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TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): If there's a problem with Olsen's stock this year, it's that the Panthers and Cam Newton are too good. They haven't had to force the ball to him in close games very much, and Newton is using his secondary receivers well. This four weeks is probably an accurate picture of the boom/bust TE1 Olsen is now.

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 at JAX 71 1 11 0 0 1.1
2 vs HOU 78 6 70 0 0 7
3 vs NO 66 8 134 2 0 25.4
4 at TB 58 2 28 0 0 2.8

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs TB (6 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)

Despite the modest passing totals posted by Cam Newton, a pair of "almost" catches by the ever-reliable Olsen could have changed that dramatically. Olsen showed excellent route-running skill and soft hands early on a seam pass and could have scored with one more block on an inside screen pass in the red zone. Olsen continued to get open, and Newton was just inches away on a pass to the corner for his tight end a few plays later. Olsen almost hauled in an improbable pass with the sun in his eyes just inches short of the goal line, but the ball managed to trickle away at the last moment. Newton and Olsen failed to connect on a fade route for what should have been a touchdown, the quarterback throwing the pass far too high for Olsen to even attempt to make a play.

2015 Week 3 vs NO (11 / 8 / 134 / 2 rec)

After failing to connect on an early sideline throw, Cam Newton and Greg Olsen took the game by the scruff of the neck and never put a foot wrong against a porous Saints defense. Olsen showed terrific hands and speed down the seam as he hauled in a 27-yard pass with a one-handed catch, beating man coverage easily. A red zone touchdown reception on a shallow crossing route was taken off the board due to pass interference, but the determined Olsen was not to be denied. Only two plays later, Newton found Olsen with a well-timed pass at the goal line. The two showed good understanding and timing on the play. Continuing to exploit the weaknesses of the New Orleans defense, Olsen blew past Brandon Browner, who had deep third responsibility, and produced a fine run after the catch after Newton found him with a perfect pass. Olsen added a second touchdown catch and set a career-high for yardage in a single game in the process on a similar play to his first. Posting up at the goal line between defenders, Newton knew exactly when and where to fire the pass in. Olsen could have had a third touchdown on a red zone target at the end of the first half, but the pass was squeezed into a tight window in the flat, and the trailing safety had good coverage to break it up.

2015 Week 2 vs HOU (14 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)

After a quiet first week in Jacksonville, Cam Newton made it a point to get the football into Greg Olsen's hands. Houston countered with aggressive man coverage and single-high safety looks, taking away the seam throws. Undeterred, Olsen managed to find open spaces along the sidelines and hooked up with Newton on several timing throws that showed the kind of chemistry these two players have. Olsen later bailed out his quarterback on third down, leaping high to reel in an errant pass with a defender in his zip code. Olsen got open for his biggest gain of the game off play action after faking a block before releasing into a shallow cross pattern. Newton found him on the backside after having rolled right, and Olsen had nothing but open field to run into for a 27-yard completion.

2015 Week 1 vs JAX (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

With a dearth of quality options at the wide receiver position, it came as no surprise that Greg Olsen was as so often happened last season asked to block in '12' personnel sets, or two tight end formations. He did this capably and provided extra time for his quarterback to pick his targets, but it affected his production against a stout Jacksonville front seven. When flexed out as a receiver in more obvious passing situations, Olsen showed his value, converting on a red zone target with a precision out pattern on 3rd and 10. A few plays later Olsen had the football in his hands in the end zone after Cam Newton lofted a beautiful pass over the trailing defender's clutches. Unfortunately for Olsen, he was called for offensive pass interference after the officials spotted a small push off with the right arm. Newton and Olsen were unable to riff as usual, but connected on a couple of nice timing throws in the short range late on as the Panthers salted away the game.


Latest News

Panthers | Career day for Greg Olsen (Sun Sep 27, 07:52 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen had eight catches for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-22 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 3.

Our View: Olsen had been a disappointment through two weeks, but he came through in a big way against the Saints. Only Rob Gronkowski is worth significantly more at the tight end position.
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Panthers | Targets coming Greg Olsen's way (Sat Sep 26, 02:01 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen is expected to see plenty of targets in Week 3, in the opinion of The Charlotte Observer's Joseph Person. Olsen was targeted 14 times last week, catching six passes for 70 yards.

Our View: Hang on fantasy owners, a good day is coming for Olsen. He hasn't quite performed up to expectations so far this year, but we feel Olsen could have a monster day against the Saints. The Panthers are at home and going up against a weak Saints defense....make sure to have Olsen in as your TE1 this week.
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