TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers
|6-5, 255||Born: 3-11-1985||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2007|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 16 vs IND (5 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Veteran tight end Greg Olsen made a beautiful catch on a seam route early in the game, a pass that settled rookie quarterback Will Grier down. The route was perfect by Olsen, allowing Grier to locate the passing lane easily. Olsen was the primary target in the red zone, but two attempts to hook up with the tight end by Grier were unsuccessful; one was too high after it appeared Olsen was open, the other was a high pass that was broken up by the Colts defender. Olsen took a backseat in the second half and ceded some snaps to understudy Ian Thomas. He wasn't quite done, however, and Olsen almost hauled in a pass on a deep ball, only for the ball to carom off his outstretched palms.
2019 Week 17 vs NO (6 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
In what many presume was his final game as a pro, Greg Olsen fought hard but ultimately went only as far as his quarterbacks did; that is, not very. A high pass off play action early was a sign of things to come, the ball arcing high above Olsen. His next target came on a simple hitch route with the offense backed up against their own goal line. Olsen was open for a moment, but the Saints linebacker jumped it and ran the target back for a pick six. Olsen was targeted in the end zone on two occasions by Kyle Allen in the second half; the first was broken up and well covered, while the second was too high and gave the tight end no chance.
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen lasted only a little over a quarter against the Cowboys. On a straightforward seam route, Olsen's foot was stood on by the defender in coverage. Olsen finished the play and ended up making a 19-yard reception after a slip from a defender but did not return to the game. He was spotted wearing a walking boot on the sideline. Olsen had been looking comfortable prior to the injury, reeling in a nice 14-yard catch on an intermediate dig route.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
It proved to be a game of missed opportunities, not only for the returning Greg Olsen, but for the entire Carolina offense. Their opportunities limited due to a clock-eating Redskins offense, Olsen was a frequent target of Cam Newton. Most of his catches came on short passes ñ quick outs, a tight end screen ñ but he made a beautiful sliding grab on a ground ball from Newton in the two-minute drill. A deep target sailed agonisingly over his head as Newton put a little too much touch on the football. With the Panthers set up near the Redskins' goal line at the end of regulation, Olsen appeared to get open on a pivot route, and looked visibly frustrated as his quarterback opted for a pass to the corner of the end zone.
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 2 / 5 / 1 rec)
It proved to be a quiet afternoon for Greg Olsen, whose return to the field hasn't yet yielded the types of results that most would have expected. An early target on a short dig pattern fell incomplete as Cam Newton appeared to leave the pass a little behind his tight end. Olsen recorded one catch after that but was running routes often - Newton simply didn't find him open. Olsen's big contribution came on the game-winning touchdown for the Panthers. With Carolina at the Philadelphia goal line, Olsen lined up as the end man on the right side of the line, faked a block and sneaked in behind. Newton's pass was perfect for a pitch-and-catch touchdown.
2018 Week 8 vs BAL (4 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec)
He may not possess the fleet-of-foot ability of years gone by, but Greg Olsen has more than enough nous and craftiness to remain valuable in this offense. He showed that value today, cashing in on a red zone target with a touchdown. Lined up as the single receiver on the backside of a three-by-one set, Olsen ran hard and lowered his shoulder into the defender in coverage, executing a veteran hand fighting move at the break before turning back inside on the in cut. Cam Newton duly rocketed a pass into his numbers for the score. Olsen showed his savvy at the end of the half, imploring Carolina's backup quarterback ñ who was in the game due to the coaching staff not wanting to risk Newton, nursing a shoulder ailment, on a Hail Mary ñ to throw him the ball on the sideline after no Baltimore defender follow him. Olsen was afforded free releases on some of his routes in the second half, and on these he was able to profit with some pitch-and-catch connections with his quarterback to move the chains.
2018 Week 9 vs TB (6 / 6 / 76 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen continues to go from strength to strength after his return from a foot injury, showing no ill effects. His connection with Cam Newton is preternatural in its execution at times, and the pair hooked up on a handful of intermediate patterns for chunks of yardage. Olsen produced one of the finest touchdown catches of the season late in the first half. On the play, Olsen ran up the seam and, with the ball coming at him like a bullet, managed to bat it into his control as he twisted his body to adjust to it. Safely controlling the football, Olsen corralled it and got down to complete what was an acrobatic marvel of a reception.
2018 Week 10 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was forced to act as more of a safety blanket than a downfield weapon against a Steelers team whose pass rush gave Carolina fits. Olsen and Cam Newton tried to connect on a screen pass early, but Olsen lost his balance and the pass was never completed. With the Panthers down by more than two scores in the dying embers of the first half, Newton went on Olsen as a check down on several plays, biting off chunks of yardage. To Olsen's credit, he ran excellent routes and made a couple of terrific catches on passes that were poorly thrown, prompting a tricky adjustment from the veteran.
2018 Week 11 vs DET (3 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen was largely kept under wraps in this game, doing most of his work in two-minute drill offense at the end of each half. Ever the reliable target in the red zone, Cam Newton tossed his first touchdown pass to Olsen, who sneaked in behind the defense from the one-yard line, no Detroit defender near him as he hauled in the pass. Olsen seemed to be a focus of the Detroit defense, with the unit buzzing around the middle of the field for each of his catches.
2018 Week 12 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen took a back seat in this contest to the likes of young guns Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore, contributing only a check-down option. Off a play action pass, Olsen sneaked across the formation and absorbed a huge blow to haul in his first catch. In the two-minute drill at the end of the first half he provided an outlet for Cam Newton on the sideline, wisely stepping out of bounds. Later in the game Olsen appeared to be open for a touchdown at the back of the end zone. Newton fired the ball into the tight window - a defender had good coverage - and Olsen had it momentarily, but it was knocked out at the last moment. Downfield opportunities were non-existent as the offense adhered to a short to intermediate approach.
2018 Week 13 vs TB (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
The luckless veteran Greg Olsen's foot injury came back to haunt him again against Tampa Bay, with a ruptured plantar fascia set to rule him out for the season. On the field, Olsen only caught one pass - a sideline dart from Cam Newton - and earlier drew a pass interference penalty on a benign target between the hashes. Olsen left the game in the second quarter and did not return.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ñ and Newton's most trusted target - did not disappoint.
2016 Week 1 vs DEN (9 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)
If Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin had chemistry in this game, then Newton and Olsen had something of a sixth sense. After a steady start offensively that saw the Panthers take a 7-0 lead, Olsen slowly crept his way into the game. He and T.J. Ward had a back-and-forth slugfest throughout, with Olsen giving as good as he got. An early target Olsen's way was too far inside for him to catch, but Ward's coverage ñ and the pass rush ñ meant it was a rushed throw from Newton. Olsen's first catch showed the kind of mind meld he and his quarterback have developed. Under pressure, Newton rolled left. Olsen, aware his quarterback was in peril, sneaked away from his pass blocking assignment and leaked up the field on a wheel route. Newton identified it immediately and lofted a beautiful first down pass to his tight end. Olsen absorbed a big hit from Ward to secure a catch that set the Panthers up inside the red zone for their second touchdown. A savvy Olsen produced one of the headiest plays of the game late in the first half. With only seconds remaining and the Panthers in field goal range, Olsen caught a low pass and smartly rolled out of bounds to stop the clock before a Broncos defender could touch him. Olsen found his spots in the second half, but the entire offense seemed to stutter ñ and the tight end suffered for it.
2016 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 5 / 122 / 1 rec)
In addition to being a thorn in the side of the San Francisco defense for his work in the short to intermediate range, Olsen produced a bigger play to get the Panthers back on track. Lined up in the slot right, he got a free release and took advantage of a missed assignment by a 49ers safety to streak down the middle unmolested. Cam Newton instantly recognized it and floated a lovely pass for Olsen to run on to for a 78-yard touchdown strike. When Olsen wasn't finding wide open space to run into, he was punishing 49ers defenders, lulling them to sleep with his routes before breaking quickly and securing the football. Olsen had great success operating as the single receiver on the backside in the Panthers' three-by-one sets. The 49ers played a lot of off coverage, allowing Olsen room to operate. Set up in the red zone, Newton targeted Olsen for what might have been his second touchdown. Olsen streaked down towards the back pylon and the ball appeared to be in good position, but the 49ers cornerback sunk underneath the route and almost intercepted the pass. Olsen stayed alive to help out an under duress Newton in the fourth quarter as the Panthers iced the game. Newton missed Olsen running down the right sideline in the early stages for what could have been a 30+-yard completion, the ball sailing too far as Newton threw on the rollout.
2016 Week 3 vs MIN (10 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)
One of the lone bright spots on an otherwise drab day for the Panthers offense, Greg Olsen was a steady presence for his quarterback. The Vikings played disciplined defense throughout, with their two-deep looks forcing Olsen to make his hay on underneath routes. Olsen did an excellent job using a linebacker's leverage to beat him to the outside, resulting in a nice pitch and catch that he took up the sideline. He continued to find success outside the numbers, as he and Newton exploited gaps in the coverage. No passes threatened downfield, however. Olsen was only targeted once on a potentially big play, a prayer heaved up by Newton with time ebbing away at the death; the pass was too far ahead of Olsen to even contemplate catching.
2016 Week 4 vs ATL (13 / 6 / 76 / 1 rec)
After initially being shut out as the Panthers offense struggled to find its footing, Greg Olsen exploded into life. By the time it happened, however, Carolina had already resorted to an up-tempo approach. Olsen found soft spots in the Atlanta zone coverage and hooked up with Cam Newton on a simple pitch and catch down the seam early on, after two previous targets had been wayward due to the constant pressure on the quarterback. Newton began to look to Olsen with regularity as the Panthers approached the red zone in the hurry-up offense, peppering him with passes. It wasn't until Derek Anderson came in at quarterback that Olsen produced his finest play of the game ñ and quite possibly his season. Set up in the red zone, Olsen lined up against Falcons rookie safety Keanu Neal. Olsen gave a quick nod to the outside, before shooting down the seam. The pass from Anderson was intentionally high, and the big tight end had the skill to stab the football in the air, killing its momentum, before securing it with his other hand and tapping both feet in bounds. It was a majestic catch and show of coordination. Olsen converted a two-point play subsequently, as he and Anderson started to click. With the offense firmly in pass-first mode, Olsen hauled in a few more short receptions as the Falcons surrendered underneath patterns. A final end zone target was too far over Olsen's head to catch as it sailed to the back left pylon.
