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TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

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

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Week 5: vs Chicago Bears

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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1 at TB 8 83 1 0
2 vs DET 6 72 0 0
3 vs PIT 5 69 1 0
4 at BAL 2 30 0 0
5 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
5 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
5 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 3 vs PIT (7 / 5 / 69 / 1 rec)

Reliable as ever, Greg Olsen did nothing spectacular. However, he consistently presented a big target for his quarterback and run smooth, quick routes to get open against the Steelers' zone. Even when he wasn't targeted, Olsen did an excellent job clearing out the zones for other targets to find space. While it was not the high point for the Panthers offense this season, Olsen still churned out a solid performance and capped his solid night with a touchdown on a pitch and catch from Newton. Olsen found room on a corner route and Newton fired it right where it needed to be so Olsen could turn on the jets and reach the end zone.

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.

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Latest News

Panthers | Greg Olsen held in check (Sun Sep 28, 05:52 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (calf) was active in Week 4 against the Baltimore Ravens, but he was limited to two receptions for 30 yards. Olsen was targeted five times in the loss.

Our View: Olsen will have more days like if the Panthers continue to struggle as an offense. He doesn't offer the weekly upside of the top options, but he is usually reliable when it comes to having a higher weekly floor than this.
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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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Schedule

5vs Chicago Bears
6@ Cincinnati Bengals
7@ Green Bay Packers
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9vs New Orleans Saints
10@ Philadelphia Eagles
11vs Atlanta Falcons
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Minnesota Vikings
14@ New Orleans Saints
15vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16vs Cleveland Browns
17@ Atlanta Falcons