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TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

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

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17 at ATL 57 1 10 0 0 1
18 at NO 69 8 107 1 0 16.7

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 18 vs NO (12 / 8 / 107 / 1 rec)

The veteran tight end proved to be the main threat in the Panthers' otherwise mediocre passing attack against New Orleans. Olsen consistently took advantage of favourable matchups inside the hashes, boxing out defenders and making tough catches. He went low for his first catch, an acrobatic effort to slide and maintain his concentration as he veered towards the sideline. He was unfortunate not to haul in an end zone target near the front pylon, but an excellent breakup by the defensive back put that to bed. Olsen found himself uncovered on a couple of occasions, and seized the opportunity with some chunk plays. He capped his day with a well-executed touchdown catch. Lined up in the slot right a few yards short of the end zone, Olsen won at the release and got inside leverage on his defender to give Cam Newton a throwing window. The tight end and Newton's most trusted target - did not disappoint.

2017 Week 17 vs ATL (9 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Greg Olsen cut a frustrated figure on the artificial turf in the plush environs of Atlanta's new stadium. Time and again, he was left figuratively scratching his head as Cam Newton fired errant pass after errant pass. One high pass over the middle saw Olsen make a despairing attempt at a catch, only to have the ball tipped and intercepted. The quarterback and tight end were not on the same page on a key third down late in the game; Olsen ran downfield, while Newton seemed to be aiming for a back shoulder completion. Atlanta played a physical game defensively and offered the Carolina receivers very little wiggle room, with Olsen one of the main victims.

2017 Week 16 vs TB (6 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

On a day when the passing game was stagnant, Greg Olsen nonetheless provided a steadying presence for an erratic Cam Newton. Olsen's well-run route on an early third down drew a penalty for pass interference, as an eager Bucs defender came through the back of the tight end to attempt to break up the pass. Olsen followed that up with first catch, a beautiful adjustment to a low pass as he slid down to the turf. A downfield shot in the second half on third down fell incomplete after what appeared to be a miscommunication between Olsen and Newton. The quarterback threw the pass to the back shoulder after diagnosing the defender's position relative to Olsen, but the tight end couldn't contort his body to the correct position. Olsen was tossed a pass in the end zone late on, but it was too high as Newton failed to step into the throw.

2017 Week 15 vs GB (12 / 9 / 116 / 1 rec)

It was back to good old Greg Olsen against the Packers, as the veteran tight end looked like he hadn't ever been injured. There was an emphasis to attack the Packers at the second level and back third of the defense with Olsen's crisp routes from the outset. Throughout the game, Cam Newton continued to fire bullet passes to Olsen, who found room to roam against zone and man coverage. The graceful tight end made a pair of nonchalant one-handed catches that would have made Odell Beckham Jr. proud, casually plucking the ball out of the air as if it was nothing. A busted coverage by Green Bay on a seam route handed Olsen an easy 30-yard touchdown catch; there was no defender within 10 yards of him at the catch point. Olsen did his best work on third down, keeping drives alive when Newton needed him most.

2017 Week 14 vs MIN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

It was an uneventful game for Greg Olsen in the box score, as he was blanked by a disciplined Minnesota defense. The ineptitude of the passing game for long stretches played a role in his quiet afternoon as well, as the Panthers tried to play keep away in the latter stages. Olsen was forced to leave the game for treatment on his surgically repaired foot, but returned with no issues. His lone target came on a seam pass over the middle, but Cam Newton's wild pass was too high and gave Olsen no chance.

2017 Week 12 vs NYJ (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

Greg Olsen's triumphant return turned into a bit of a letdown as soreness in his surgically repaired foot prompted the Panthers to sit him down for most of the second half. When he was on the field, he was used in high leverage situations only, with third downs a priority. Olsen got a piece of the action early, converting a second down pass on a shallow cross, but had little fortune after that. An end zone target fell harmlessly incomplete as Cam Newton was late on a throw that should have been an easy touchdown.

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.


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