2016 Week 5 vs TB (13 / 9 / 181 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was the straw that stirred the drink for the Panthers offensively, thriving all over the field against a lackluster Buccaneers unit. The veteran tight end found countless soft spots, exploiting them time after time. Olsen picked up where he left off in the dying embers of the Atlanta loss last week, connecting early and often with Derek Anderson. Where Olsen won was at the break point in his routes, as Bucs linebackers and safeties struggled to keep pace. He made a terrific twirling adjustment to a back shoulder throw down the seam in the second quarter, adjusting his body to haul in the pass as he fell to the turf. When the Panthers offense reached the red zone, Olsen was the apple of Anderson's eye. The two narrowly failed to hook up on a deep shot at the end of the first half, with two Buccaneers defenders bracketing Olsen in the end zone as the ball sailed into his area. Olsen kick started the offense in the second half, sneaking in behind the line of scrimmage on 3rd-and-1 to get open in the flat. Anderson lofted him a quick pass and Olsen had nothing but green grass ahead of him. Eventually he was wrestled down inside the Bucs 35-yard line. Were it not for an inaccurate ball on a simple throw, Olsen would have had a touchdown on one of the ensuing plays. Anderson's pass, however, was too far behind Olsen for him to reel in on the run. The Bucs defense continued to find new ways to let Olsen get open, and he found a huge void down the right sideline as the game wore to a close. Olsen was the target of another end zone shot from Anderson, but the pass was rushed and Olsen was doubled; it was intercepted, ending the Panthers' hopes, but Olsen had no chance to make a play.
2016 Week 6 vs NO (7 / 6 / 94 / 0 rec)
With Cam Newton distributing the ball all over the field in the Panthers' comeback effort, Greg Olsen was certain to play a big role. The Saints linebackers and defensive backs struggled to keep tabs on the wily Olsen, who consistently found seams and bamboozled defenders with his route-running prowess. He had to work in the underneath portions of the field very often, taking small chunks as the Saints defense looked to avoid giving up the big play. Olsen should have the recipient of a touchdown pass, but instead the defensive back committed pass interference to set the offense up at the Saints 1-yard line. It was a clinical display from one of the best in the game.
2016 Week 8 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
The Panthers took a different tack offensively against the Cardinals, eschewing the passing attack early to pound the football between the tackles. Greg Olsen saw fewer opportunities as a pass catcher as the Carolina rushing offense and defensive pressure led to an unfavorable game script. Olsen was targeted by Cam Newton in key situations, including a deep shot down the right sideline. The pass was left too short, however, and the defensive back intercepted it ñ only to have the call reversed upon video review. Olsen's lone reception came on a beautiful leaping sideline catch on a key third down. It appeared as though the tight end failed to tap a second foot in bounds, but the play was not challenged.
2016 Week 9 vs LA (7 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen hardly put a foot wrong and cashed in with the Panthers' lone touchdown of the game in a bruising affair. The soft-handed tight end made it look easy when given the opportunity, going low and high to reel in off-target Cam Newton passes. Olsen's touchdown came in the red zone as he was flexed away from the formation, set in the right slot. He beat the defender instantly off the line of scrimmage with a hard step outside opening the gate to get inside leverage. The high safety cheated to the other side of the field, allowing Newton to find Olsen for an easy strike over the middle. Olsen made a beautiful grab on a high pass down the seam from Newton later and provided a steadying presence despite the pressure Newton and the offensive line had to deal with.
2016 Week 10 vs KC (8 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was utilized more as a blocker against the Chiefs, as the Panthers continued to compensate for their reshuffled offensive line. Olsen made a couple of uncharacteristic drops, including a poor concentration one on a simple toss. A pair of early receptions in traffic failed to get the ball rolling, with Cam Newton instead picking on the cornerbacks outside with Kelvin Benjamin. Olsen scooped up a low pass in the second half, showing excellent hands to go to the turf and secure it. For the most part, however, his role was limited by a combination of extra blocking assignments.
2016 Week 11 vs NO (7 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
In a rather inept offensive display for Carolina, Greg Olsen was unable to slice out a big piece of the small pie. Cam Newton went to him in key situations, including a pivotal catch on a deep out pattern to set the Panthers up at the Saints one-yard line. Newton went back to Olsen on a subsequent red zone opportunity, but the window was very tight for the high pass to fit in and it flew over his head. Olsen converted a pair of key third downs in the second half as the conservative Panthers offense played keep away from the Saints. Olsen was unable to haul in a zipped pass for a potentially spectacular diving sideline catch, as the ball came free from his grasp.
2016 Week 12 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen had to work his way into this game like the rest of the Carolina offense. A first half of sleepwalking offensive production put the team in a hole, 24-7, so Olsen was targeted often in the second half. Olsen made his usual array of impressive sideline catches, showing off his uncanny body control and soft hands to make Cam Newton's off-target passes look like bullets between the numbers. A beautiful leaping catch was ruled out by a holding penalty, and Olsen was unfortunate not to haul in a high pass over the middle on the Panthers' final drive to set up a potential game-tying field goal. The pass was just a little high even for someone of his height to reel in.
2016 Week 13 vs SEA (7 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
On a putrid offensive night for Carolina, Greg Olsen became lost in the mire of ineptitude. With the Panthers' offensive line shorthanded coming into the game, Olsen was relied on often as a blocker. Even when he went out into patterns, the Seattle underneath coverage was able to take him away and force Cam Newton to hold on to the ball. Olsen made a spectacular catch on an intermediate crossing pattern as Newton zipped the ball into traffic, shooting the ball past the ear hole of a Seattle defender's helmet. Newton's other targets for Olsen went often erratic in terms of accuracy and placement, leaving the tight end to pick up scraps as the game rolled toward a finish.
2016 Week 14 vs SD (7 / 4 / 87 / 0 rec)
With the recent offensive struggles in mind, perhaps it was no coincidence that offensive coordinator Mike Shula opened up with a Cam Newton pass to Greg Olsen, his favourite target. Olsen ran a lovely route from the right slot, fooling the defensive player with his crisp route and bending to the sideline for a first down catch. He repeated the trick later in the half, separating easily at the top of the route. An early seam pass kick-started the offense after the half, with Olsen reaching high to secure a floated Newton pass for a big gain. The tight end was targeted in the red zone on a quick-hitting inside pattern, but the defensive back broke on the football quickly and Olsen had no chance.
2016 Week 15 vs WAS (9 / 6 / 85 / 0 rec)
With the offense clicking, Greg Olsen went from afterthought to key cog as the Panthers settled in early. The tight end played his part in getting his quarterback into rhythm, beating the Washington zone coverage on Cam Newton's first pass with a simple deep crossing pattern. Nobody was near Olsen as he made the catch for a big gain. It would be a sign of things to come. Olsen was targeted twice in the red zone, but on both occasions the Washington coverage was tighter; Olsen had the ball batted away from him at the catch point. In the second half he produced another chunk play, a catch and run after successfully juking a defender out of his shoes with a subtle shoulder fake. It was an efficient outing for Olsen, who feasted on a below average Redskins defense.
2016 Week 16 vs ATL (12 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
It was a memorable occasion for Greg Olsen on a personal milestone basis, as he became the first tight end in NFL history with three consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons. However, an all-too-typical down day from the offense meant he was limited to short catches over the middle as the Falcons' comfortable lead allowed them to play conservatively. Any time Olsen was targeted downfield the pass was either too high due to a scattershot Cam Newton's accuracy, or there was a miscommunication between quarterback and tight end. Olsen briefly left the game after making a routine catch, but was held in check by a combination of the offensive struggles and having to stay in and block to cover up the offensive line's issues.
2016 Week 17 vs TB (4 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec)
After snagging a bullet pass from Cam Newton on the first play from scrimmage, Greg Olsen had a rather inauspicious performance. On a deep target in the end zone, the tight end was penalised for offensive pass interference; to be fair, the football was far above his head and he had no chance of coming down with it. He fed on scraps for the majority of the game, rising to the occasion on a fourth down play to keep the game alive with a quick-hitting catch over the middle. Olsen was unfortunate to lose his footing on the game-deciding two-point attempt, with Newton having predetermined his read. He fired it in to Olsen, only to see the old reliable trip and the ball get deflected incomplete by a Bucs defender.
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 ñ as so often happened last season ñ 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.
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 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 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 6 vs SEA (11 / 7 / 131 / 1 rec)
It wasn't until late in the game that Cam Newton and Greg Olsen began to riff as they have been in recent games. However, the intent to get Olsen the football was there in spades. Olsen made a splash early with a diving catch on the left sideline, adjusting to a fast ball from Newton mid-air to snag it. Olsen could have made a play on a fourth and short pass from Newton, but the ball was lofted too much, allowing Earl Thomas to break it up. Olsen got into gear with a 22-yard catch and run on a shallow cross, Newton showing good patience to wait for the passing window to open up. Olsen came back a couple of plays later, beating a trailing Seahawks defender down the right sideline and hauling in a well-placed ball for another big gain. In the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, Olsen did his best work. He boxed out a defensive back on a quick in-cut from the left, securing the catch and falling down smartly to avoid contact. Newton found Olsen again on a seam pattern that allowed his tight end to run after the catch, only to be stopped at the 1-yard line. Olsen scored the go-ahead touchdown with 30 seconds to play as he ripped down the seam past Seahawks, who left him uncovered after a reported communication breakdown. In the end, it was a simple throw and catch with no Seattle defender in the vicinity.
2015 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 65 / 0 rec)
With the Panthers' rushing attack finding success in a patient offensive game plan, Greg Olsen was not as much of a factor as usual. The Eagles linebackers and safeties patrolled the middle of the field and often stayed tight to Olsen's hip in pass coverage, a strength of Philadelphia's secondary. Olsen managed to break free on a corner route early, using the defensive back's leverage against him to cut outside quickly and haul in a floated Cam Newton pass. Olsen found some room in the short range of the field with a pair of dump-off passes from his quarterback, one of which the tight end turned into a nice catch and run, finishing with a shoulder charge on a hapless Nolan Carroll. The Panthers did not get into many obvious red zone passing situations, and when they did the Eagles made certain to blanket Olsen.
