs as a pulling lead blocker, however.
2019 Week 6 vs TB (7 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen turned back the clock with some contested catches and run-after-catch majesty against the Bucs. Linking up efficiently with Kyle Allen off play action, Olsen announced himself early with a diving catch on a deep out, majestically tracking the low pass. Later, Olsen made a tough contested catch with a defender in tight coverage; his body position was perfect, however, to box out the linebacker. As the game wore on, Olsen found more space to run after the catch on a shallow cross. A late end zone target that required an acrobatic adjustment in mid-air from Olsen fell incomplete, but he made a great effort at a one-handed grab.
2019 Week 5 vs JAX (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was the odd man out in the Carolina passing attack, but primarily by necessity. The Panthers had to shuffle their offensive line this week, with injuries to Greg Little and Trai Turner forcing rookie Dennis Daley into the starting left tackle position. Olsen was often lined up to Daley's side, helping in pass protection and running fewer pass patterns. Olsen was targeted a couple of times, but one fell harmlessly to the turf after a tip while the other was well covered by the Jacksonville defender.
2019 Week 4 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec)
The Texans had their eyes peeled on Greg Olsen throughout, with Kyle Allen's first target to the tight end broken up impressively by a roving defender. Olsen converted two key third-down plays, one of which came on a tight end throwback pass; the other saw the tight end leaking across the formation off a boot action by Allen. Otherwise, Olsen's role was limited to blocking as the game script allowed Carolina to run the ball often.
2019 Week 3 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 75 / 2 rec)
Greg Olsen was every bit the security blanket for inexperienced quarterback Kyle Allen, though the way they connected belied their lack of repetitions as a pairing. Olsen bullied the Cardinals' defenders with his route-running nous, routinely finding open spaces to exploit. Allen's first completion came on a pass to Olsen on a quick-hitting slant over the middle off play action. Olsen was targeted soon after that on a lofted throw to the end zone, but the tight end could only paw at it in the air. Olsen continued to be peppered with passes, but it was the red zone where he made a telling contribution, catching two touchdown passes from Allen. The first came on a straightforward rub route concept, with Olsen running into the left flat near the goal line while Jarius Wright ran the pick. The second saw Olsen beat the safety inside and run right to left along the back line of the end zone. Allen bought time wisely and threw a dart to Olsen, who had a yard of separation.
2019 Week 2 vs TB (9 / 6 / 110 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen rolled back the years and, in the process, gave Tampa Bay fits in an uneven offensive performance by Carolina. The veteran tight end's savvy route-running and chemistry with his quarterback were in play early, with the two connecting well on over routes across the field. Tampa's linebackers and safeties simply could not deal with Olsen on such patterns, and he would have caught even more passes if Cam Newton's accuracy issues had not cropped up. Olsen offered very little as an after-the-catch threat, unable to put a move on a defender in the open field at one point, but his ability to get open was impeccable. Olsen offered the most consistent chunk play threat for the offense as route combinations involving speedsters Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore allowed the tight end to sneak in behind the underneath coverage.
2019 Week 1 vs LAR (9 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen's first outing of the 2019 season amounted to an exercise in frustration. On multiple occasions his connection with Cam Newton lacked precision, an issue that was apparent on a seam pass ñ a link-up the two have made routine in the past ñ that was thrown to the wrong shoulder. Newton missed his tight end on two straightforward and expected completions ñ one on a pass into the flat off a bootleg action which was too high; the other a third down pass to the right sideline which was too tall as well. There were times the two were in sync, including a low throw that Olsen scooped up on a crucial third down late in the game, but most targets failed to find their mark. Olsen looks every bit the player he was pre-injury.
Latest NewsPanthers | Greg Olsen remains sidelined (Thu Dec 5, 03:06 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. link to story Panthers | Carolina's Thursday injury report (Thu Dec 5, 02:34 PM) - Carolina Panthers OT Greg Little (ankle) and TE Greg Olsen (concussion) did not take part in practice Thursday, Dec. 5. DT Gerald McCoy (ankle, knee), S Eric Reid (ankle), OT Taylor Moton (knee), LB Shaq Thompson (ankle), CB Donte Jackson (knee) and OL Garrett McGhin (ankle) were limited. link to story Panthers | Greg Olsen does not practice (Wed Dec 4, 02:52 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Dec. 4. Our View: Olsen may not be able to play in Week 14 due to this concussion. If that's the case, Ian Thomas will be the starter and is worth streaming for Fantasy GMs.
link to story Panthers | Greg Olsen suffers concussion (Sun Dec 1, 03:40 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) suffered a concussion during the Week 13 game. Our View: Ian Thomas looked good in place of Greg Olsen last year as a rookie and could help in deep leagues next week vs Atlanta if Olsen is out.
link to story Panthers | Five grabs for Greg Olsen (Sun Nov 24, 10:07 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen caught five of his seven targets for 44 yards in a 34-31 loss to the New Orleans Saints in Week 12. link to story More News
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