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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 Sep 28): You have to love it when a touchdown catch gets called back and the quarterback goes right back to the receiver and they hook up again. Greg Olsen and Cam Newton were on fire as a connection, and they reminded us that they are capable of this against most opponents on their schedule. Everything is coming around for Olsen after a very poor Week 1.

Week 4: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Cam Newton has found ways to make the passing attack work despite the loss of Kelvin - Ted Ginn Jr. is leading the way at wide receiver with 22 targets for 10/188/1 so far this season, and Greg Olsen finally snapped out of his stupor to post an outstanding 8/134/2 receiving on 11 targets vs. New Orleans (Ginn had six targets for 4/93/0 during that game). It ain't fancy, but the Panthers are 3-0. Devin Funchess has yet to make his presence felt in fantasy circles, but he did see four targets vs. New Orleans (he only converted 1/14/0, though, as he continues along the rookie learning curve at wide receiver). The Buccaneers' pass D is ranked ninth in the NFL in terms of yards allowed per game - 210.3 - but part of the low yards allowed average is because teams are electing to attack their 30th-ranked rush D. Tampa has allowed three times as many passing scores (six) as interceptions generated (two, tied for 17th in the NFL), and they have seven sacks so far (tied for eighth in the NFL). Last week, Ryan Mallett threw 24/39 for 227 net yards passing, one TD and one interception against the Buccaneers. Drew Brees hit them for 24/38 yielding 255 yards passing, one TD and one interception two weeks ago. This looks like a neutral matchup between so-so units to us.

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 PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
4 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
4 at TB PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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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