2015 Week 8 vs IND (12 / 6 / 79 / 1 rec)
Despite the sloppy conditions, Greg Olsen managed to make his presence felt and contribute to another Panthers victory. Olsen was stymied on his first targets of the game, as excellent underneath coverage denied him. A subsequent end zone target from Cam Newton sailed a little high for Olsen to reel in. After committing a penalty for offensive pass interference on a pick play across the middle that freed up Ted Ginn Jr. for a big gain, Olsen redeemed himself with a 27-yard touchdown catch. Newton and Olsen went back to the play that had failed earlier, the seam pattern. This time, a well-executed play fake to crossing running backs in the backfield held the Colts linebackers and allowed Olsen to get a step on his defender. A nicely lofted pass by Newton was hauled in by a falling Olsen. As the game carried on into overtime, Newton went back to Olsen, who made an impressive one-handed catch with a defender draped all over him.
2015 Week 9 vs GB (7 / 4 / 66 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen excelled as a blocker at times against Green Bay, putting in his usual physical shift to seal the edge off for some key rushing yards. However, it was his effort in the passing attack that jumped off the screen. An effortless one-handed catch in the right flat on a sidearm pass from Cam Newton kick-started the veteran tight end's day, as he turned it upfield for a 23-yard gain. The Packers defense struggled to deal with Olsen's movement early, as the Panthers lined him up all over the formation to probe mismatches. However, later in the game they adjusted and began to bracket him more often to take away quick, easy throws in his direction. Newton missed Olsen on a seam route for what should have been a touchdown; Olsen broke free from his trailing defender and had nothing but green grass to run into, but his quarterback let him down. The pair did connect on a short touchdown pass, however, taking advantage of a Packers defense that looked all at sea. Set up inside the Green Bay five-yard line, Olsen released off the line quickly without any contact and got inside, giving Newton an easy pitch-and-catch throw for the score. Later, Olsen exploited rookie cornerback Damarious Randall on a deep route; the cornerback had expected a short route and seemed to settle his feet for a split-second, allowing the tight end to blaze past him. Randall had no choice at the catch point other than to commit a pass interference penalty, erasing what would have been a potential 40-yard gain for Olsen. Despite the Packers putting an emphasis on taking away Olsen from Newton's progressions, he still managed to get open with subtlety in his routes, excellent chemistry and timing with his quarterback and a well-developed veteran savvy.
2015 Week 10 vs TEN (8 / 8 / 80 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen riffed early with Cam Newton as the Panthers got into a nice rhythm. The Titans defense continued to allow Olsen free releases off the line, providing easy pitch and catch opportunities in the intermediate range, where the savvy veteran was able to gain separation with subtle moves. Second-half adjustments by the Titans - primarily based on exotic blitzes - bogged down the offense and took Olsen out of the equation. However, he made one of the most acrobatic and difficult catches of his career in the third quarter. Reaching back behind him for a back shoulder pass from Newton, Olsen managed to snag the football with one outstretched hand while falling down, finishing the impressive feat by cradling the ball to his body. Olsen was a fixture of the passing attack and should have been rewarded with a touchdown on a pick play in the red zone. Olsen crossed the formation from right to left and, with defenders lost in traffic, he caught a lofted pass from Newton only to be tackled just inches short.
2015 Week 11 vs WAS (6 / 3 / 54 / 1 rec)
In the early stages, the Redskins made a concerted effort to remove Greg Olsen from the game plan. Olsen was constantly shadowed at the line of scrimmage and underneath zone defenders would shade to his side to force Cam Newton to go elsewhere. Olsen broke free on an intermediate crossing pattern, latching on to a beautiful touch pass from Newton over a linebacker in underneath coverage. Olsen was fortunate not to be the primary culprit for a pick six. Newton fired an ill-advised smoke pass out to his tight end, only for Olsen to be immediately and violently contacted by a Redskins defender. The hit on Olsen, who was ducking his head at the time of contact, was deemed to be high and dangerous, taking the subsequent fortuitous catch by the defensive back and touchdown off the board. Newton failed to connect with Olsen on a pair of high targets, leading him into a couple of bad hits. The two did connect on a well-timed post pattern for a touchdown in the red zone. Olsen ran a beautiful route set up as the middle receiver in the trips side of a three-by-one formation, stabbing outside before coming back inside and securing a bullet pass from his quarterback.
2015 Week 12 vs DAL (9 / 5 / 70 / 0 rec)
In a game mostly controlled by the Panthers, Greg Olsen made his presence felt in key situations and put in a stellar shift as a run blocker on the perimeter. Facing the Dallas blitz, he and Cam Newton were able to connect on timing throws for short completions in the early stages. An outstanding play in the first half saw Olsen break free of his defender at the line of scrimmage with a subtle outside-in jab step, before ripping the seam. Newton found him with a precise pass, low and away from oncoming defenders so that Olsen could protect himself as he made the catch, which he did with a sure-handed snag. A subsequent end zone target was broken up after it appeared Olsen had initially secured the football. As the game wore on, Olsen's main contribution came as a run blocker, but he produced a near carbon copy of his seam route catch in the fourth quarter, bursting upfield and looking in a bullet pass from his quarterback.
2015 Week 13 vs NO (12 / 9 / 129 / 0 rec)
Choosing to eschew the strategy employed by many defenses, the Saints opted not to closely mark the Panthers' most dangerous weapon in the passing attack. Olsen was given free releases time and again, allowing him to find the soft spots in the coverage and present a big target for Cam Newton. Olsen got into a rhythm early with a couple of quick connections with his quarterback on simple, timing throws. After getting open on the sideline, however, Newton left the ball too high for Olsen to both secure the catch and get his feet in bounds. An uncharacteristic fumble from Olsen on a routine sideline grab - a ball expertly popped out by a lurking Saints defender - resulted in a turnover. Undeterred, Olsen soldiered on and became a huge factor in the latter stages. First, he reeled in a beautiful lofted pass from Newton on a corner route, tapping both feet in what many considered a questionable play. Upon replay review it was determined the catch was a good one. Olsen ripped the seam in the fourth quarter and hauled in a 32-yard bullet from Newton, boxing out the linebacker in Tampa-2 ëpipe' coverage. Olsen produced a magnificent grab on fourth down to keep the game alive for the Panthers on their final drive, reaching low and cradling the football before it hit the artificial turf.
2015 Week 14 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen connected well with Cam Newton in the early stages against an overmatched Atlanta defense, with Olsen using his veteran savvy to find soft spots against the Falcons' zone and man defenses. Newton found Olsen with a dart over the middle for his first catch, which he rebounded with authority. Olsen was able to haul in a perfectly floated Newton pass on a flag pattern and establish himself as a runner before being brought down by contact; initially the play had been ruled a catch and fumble, but it was overturned. A scary moment for Olsen followed when, after the offense was set up near the goal line, Newton targeted him on a post pattern. Olsen's knee buckled at an awkward angle and his reaction seemed to indicate a serious injury. However, the tight end was seen warming up and looking spry at the beginning of the second half and was reportedly fine to return if needed. With the game in hand as it was, however, the coaching staff opted not to risk Olsen further.
2015 Week 15 vs NYG (8 / 6 / 79 / 1 rec)
Despite the many defensive conundrums the Giants faced against a versatile Carolina offense, one they did not shy away from was limiting Greg Olsen's involvement. The New Jersey native was kept under wraps with high-low coverage at times from the Giants, who were able to break up a couple of targets intended for Olsen, including a sideline pass that looked to have been caught on first glance. Olsen found more joy in the two-minute drill, when he and Cam Newton connected on a pair of quick passes between the numbers. Olsen capped his performance with a touchdown on a well-designed play. Borrowing from the naked bootleg concept the offense has used to convert short yardage plays in previous weeks, Olsen faked a block inside before leaking out for a corner route. Newton had booted to the same side and lofted a perfect pass into his tight end's stride, who had only to finish the play and find the end zone.
2015 Week 16 vs ATL (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen seemed to be affected by the malaise that hovered over the entire Panthers offense, unable to exert his usual influence on proceedings. Olsen and his quarterback connected early on some quick, timing throws between the hashes. Even when Olsen made the catch, however, he was quickly corralled by a disciplined Atlanta defense. Olsen - as well as the rest of the receiving corps ñ had trouble finding open spots downfield and had to settle for short completions. As the pressure ramped up on Cam Newton late in the game, his two targets in Olsen's direction were incomplete, with pass rush the primary culprit.
2015 Week 17 vs TB (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
While Greg Olsen was lined up in his traditional spots all over the formation, he was not the focus of the passing attack against Tampa Bay. Instead, Newton targeted his outside receivers and relied on a steady dose of the ground game. After the Buccaneers had early success blitzing Newton, Olsen was often asked to stay in to block as an H-back, limiting his pass routes run. He had an excellent play to stop at the sideline and give his quarterback an easy read on a scramble drill. Later, he was stopped a yard shy of the end zone on a questionable pass zipped between defenders from Newton. Olsen burned a Tampa Bay defender on a seam pattern in the second half and drew a defensive pass interference penalty that kept the offense on schedule.
2014 Week 1 vs TB (11 / 8 / 83 / 1 rec)
Tampa Bay head coach Lovie Smith drafted Greg Olsen in the first round during his reign in Chicago - and his former player was instrumental in the Panthers' raid on Tampa for a precious road victory. With quarterback Derek Anderson running the offense true to its conception, Olsen was often his first read, operating with equal effectiveness in the short, intermediate and deep ranges of the field. As an in-line tight end, the Panthers took advantage of the Bucs' aggressive linebackers off play action as Olsen sneaked in behind them for chunks of yardage. The Panthers' first touchdown followed this script as the Bucs' linebackers bit hard on a well-executed play fake by Anderson to full back Mike Tolbert. Olsen slow played it, and then burst between the Bucs' defensive backfield for an easy pitch and catch in the back of the end zone. Olsen provided a clutch element that the backup quarterback Anderson needed to settle him down. Indeed, the pairing could have hooked up for another touchdown in the second half. Anderson located Olsen streaking down the seam against Tampa-2 coverage, seeing the middle linebacker Mason Foster did not have enough depth. Anderson floated a pass to Olsen but put a little bit too much on it for the tight end to haul in. Olsen was a safe target throughout and should retain a key role in this offense.
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.
2014 Week 5 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 72 / 2 rec)
The keystone of the Carolina offense came up trumps against his old team, consistently finding room to roam over the middle of the field with subtle head fakes and veteran savvy. The leading receiver on the day and clearly Cam Newton's most trusted target, Olsen earned his keep in the red zone with a pair of scores. The Panthers often line up Olsen split out a yard from the offensive tackle on either side and have him take advantage of linebackers and safeties down the seam. Olsen read the coverage well on his first touchdown catch, subtly shoving the defender aside and extending his body to reel in a nicely zipped pass from Newton. Olsen continued to be a force all over the field and ate up chunks of yardage. He capped a terrific outing with a second touchdown reception. Lined up as an in-line tight end, Olsen had a free release off the snap and got in front of the Bears defender for what turned out to be an easy pitch and catch. Olsen personified the Panthers' effort in this comeback victory and bounced back strongly after his only quiet statistical game of the season last week.
2014 Week 6 vs CIN (11 / 6 / 62 / 1 rec)
Old reliable Greg Olsen hardly put a foot wrong despite coming into the game with a sore ankle, gliding around the field and finding open areas to exploit the Cincinnati defense. Operating in the intermediate range of the field, Olsen craftily found open zones and presented a big target to Newton despite clearly struggling at times with his ankle. Olsen tacked on a touchdown on a play that Carolina has run before to good effect, a backside tight end screen. Olsen intentionally got lost in the shuffle off a bootleg right, sneaking into the left flat and finishing for an easy touchdown catch.
2014 Week 7 vs GB (8 / 8 / 105 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen proved to be the only silver lining for the Panthers offense on what was a gloomy day in Lambeau Field. Finding space between defenders against zone coverage, Olsen made it look easy and the chemistry with his quarterback was evident on many timing patterns over the middle. The caveat to Olsen's team-leading eight receptions is that the majority came when the Panthers were in catch-up mode, with Newton and Olsen hooking up in the two-minute drill. Olsen did most of his damage down the seam, boxing out defenders and splitting the Packers coverage to keep the chains moving.
2014 Week 8 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)
In an uncharacteristically quiet outing, Greg Olsen simply failed to accrue his usual number of targets to make a significant impact on what was a rather lethargic passing attack. The Panthers leaned on their usual array of plays to get Olsen the football: the tight end screen, the backside pass off a boot action and simple checkdowns in the flat. Olsen was only able to haul in one catch on such targets, however, owing in large part to the discipline Seattle showed defensively. The Seahawks coverage buzzed around the football constantly and seemed to have a beat on the Panthers' plays. Olsen suffered, but his role as an in-line blocker also hurt his receiving numbers; with Carolina's offensive line down two starters and with both Byron Bell and Nate Chandler missing snaps in this game due to injury, the tight end's presence as a blocker was needed.
2014 Week 9 vs NO (4 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
With the Panthers offense sputtering the entire game, Greg Olsen was not able to be the chain-moving reliable target he is used to being. A patchwork offensive line failed to protect Cam Newton and Olsen was often asked to stay in and chip defenders, eliminating his threat in the passing game. With Newton misfiring and the Saints covering the underneath throws very well, Olsen was limited to only scraps. His best catch was an adjustment on a sideline throw for an 11-yard gain, but the lack of consistency in this offense is beginning to hurt him.
2014 Week 10 vs PHI (7 / 6 / 119 / 0 rec)
Olsen is the one source of consistency for this offense. Olsen put in a workman like performance just as he has throughout the season, averaging just under 20 yards per catch and 6 receptions. Olsen dominated the seem of the field but also showed the athleticism necessary to beat defensive backs outside the numbers. Olsen is Newton's security blanket and will continue to be a safe play with occasional extremely productive games.
2014 Week 11 vs ATL (11 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Suffering as a result of the Panthers' putrid offensive display, Greg Olsen nonetheless did his part. Thriving over the middle on quick-hitting passes early, Olsen and Newton seemed to be getting into a groove. However, a series of third down failures stopped that progress dead. Newton targeted Olsen on a 7-route against tight coverage, but the tight end just couldn't haul in the pass as it hit off his fingertips.
2014 Week 13 vs MIN (9 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen's fortunes continue to go as this offense goes: in other words, not very well. Olsen and his quarterback riffed well in the two-minute drill and no huddle against the Vikings, but in general Olsen was policed well by a strong defensive effort from Minnesota as they were intent on not allowing the consistent tight end to beat them. That Olsen finished the game as the leading receiver with a mere 59 yards says a lot about the sorry state of a Panthers offense that, quite frankly, has no teeth. Olsen, due to his unselfishness as a blocker, has seen his opportunities wane in recent weeks; the trend looks unlikely to change as long as this offensive line continues to struggle.
2014 Week 14 vs NO (11 / 10 / 72 / 1 rec)
It proved to be another consistent performance for Cam Newton-s favourite target. On a day the Panthers offense finally came to life, Olsen was instrumental in its success. The tight end gave Newton a big target between the hashes early on and hooked up with his quarterback on some simple timing throws to establish a rhythm. Olsen produced arguably one of the finest catches of his career, a sprawling one-handed effort as he was falling to the turf in the flat. It only resulted in a minimal gain, but it was highly impressive. Olsen continued to be a thorn in the side of the flagging New Orleans defense as he was peppered with passes. Olsen-s solid play was rewarded when another defensive lapse cost the Saints. Lined up in-line in a heavy set, Olsen sneaked behind the Saints coverage into the end zone for an easy pitch-and-catch touchdown. The play fake was well executed by Newton, but the eye discipline of the Saints - or lack thereof - allowed Olsen to sneak in behind to cap an excellent performance.
2014 Week 15 vs TB (13 / 10 / 110 / 0 rec)
A constant thorn in the Buccaneers' side throughout, Greg Olsen worked the short and intermediate patterns to perfection. It was a clear emphasis of the Panthers' game plan to feed Olsen early and often, not only to get Derek Anderson into a rhythm but also because the matchup against the Tampa Bay linebackers and safeties was one they felt they could exploit. They were right; Olsen dominated the one-on-one matchups and Tampa Bay had no answer to Olsen's subtlety in his route-running and soft hands. The timing was excellent between he and Anderson; the ball was exactly where it needed to be time and again. Lined up wide, Olsen was a threat on outside breaking routes, where he once again gained position on the trailing defender. In one of his most complete games of the season, Olsen performed a key role in the Carolina victory.
2014 Week 16 vs CLE (3 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Although it may have been a disappointing day in terms of numbers for Olsen, his impact on the offense was tremendous. Acting as a lead blocker on Cam Newton's touchdown run in the first half, Olsen provided the escort to the end zone as Newton booted right. His lone reception came on a quick pass into the flat that he turned up field for a 20+ yard gain. The Browns made a concerted effort to take Olsen out of the equation in the passing game, with the returning Karlos Dansby a major factor in buzzing underneath the tight end.
2014 Week 17 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen connected with Cam Newton immediately on a well executed 18-yard seam route against a blitz on the first offensive play of the game; it would set the tone for a controlled, mature display by the Panthers offense. Olsen got inside position and the pass was accurate and on time. The subsequent play - a simple quick out - took Olsen over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. The game script heavily favoured Carolina from that point, allowing the offense to play it closer to the vest and affording Olsen fewer opportunities. His only other target was broken up after a pressured Newton couldn't set his feet and left the football a little too far inside for Olsen to adjust on an out-breaking route to the sidelin
2014 Week 18 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
With the passing attack as a whole struggling, leading target Greg Olsen wasn't able to get into a rhythm. Cam Newton was scattershot with his accuracy throughout and with Olsen being asked to protect more owing to the Arizona blitz threat, his numbers suffered. Olsen found some real estate to work with between the hashes and on quick, out-breaking routes but found little joy, with the Cardinals playing disciplined defense against him.
2014 Week 19 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
Normally a catalyst for this offense, Greg Olsen did not register his first reception until the third quarter, with Seattle's disciplined display in the back end taking away the tight end. It was clear the Panthers were reticent to leave their offensive line out to dry with deeper drops, so they utilised more short routes, hoping to get the ball out quickly. Even so, Olsen was either kept in as a blocker, effectively making his presence felt on a couple of nice Jonathan Stewart runs. Newton connected with Olsen on a beautiful pass down the seam late in the game, putting it between three Seattle defenders to lay it into Olsen's outstretched palms.
2013 Week 1 vs SEA (10 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Carolina's lack of depth at wide receiver in the last couple of seasons has vaulted tight end Greg Olsen into a prominent role in the offense. After a solid, if sometimes sloppy, opening stanza against the Seahawks, that trend looks likely to continue for the former Miami product. Olsen lined up all over the field and did his damage both from an in-line position and split out as the single receiver in three-by-one bunch sets, where Olsen was isolated on a linebacker or cornerback. Quarterback Cam Newton riffed with Olsen early and delivered an inch-perfect pass down the seam, only for Olsen to allow the football to come loose after he had initially made a diving reception. Undeterred, Newton did not shy away from peppering his big tight end with passes, targeting him on a quick slant in the red zone. The pass was thrown a few inches too high for Olsen to make the grab in traffic, but Newton clearly trusts his tight end in these clutch situations. Olsen was able to get open with some smooth route-running, showcased on a seamless 27-yard catch on a deep dig. New offensive coordinator Mike Shula also called a tight end screen pass, but Seattle snuffed out the danger to force Newton to throw the football into the grass.
2013 Week 2 vs BUF (8 / 7 / 84 / 1 rec)
Olsen was the team's leading receiver in terms of catches as well as yards, providing Cam Newton a reliable target all over the field. His first catch came on a play-action fake on third down, where Olsen snuck out from the right side of the formation, working his way across the field and catching a lobbed Newton pass into the left flat for 31 yard gain. On third down from their own 40, Greg caught a short four yard out route to move the chains. On a quick hitting play-action fake, Olsen caught a three yard pass in the left flat. Olsen drew a defensive holding penalty with 1:18 left in the half, picking up five and setting up first down. The subsequent play was another short out route to Olsen, picking up five toward the right side of the field. Olsen's touchdown came with fifteen seconds left in the half, crossing over the middle and catching the thirteen-yarder in traffic. Newton broke a tackle in the backfield, stayed on his feet, scrambled to the right, and was able to deliver the ball to a sliding Olsen for thirteen yards, and a first down, near the right sideline. Another catch for Greg on play-action dumpoff up the left sideline, Olsen leaked out of the backfield. The play totaled fifteen yards and a first down. Greg Olsen was a reliable target for Newton on Sunday. He did his job, averaging twelve yards a catch. No one will compare him to Jimmy Graham, but he's an above average receiving tight end, and his game on Sunday was further proof to support this claim.
2013 Week 3 vs NYG (8 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
With 26 targets through three games ranking third among all tight ends, Greg Olsen continues to play a significant role in the Carolina passing offense. The sure-handed tight end was lined up all over the formation as in previous weeks, including at split end, and proved a reliable target for Cam Newton, especially in the two-minute drill. The two continue to build a strong chemistry, with timing patterns their forte. With the Giants playing a two deep safety look, Olsen was able to work the underneath routes he excels at and work off the defender's leverage to find the open zones. An early seam pattern target for Olsen appeared to be well covered by New York's secondary, but Olsen showed some good burst out of his stance nonetheless. What continues to stand out week after week about the athletic tight end is his ability to snag passes that are wayward; on one play, Newton was unable to step into his throw, but Olsen managed to use his large frame to shield the football from a defender draped all over his back and secure the reception. In an improved outing from the Carolina offense, Greg Olsen continued to prosper despite his modest box score totals.
2013 Week 5 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 79 / 0 rec)
Boasting a yards-per-catch total of 20.1, the former first round pick Ted Ginn Jr. continues to impress in Carolina colours. Offensive coordinator Mike Shula has steadily integrated him into three-wide sets as a dangerous option for defenses to account for in the slot. In the two-minute drill, Cam Newton fired a pass between the hash marks to Ginn, who turned on the jets and seemed to surprise the Cardinals defense with his change of gear. Ginn was also able to break a nice 15-yard gain on a wide receiver screen pass. With a convoy of blockers ahead ñ and the Cardinals bringing interior pressure on third down ñ the play call was perfect and Ginn took full advantage. An underthrown pass down the sideline to Ginn in the third quarter fell harmlessly short as he and Newton seemed to be on different wavelengths ñ Newton perhaps expecting his receiver to run a fade-type pattern. The chemistry between the pair is building nicely, but Ginn has some refinement to do on his route-running before he can overtake Brandon LaFell.
2013 Week 6 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
While maintaining a near every-down role in the offense, Greg Olsen had a quiet outing as the Panthers overwhelmed Minnesota. As Cam Newton settled into a rhythm early on, Olsen was a mere peripheral figure and was rarely even looked at by his quarterback. The Panthers' offensive game plan was designed to use the Vikings' pass rush against them to mask the weakness of the Carolina offensive line. As such, draws and screens - a play Greg Olsen gained 10 yards on in the third quarter after a stellar piece of improvisation by Newton - were prominent in Mike Shula's play calls. With the game script dictating fewer pass attempts - and with Olsen generally a player who thrives in two-minute and comeback situations ñ he simply lacked the opportunity to make a mark on this game. Late on, he managed to stretch the seam of the Vikings defense and found an opening, but Newton slightly overthrew the big tight end.
2013 Week 7 vs STL (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Despite struggling to practice all week with an injury, Greg Olsen showed no ill effects. He corralled a beautiful seam pass from Newton early on, the football hitting him right in his hands, and made a couple of tacklers miss with nifty sidesteps. Newton continued to look Olsen's way even when his big tight end was covered, and almost hit him down the seam late on, only for a Rams defender to come across late and deliver a shot to Olsen. With the game script as slanted towards the running game as it was (38 rushing attempts to 17 passing attempts), there simply wasn't the opportunity for a bigger statistical outing from Olsen.
2013 Week 8 vs TB (4 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)
A three-catch performance is in keeping with Greg Olsen's paucity of targets recently, as a combination of Cam Newton's improved play and the success of the Panthers rushing attack has led to fewer opportunities in the passing game. It is not that Olsen is playing poorly; rather, he is staying in as a blocker more often and in general Newton is targeting Steve Smith and other receivers in his stead. With the Panthers set up on the goal line in a heavy set, Olsen managed to reel in Newton's first of two touchdown passes. The tight end ran a shallow crossing pattern and managed to sneak away from the attentions of the Tampa Bay in coverage. Newton's improvisational skill with a blitzer in his face allowed the play to happen, as he lofted a pass to Olsen wide open in the left side of the end zone. Olsen's involvement in the passing game will surely see a bump when the Panthers are forced to get away from their game plan in closer games; unfortunately for his fantasy owners, this was not one of them.
2013 Week 9 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 66 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen returned to relevance this week after a quiet outing in Tampa Bay, proving a reliable target for Cam Newton throughout. Olsen was primarily utilised as a check down option, and ran mainly out-breaking routes, rarely testing the seam or stretching the defense deep. This strategy was presumably to counter Atlanta's aggressive blitzes, which they unleashed early on to decent effect. In the two-minute drill at the end of the first half, Olsen reeled in a beautiful 23-yard pass along the sideline. On fourth-and-one on the 14-yard line in the second quarter, Olsen caught Newton's first touchdown pass. Olsen sold a run block to the nearest Atlanta defender and quickly sprinted out to the right along with Newton, who executed the bootleg to perfection. With no Atlanta defender within 10 yards of him, Olsen did the necessary. Olsen will be a bigger factor in the offense if the Panthers are forced into more passing situations but, as with the last few games, they didn't have to against the Falcons.
2013 Week 10 vs SF (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
In a close, hard-fought game Greg Olsen recorded only one reception ñ and that came on a deflected Cam Newton pass that should have been intercepted by linebacker Navorro Bowman. Olsen gratefully received the batted ball after it flew into the air, landing in his bread basket. Neither passing offense was able to establish any rhythm as defenses dominated the day. Newton attempted to get the football to Olsen on a sideline shot in the first quarter, but a scattershot Newton missed it high and left as he struggled with accuracy in the opening stages. Olsen continued to attack the seam on third down when the Panthers were in obvious passing situations, but Newton continued to play it safe and go with the underneath completions against a salty Niners defense. Olsen was targeted on a deep pass down the left sideline in the fourth quarter, but he was well covered and although he caught it, he couldn't find the room to get his second foot down in bounds.
2013 Week 11 vs NE (8 / 5 / 52 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen made his presence felt in the passing game more than last week's outing in Candlestick Park. Olsen was moved all over the formation in an effort to get him matched up against cornerbacks and linebackers. Newton targeted Olsen on a red-zone fade route at one point, but the coverage forced Newton to throw it high and wide of his tight end. On third down Olsen was able to work the sidelines with crisp routes to find soft spots in the Patriots' two-deep coverages. An accurate Newton fizzed the football into Olsen time and again, who excelled on out patterns. Olsen reeled in Newton's second touchdown pass of the game to cap an impressive drive. Lined up in a stacked alignment with Brandon LaFell, Olsen forced the defender in coverage to open his hips and then broke for the pylon on a deep out. Newton found him on time and accurately as he had all game long to that point for a beautiful hook-up. With the Panthers' rushing attack as anemic as it was, Olsen's targets in the passing game were bound to see a bump ñ and he delivered with an excellent display of sure hands and smooth route-running.
2013 Week 12 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 34 / 1 rec)
With Miami unabashedly sending blitz after blitz as it became obvious the Panthers offensive line was struggling, Greg Olsen was kept in as an extra blocker more often than usual and, as a result, wasn't as much of a factor in the passing game. Olsen did most of his work within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, providing Cam Newton with a reliable check down when the opportunity presented itself. Showing good chemistry throughout, Newton connected with Olsen on a pinpoint pass between three defenders in the middle of the field, Olsen settling down nicely to present a big target for his quarterback. Olsen was targeted on slower developing routes at other points, but Newton simply didn't have the time to get the ball to his tight end, or sailed it over his head and out of bounds, opting not to risk a throw into coverage that could be intercepted. However, Newton found plenty of time to hit a wide open Olsen in the waning seconds to score what would be the game-winning touchdown. Set up on the goal line in a three-point stance, Olsen got a clean release and ran a corner route, leaving the defender in his wake for an easy pitch and catch.
2013 Week 13 vs TB (7 / 5 / 85 / 0 rec)
The leading receiver against Tampa Bay, Greg Olsen proved his usual reliable self for quarterback Cam Newton. Doing most of his damage within 15 yards of the line of scrimmage, Olsen presented a big target for Newton time and time again. Using his big frame to box out defenders, he made a pair of contested catches, displaying his excellent ball-tracking and soft hands. Olsen and Newton showed perfect chemistry and timing on a key third down conversion in the red zone, as Olsen came back to the football to shield a defender. Olsen was not targeted in the red zone as he has been in recent weeks, but contributed much more in the passing attack with the ground game stagnant throughout.
2013 Week 14 vs NO (12 / 8 / 40 / 0 rec)
With the Panthers offense having to open things up as they trailed in the Superdome, Greg Olsen was utilised more often as a receiver split out wide. Olsen was targeted down the seam on a couple of occasions, but both times the football was thrown slightly too far for Olsen to reel in, with the Saints' coverage forcing Cam Newton to thread the needle. With the Carolina offense taking small chunks of yardage, Olsen became a factor as a check down option for his quarterback, and presented a nice target when he got open with subtle moves against the New Orleans linebackers. However, after the catch Olsen offered little in the way of moves to get free, and his high volume of targets was a consequence of the game script more than anything else.
2013 Week 15 vs NYJ (8 / 5 / 88 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen continues to relish in his role as Cam Newton's top downfield target. Olsen routinely exploited New York's linebackers and safeties as he found open space all over the field. Early in the second quarter, Olsen ran a deep post route and secured a 27-yard gain. Olsen got behind safety, Dawan Landry and effortlessly jumped and caught the pass. Late in the third quarter, Olsen picked on the much smaller Kyle Wilson and toasted him for a 23-yard gain down the right sideline. Overall, Olsen creates so many match-up issues in terms of size and speed. He's absolutely fearless after the catch as he punished New York defenders by lowering his shoulder and inviting contact. This notion was on full display this afternoon.
2013 Week 16 vs NO (7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Of Cam Newton's 13 completions on what was a poor day for the Carolina offense save for the final drive, four went to Greg Olsen. In truth, Olsen could have added to his modest 35-yard tally had Newton been able to deliver the football more accurately. The quarterback was hobbled early on with an ankle injury and seemed unable to push off to generate power and direction on his passes. Nevertheless, Olsen showed his reliability in tight quarters on more than one occasion, none more important than his 14-yard reception in the waning moments. Olsen ran a nice stick and nod route -- a typical pattern for tight ends down the seam - and boxed out the two defenders draped on him to make a tough catch. Conservative play-calling from Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula kept Olsen in as a blocker often, while he was mainly targeted as a check down option otherwise. Newton came within inches of laying the ball into Olsen's hands on a seam route, but the tight end couldn't make the acrobatic play.
2013 Week 17 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 42 / 1 rec)
Carolina's top target against Atlanta, Greg Olsen showed why Cam Newton trusts in him so much. Time and time again Newton was under pressure in the pocket, but when he didn't run himself his first instinct was to find No 88. Invariably Olsen found the soft spot in the Falcons' zone or managed to box out the defender in man coverage and present a target to his quarterback. Olsen reeled in Newton's second touchdown pass, a beautiful zipped ball low and hard in the red zone. Olsen kept himself available to receive the football as Newton bought time in the pocket, eventually settling down for the pass to be delivered.
2013 Week 19 vs SF (6 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen proved his usually reliable self, announcing his formidable presence early with a beautiful hands catch. Olsen was utilised more and more as a pass catcher running routes in this clash, eschewing the normal blocking duties with the return of Ben Hartsock and, to a lesser extent, rookie Brandon Williams. Newton and Olsen were on the same wavelength on a terrific seam pattern for 35 yards later; Olsen worked to get inside leverage on the two-deep safety, bending his route inside so that his quarterback could zip it into his midsection. Newton delivered an inch-perfect pass, but Olsen's savvy in finding the open area was an example of veteran tight end play. Otherwise Olsen was largely kept in check by a disciplined 49ers pass defense that kept passing lanes.
2012 Week 1 vs TB (7 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was the dependable outlet for Newton all game long against a Tampa Bay defense that would not allow the big play. Olsen astutely found the soft spots in Cover-2 and consistently escaped from man coverage underneath when the Bucs mixed it up. Showing soft hands, running good routes and being a nuisance for the Bucs was his game. Olsen did not produce any explosive plays, but his impact on this offense will be felt and he could reach the top-10 TE region if he continues to see consistent targets.
2012 Week 2 vs NO (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Unlike last week when Greg Olsen was the target of underneath throws, this week the Panthers ran the football effectively and Olsen's main involvement was blocking downfield. Olsen's only reception came on a crossing pattern off a QB rollout. He is a back-up TE for all intents and purposes.
2012 Week 3 vs NYG (14 / 7 / 98 / 0 rec)
With the downfield passing game not clicking, Newton settled for a lot of underneath passes as the game got out of hand. Greg Olsen was the beneficiary, much like his role in Week 1 against Tampa Bay. Olsen made some tremendous catches, including a diving reception between the hashes for a 23-yard gain. Olsen, although not dynamic, showed good tackle-breaking ability on one catch and run. Overall, Olsen is a decent low-end TE1 who will see his value rise and fall depending on the game situation.
2012 Week 4 vs ATL (7 / 6 / 89 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen was a favorite target of Cam Newton against the Falcons, getting open with ease and being used all over the field. Olsen was lined up as a WR for his lone touchdown. Smith drew the coverage from the slot, as Olsen ran a short hitch route. Newton found him quickly and Olsen broke a tackle to finish the job. The Panthers use Olsen in various ways to exploit match-ups, and he thrives in these situations. Late in the game, Olsen - again lined up wide - blew past the CB in coverage and caught a 20+ yard pass in stride. If Olsen continues to be a factor as a weapon inside and outside the numbers, this pass offense can reach new heights.
2012 Week 5 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 37 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen, after being a favourite target of Cam Newton for the past few weeks, seemed to be on the periphery from the beginning of this game. With the entire offense unable to get a rhythm, Olsen was not targeted until the fourth quarter. He caught consecutive passes for 10+ yards - one on a seam pattern, the other on a backside crossing route as the defense was sucked one way by play action. Olsen was given blocking assignments for a great deal of the game and had very little impact on a day when Cam Newton and the Panthers offense struggled mightily.
2012 Week 7 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was not much of a factor in this football game, mainly being utilised as a blocker and outlet receiver. Olsen's best contribution was a 14-yard reception on an out pattern late in the game. In another up and down outing for Carolina's offense, Olsen was the one who had to suffer this week.
2012 Week 8 vs CHI (5 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Olsen was targeted five times in the first half and then never again in the game--an odd choice for a team which needs athletic players to make some plays. He was the intended target on Cam Newton's second quarter interception. On the play, Olsen was out near the sideline and Newton was under pressure. Newton threw a very soft, pretty short pass towards Olsen. It isn't clear if he thought Olsen would come back for it and the tight end probably should have considering the duress his quarterback was under. Regardless, Tim Jennings made an incredible diving catch to intercept the ball.
2012 Week 9 vs WAS (9 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was a reliable short to intermediate target for Newton as per usual, working the deep out, the curl and the square-in to great effect to present a big pass-catching target. Olsen also demonstrated his effectiveness as a run blocker on some outside sweep runs, allowing his running backs to get the edge. Olsen continues to be a #2 target in this passing attack, but with the passing offense not required as much in this game due to the Panthers' lead and a below average number of plays, his role was limited.
2012 Week 10 vs DEN (10 / 9 / 102 / 2 rec)
Greg Olsen registered a pair of touchdowns on a day where he represented the lone bright spot for the Panthers' offense. The Broncos' coverage kept the receivers under wraps, but Olsen managed to get free by running good routes and getting separation. Olsen defeated the Broncos' zone coverage for a few big catches early on, including a 27-yard catch on a blown coverage. He finished that same drive with a touchdown, sneaking out the back side after he faked a block in the red zone - it looked like a designed play. It worked to perfection. After this point, the Panthers' offense began to struggle mightily; they didn't convert a single third down in the period from Olsen's first touchdown until the fourth quarter. Olsen recorded a few more receptions with mere minutes remaining to boost his numbers, but finished strong with another touchdown. The play was a crossing route in the red zone; Olsen managed to slip away from the LB in coverage and reached the ball out over the goal line for the score. What is unfortunate is that had the Panthers' offense been able to click, this may have been a much bigger day for Olsen.
2012 Week 11 vs TB (6 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Continuing to operate as the clear number two option behind Steve Smith in the progressions of quarterback Cam Newton, Greg Olsen was his usual steady self. Newton has eyes for Olsen in the red zone and had the trust in him to throw up a pass as Olsen made a beeline for the back pylon. Defensive pass interference was called on SS Mark Barron, who couldn't adjust to the ball, but Olsen would have caught it otherwise. Olsen was utilised in bunch sets quite often in an attempt to 'rub' defenders in man coverage; this formation worked a treat on a 32-yard seam pattern. Olsen ran by the covering defensive backs like they didn't exist and boxed out the FS by making a tremendous leaping grab. Where Olsen served as a safety valve for his quarterback last season, this season he has developed into a multi-faceted weapon.
2012 Week 12 vs PHI (5 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was kept quiet for the majority of this game as the Panthers often kept him in to block. When he went out in patterns, he was limited to short gains apart from a 23-yard catch on a corner route that was perfectly lofted by Newton. Olsen's hot streak may have come to an end, but the Panthers' offensive line struggles meant that Olsen had to at least chip on defensive ends, disrupting the timing of his patterns.
2012 Week 13 vs KC (4 / 1 / 47 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen only caught one pass, but it went for a 47-yard touchdown. Olsen ran a seam route off a great play fake by Newton. The nickel CB, who had responsibility in zone for cushioning Olsen's route and carrying it up the field to the safety, bit hard. Olsen had real estate behind him and Newton tossed a lovely floated pass into his stride. Olsen showed off his breakaway speed to reach the pylon for the touchdown. With the Panthers aware of the Chiefs' edge rushing threat, Olsen was kept in to block for the majority of snaps, hence his lack of receptions. In the second half, Olsen was targeted on a sail route off play action - and did get open - but the pass came a half-second too late.
2012 Week 14 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 55 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen announced his presence early, grabbing a beautiful Cam Newton pass in the end zone that was lofted perfectly over the trailing S for a touchdown. Olsen used his six-foot-four frame to reach above the S and Newton trusted him to come down with it. Olsen was quiet for the majority of the game after that catch, and did not garner as many targets as he had in previous weeks. Instead, as Newton fed the football to the in-form Steve Smith, Olsen was left as the second or third option in the progression. In the second half, Newton connected with Olsen on a key third down for 18 yards. Off play action, Olsen snaked behind the LB in coverage and dove for a nice grab.
2012 Week 15 vs SD (9 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)
Olsen was able to get open almost at will, and one got the sense that if the Chargers could have kept this a game, Olsen would have put up a monster stat line. As it was, nearly all of his damage came in the first half when he worked the sidelines and middle of the field to perfection. Unfortunately for Olsen owners, with the team leading by 21 at the half and 31 by the beginning of the fourth quarter, head coach Ron Rivera kind of took the air out of the ball and looked to a very run-heavy approach with some conservative passes thrown in here and there. It was good for the Panthers, but it was not exactly a formula for huge fantasy passing success.
2012 Week 16 vs OAK (7 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen continued his strong campaign with another couple of highlight reel plays. His rapport with Cam Newton seems to go from strength to strength. In particular, a crossing pattern that Olsen caught between two defenders on a peach of a pass from Newton was stunning. Olsen's lone mental error was a dropped pass between the numbers on a seam route; unopposed, and with no defender in the area, he simply dropped it, although it wasn't an ideal pass. Although Olsen's yardage total was not eye-popping, his reliable hands and crisp route-running make him the perfect target for a quarterback who is still maturing.
2012 Week 17 vs NO (5 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen maintained his rapport with Cam Newton, even if the numbers in the box score do not suggest this was the case. When Newton needed a check-down option, Olsen was always available. Olsen almost got into the end zone when a 10-yard catch and run fell just short of the goal line. In the second half, Newton showed the trust he has in Olsen when he threw a pass down the seam between defenders to his tight end. Olsen duly obliged with a catch, even though the pass from Newton was a little high.
2011 Week 1 vs ARI (6 / 4 / 78 / 0 rec)
The Panthers new acquisition made his presence felt in this TE-friendly offense. Olsen and Shockey often lined up together in two TE sets in this game, running routes in tandem to spots on the field to exploit the coverage. Olsen dropped a very catchable pass on a 3rd and 10 early, but made up for it later in the game with an explosive 43 yard effort. On the play, Newton threw a high ball up to his giant TE who came down with it, juked a defender and almost scored a touchdown. It showed the type of athletic play Olsen is capable of. If Newton can continue to deliver passes with accuracy like he did in this game, expect Olsen to be a huge part of this offense.
2011 Week 2 vs GB (4 / 1 / 34 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen started off this game like a house on fire as he caught a touchdown pass which was called back by penalty. Newton looked to him in the red zone for a second straight time following the penalty but the pass was a little out of his reach. Olsen showed his acceleration when he caught a beautiful pass in stride from Newton over the shoulder. It was a pretty play that set the team up in the red zone. In the second half, Newton focused more on the backs and Steve Smith and did not throw often to his tight ends. It is clear that the Newton/Olsen connection still needs fine tuning, but it could be special when it gets into full gear.
2011 Week 3 vs JAX (10 / 7 / 57 / 1 rec)
The trust and chemistry between Cam Newton and Greg Olsen grows each and every week. Their timing on quick passes is on an upward trend. Olsen presents a big, rangy target across the middle and out wide. Olsen was the target of several Newton passes, including a key catch off play action on third down on the game-winning drive. Olsen was utilised in the screen game, although he should have gained many more yards than he did on the play, opting to take it outside instead of following his blocks. Newton hit Olsen across the middle for a touchdown in the late fourth quarter. Olsen stuck his foot in the ground and separated quickly from the linebacker in coverage, caught the ball in stride and walked it in. Olsen showed his great leaping ability and strong hands on the ensuing two point conversion, high pointing Newton's pass, which was a perfect delivery by the QB.
2011 Week 4 vs CHI (7 / 5 / 50 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen, perhaps a little too eager in the early stages to make a promising start against his former team, was called for false start and holding penalties in the first quarter. He settled down as the game progressed though, and had a good catch on a dig route which was called back by a penalty. Newton relied on Olsen in the short to intermediate passing attack, especially in the two minute drill situations at the end of each half. Olsen finished the game with an impressive one handed TD reception in the dying seconds which he did not celebrate. He reached high into the air for a Newton pass, tipped it to himself and pulled it in for the score. Olsen is a trusted target for Cam Newton and this relationship will continue to blossom as time goes on.
2011 Week 5 vs NO (5 / 3 / 21 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen, owing to the Saints' constant and varied blitz packages, often lined up in the backfield as an extra pass protector, reducing the number of routes he ran. Olsen was involved as a receiver and sometimes flanked wide against a cornerback. He was targeted early in the end zone for what appeared to be a sure touchdown, but the pass was popped out by a defensive back. Later, Newton fired a rocket pass to Olsen, who was running a quick hitch route as far as the goal line, for a 5-yard touchdown. Olsen is a weapon the Panthers continue to find ways to use, but the presence of Jeremy Shockey limits the upside of the former Bear.
2011 Week 6 vs ATL (10 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was the target of two early passes from Newton - one on a dig route which was slightly underthrown and the other on a fade route in the red zone. Both fell incomplete. Olsen's role in this game mainly came as an outlet receiver against the blitz and as such he had few chances to make any explosive plays. Olsen added a couple of late catches in the two minute drill, but overall he simply failed to get going in this one. Jeremy Shockey's performance took some touches away from him as Newton seemed to favour Shockey for the most part.
2011 Week 7 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was only targeted twice in this game, one of which he caught. He did some good work in the trenches blocking for his backs, but had little to say in the passing game. This is the floor for Olsen however, so do not be discouraged if you own him. Better days are ahead in this high-octane passing game.
2011 Week 8 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 73 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen tore down the seam on a couple of occasions in this game, one of which went for a nice 15-yard catch. The second went for a 39-yard touchdown as Olsen got an excellent release off the line and beat the safety to the end zone with room to spare. Olsen's speed and solid hand use contributed to the touchdown catch. Olsen could have caught a game-winning touchdown with only a few seconds left on the clock but the pass was broken up at the last moment. This game had some very positive signs for Olsen's value going forward, but for now he is a decent tight end in the 10-15 range.
2011 Week 10 vs TEN (11 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was a frequent target of Cam Newton, who struggled to find any receivers open on the outside versus a stout Titans defensive backfield. However, Olsen fumbled a red zone catch to kill a Panthers drive early on in what was a momentum-changing play. The Titans played a lot of man coverage and successfully broke up some passes intended for Olsen. Olsen also had a poor drop on the sideline that could have set up a Panthers field goal prior to halftime. Olsen had an inconsistent game top to bottom, but the entire Panthers offense struggled.
2011 Week 11 vs DET (9 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)
Despite the Panthers being without Jeremy Shockey due to injury, Greg Olsen was not very involved in the passing game. Instead, Carolina kept Olsen in as a blocker to combat the Lions pass rush. Olsen was targeted deep down the field on a seam route, but the free safety had excellent coverage on the play. This was a quiet day for Olsen, but his lack of statistical production has more to do with the Panthers' offensive game plan than anything else.
2011 Week 12 vs IND (3 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec)
After a pre-game scare for Olsen, he ended up playing and looking fairly nimble and injury-free. Olsen's role was mostly limited to run blocking, but he made some short receptions as a third or fourth read for Newton. Olsen's lack of production in this game mostly came down to the Panthers' more conservative, run-oriented game plan.
2011 Week 13 vs TB (4 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen got some time late in the game as a de facto wide receiver, running some deep patterns and being targeted by Newton. Good coverage meant Olsen was unable to make the plays, but it is encouraging for his value. Olsen could have caught a touchdown pass in the red zone. Newton rolled right and threw a pass Olsen's way but Olsen was held by a defensive back. Olsen is a very athletic tight end but never seems to accumulate enough opportunities to make big plays and be a reliable TE1.
2011 Week 14 vs ATL (6 / 2 / 53 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen scored a nice touchdown on a 44-yard screen pass during which he weaved around defenders and followed blockers to pay dirt. Olsen was utilised as a hot route option for Newton against the blitz as well. Olsen was the target of a deep pass to the end zone on a 9-route as well but the pass was just out of his reach.
2011 Week 15 vs HOU (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen made one particularly nice catch in this game as Newton floated a pass to him on a wheel route. Olsen caught the ball as he was falling to the ground, but the placement of the ball - over the defender's hands - allowed the tight end to make the play. Olsen was also the recipient of a screen pass which went for negative yardage.
2011 Week 17 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was targeted only once and it would likely have been a touchdown had the Saints defensive back not pulled Olsen's arm. Pass interference was not called on the play. Olsen showed great speed down the sideline lined up as a wide receiver, but failed to pull the pass in for a score.
2010 Week 1 vs DET (6 / 4 / 37 / 0 rec)
Olsen's fantasy value was slightly better than useless this summer, so his performance in this game was quite a surprise. Despite the obvious 'Mike Martz doesn't use a TE' philosophy, Olsen still saw reasonable action in the short and medium passing game. The biggest threat to his production though is the poor play of the offensive line. Olsen frequently stayed in to help pass protect for Cutler, and a couple of his receptions were 'block and release' type plays where Olsen would hold the defender for a second, then release into the flat for the short dump off and break it for a medium gain. He's not the big-play threat that he has been in previous seasons and unless the Bears can better pass protect, he's not going to be a big fantasy threat. The Bears were not in the red zone much, but when they had first and goal from the half-yard line, the ran the ball three times for no gain. Olsen may emerge as a red-zone threat if this continues, but for now, his fantasy value remains minimal.
2010 Week 2 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 39 / 1 rec)
Olsen had only one catch against the Cowboys. On the play, Olsen lined up on the left side of the line of scrimmage and offered only a chip against a rushing defender before hauling in a quick 5 yard pass from Jay Cutler. Olsen turned upfield and split the defense on his way to a 39 yard touchdown. Otherwise, Olsen was utilized primarily as a pass blocker to keep Jay Cutler upright. Short routes that had previously gone to Olsen appeared to belong to Earl Bennett on Sunday.
2010 Week 3 vs GB (6 / 5 / 64 / 1 rec)
For a guy that was never supposed to be a part of Martz offense he sure looked good last night. Olsen was working the middle of the field and many times the packers were trying to cover him with a LB and that is always going to favor Olsen. He had a great touchdown catch on a short pass near the goal line where he slid under the defender and has the presence of mind to continue rolling into the end zone. Olsen sliced thru the middle of the defense and after Johnny Knox he looks like the most reliable receiver on the roster. A case could be made that he is the most reliable set of hands right now. Olsen looks like he has matured this season and is starting to come into his own. Chicago could just line him up as a WR and let him work the field. A great night for Olsen and his owners.
2010 Week 4 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec)
Olsen was the favorite receiver of the anemic Bears passing game. His longest reception came on a 19 yard back shoulder throw from Collins. Miscommunication between him and Cutler caused the Bears first interception. He was also the target on the Bears second interception but was badly missed by Todd Collins.
2010 Week 5 vs CAR (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was asked to block for most of the game as a consequence of the Bears lining up in two tight end sets and running the ball much more than they passed. This game was definitely an exception to the rule, as Collins' turned the Bears passing attack into something of a wasteland for receivers.
2010 Week 6 vs SEA (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Olsen really looked invisible in this game and had very few targets. He had some success early in the season for the Bears, but perhaps Mike Martz really does not appreciate Tight ends as he just got very few passes thrown his way and was not on the field very much
2010 Week 7 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Olsen continues to be an afterthought in the Mike Martz offense despite being productive most every time the ball comes his way. Olsen's numbers are suffering for two reasons. First, Martz likes his quarterbacks to get rid of the ball in a hurry, which doesn't allow the tight end to get off the line of scrimmage and in to a route in time. Second, quarterback Jay Cutler tends to favor throwing to receivers outside the hashmarks, an area where Olsen rarely goes. Regardless, after two games where he logged zero receptions, Olsen bounced back and was actually targeted on two successive plays deep down field. He converted the second target for a 23 yard gain and a first down. On the play, Olsen released from the line of scrimmage and ran down the seam before catching a well-placed ball on the run. Not surprisingly, it seems Olsen catches a pass like this most every week, making it a little surprising that the Bears don't utilize this route - and Greg Olsen - more often.
2010 Week 9 vs BUF (8 / 3 / 29 / 1 rec)
Despite leading the team in targets on Sunday with eight, Olsen only pulled in three of them for 29 yards and a touchdown (his first since Week 3 against Green Bay). Most of the 29 yards came on a 19-yard pass over the middle that Olsen took to the Bills' 5-yard line and actually set up the game-winning touchdown (and successive two-point conversion). The Bears had actually been running variations of the play all game (tight end and slot receiver slants and in-routes towards the middle of the field) --- even accounting for some of Olsen's unconverted targets -- but managed to successfully run it to perfection when it counted.
2010 Week 10 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 31 / 1 rec)
Olsen had an amazing two play sequence in this game. Olsen initially scored on a touchdown screen pass play that was called back for holding. He then scored again on a highly contested pass over the middle between 3 Viking defenders, as Cutler displayed his high level of confidence in OIsen to come down with the ball. Though Martz is thought to dislike TE's in his offense, Olsen has the skill set of a slot receiver and Martz could decide to use him in this way more often.
2010 Week 11 vs MIA (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
Looked great and did some real damage in the 2nd half. He had a terrific route where he ran about 10-15 yards up the middle and cut it sharp to the right and caught a big pass from Cutler and then managed to turn it up field and pick up more yards. Olsen looked great and was run blocking well too. The game plan limited his upside because Chicago wanted to pound the ball once they got the lead.
2010 Week 12 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 9 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen had just one pass thrown in his direction in Week 12 but he made the most of it, leaping over Eagles CB Dimitri Patterson at the back of the end zone to score a nine-yard touchdown in the third quarter.
2010 Week 13 vs DET (1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Olsen is used far too much in the blocking game to have real fantasy value. The Lions Dline was coming hard all game long, and Olsen had to be the 6th O-lineman, which severely limits his value. Look for him to contribute more in weeks in which Cutler isn't running for his life on every play
2010 Week 15 vs MIN (4 / 4 / 28 / 0 rec)
Quiet night for the most part. Last night was about the wide receivers for Chicago. He did have a red zone target in the 2nd half but was not able to come down with the football in the back of the end zone or his stats would have been a little bigger.
2010 Week 16 vs NYJ (3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Olsen contributed very little on the day other than a very nice one handed catch as he ran out of bounds. Cutler was scrambling and dumping the ball off. The ball was a bit low and away from Olsen but he made a nice grab and did a very good job of keeping his feet in as he went out of bounds. He also had a ball bounce out of his hands and into the arms of wide receiver Johnny Knox for a first down.
2010 Week 19 vs SEA (9 / 3 / 113 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen started off this game with a bang as he beat SS Lawyer Milloy for a 58 yard touchdown down the seam. Milloy never got out of his backpedal and did not transition to keep up with Olsen. The former University of Miami tight end then took a simple pass to the flat for 33 yards. Olsen showed off his considerable talent in the early stages of this game but he wasn't needed as the game progressed and the Bears took firm control.
2010 Week 20 vs GB (5 / 3 / 30 / 0 rec)
Olsen was barely heard from until Caleb Hanie took the field, unless you count his excellent play to break up what should have been a Cutler interception. Once Hanie entered the game, Olsen was productive, including a key third-down key to jumpstart the game's final drive for the Bears.
2009 Week 1 vs GB (6 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen was considered to be a sneaky TE1 to grab in most fantasy drafts, but those owners have to be concerned after watching Green Bay stifle him all game in Week 1. The 3-4 defensive scheme was keying on Olsen most of the game, rolling two linebackers or one LB and a defensive back to limit Olsen from getting open. With him facing double coverage nearly every down, Olsen was only to make one catch for just eight yards. The tests will continue next week as Chicago faces Pittsburgh, but it should be an interesting matchup given how well Bo Scaife did against the Steelers in Week 1.
2009 Week 2 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Olsen actually had the best day of any Bears receiver as a downfield target. He got open for a long pass in the first half, but Tyrone Carter walloped him in a double knockout reminiscent of the end of Rocky II. Olsen returned to the game, and took another hit from Carter later on to help key the Bears second TD drive. He also made the catch to get the team inside the 10 on that drive, and made a game-saving fumble recovery on the drive that led to the game-winning field goal.
2009 Week 3 vs SEA (6 / 5 / 44 / 1 rec)
So much for teams taking away Olsen, for he got open enough over the middle for Cutler to connect with Olsen several times against the Seahawks in Week 3. He was able to sneak out for a short pattern behind coverage on fourth and goal from the one yard line and grabbed an easy scoring pass. Olsen did not do much with the ball after the catch but his five grabs marked a season high and should boost his confidence going into a favorable matchup next week against Detroit.
2009 Week 4 vs DET (7 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Greg Olsen was blanketed in Week 4 against Detroit, getting only one catch despite seven targets against the Lions. Olsen made the most of his one grab, scoring on a goal line play where he was wide open at the back middle of the end zone as Detroit overplayed the run. Olsen was also open on another end zone chance but Jay Cutler's throw took him out of bounds on a fade to the left side of the end zone.
2009 Week 6 vs ATL (10 / 5 / 57 / 1 rec)
Leading into this game there had been some discussion about the Bears getting the ball to Greg Olsen more, and that effort was definitely made in week 6. This effort led to a season high 10 targets for Olsen (for 5 catches and a TD). The problem is that Jay Cutler often forced the ball to him even when he was well covered downfield. Early in the game, Olsen made a handful of short receptions, nothing fancy. However in the 2nd half he made a great downfield catch in double coverage in the 4th to take the Bears into the red zone. His TD catch came from a clean over the middle route. Defenses are clearly focusing on slowing down Olsen, the production is starting to come around and he should continue to be a difference maker at the TE position for his owners.
2009 Week 7 vs CIN (5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec)
Olsen was never a threat to break any long gains as most of his catches came close to the line of scrimmage. The Bengals tackled well, and they didn't give Cutler time to let downfield routes develop.
2009 Week 8 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Olsen provided a big target over the middle for Jay Cutler, often finding soft spots between the Cleveland linebackers and safeties. Cutler wasn't afraid to put the ball into double coverage and Olsen made sure-handed catches.
2009 Week 9 vs ARI (7 / 5 / 71 / 3 rec)
Olsen's first touchdown was a case of great communication between QB and receiver. He was tightly covered, but Cutler threw it to the perfect spot and Olsen went to the ball. He had 3 TD's in the game and each was a highlight reel catch. Bottom line is that he and Cutler have obviously developed a rapport that was lacking earlier in the season.
2009 Week 10 vs SF (10 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)
TE Greg Olsen was a big factor early in the game, catching three balls on nearly consecutive plays (one Matt Forte run between the first two) on a drive that spanned the end of the first quarter and into the second. Olsen's fast start appeared to foreshadow a big night for the big target, yet San Francisco made adjustments in coverage and Jay Cutler threw five interceptions on the night. Olsen was limited to just 20 yards and two catches after halftime as the 49ers covered him much better in the second half. Overall his 10 targets on the night shows that Cutler is certainly looking to get him the ball more and next week's matchup against the Eagles should provide plenty of opportunity for Olsen to have a big game.
2009 Week 11 vs PHI (12 / 6 / 42 / 0 rec)
Olsen has held in check in week 11 as QB Jay Cutler had trouble getting him the ball often downfield. Olsen finished with a team high 12 targets, but the Bears sputtering offense muted his value for the most part. When it became clear that Cutler was having trouble getting the ball downfield, he started working his favorite TE in short routes and bubble screens. All in all an average day for Olsen despite reeling in 6 catches.
2009 Week 12 vs MIN (8 / 7 / 45 / 0 rec)
Olsen was used as a safety valve for Cutler in this game, and his stats reflect the pressure that Cutler was on for the whole game. He led the team with seven receptions, but only two of them were for first downs, none of them were for more than nine yards and none of them were in the second half. Olsen was tackled almost immediately after making any reception, and struggled to get open for most of the game. Cutler spent most of the second half on his back, and Olsen wasn't even targeted on the few passes he was able to get off.
2009 Week 13 vs STL (2 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Like the rest of the Bears passing game, Olsen wasn't really needed today. His high value target came on a fake FG, but Olsen was tackled before he could get to the end zone. His other catch came as the hot read on a blitz. Olsen was open downfield when Cutler was throwing from his own end zone, but the throw was off. He should bounce back when the Bears have a more competitive opponent in the form of the Packers next week.
2009 Week 14 vs GB (5 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Olsen wasn't even really looked at until the second half, but he did have two chances to make plays downfield. On one, he took a hard hit that kept him from holding the ball after initially making the catch, and on the other, Cutler overthrew him. Cutler really seemed to have eyes for Aromashodu after many predicted that Olsen would become Cutler's favorite target this year.
2009 Week 15 vs BAL (5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Olsen was well-covered all day, including on his end zone fade on 4th and goal. He was double covered on some downfield throws and the Ravens seemed to make a concerted effort to take him away.
2009 Week 16 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 47 / 1 rec)
Olsen was targeted in the red zone frequently, wanting a flag when one end zone target was incomplete, and getting one when he was thrown to inside the five. Olsen scored on a slant when he was lined up as a wide receiver. He also broke tackles on multiple catches over the middle when lined up as a tight end. Olsen did have one bad moment when he didn't recognize that he was the hot read on a blitz and he wasn't a frequent target of Cutler, but he did damage in a key part of the field and continues to look like a player on the rise.
2009 Week 17 vs DET (8 / 5 / 94 / 1 rec)
Olsen finished the game as the leading Chicago receiver, and capped off his best season in the NFL. Three of his five receptions were for 20 yards or more, and his fourth reception was a seven yard TD strike. He made the catch despite two defenders covering him like a blanket. Cutler delivered a perfect strike and Olsen hauled it in for the TD. The majority of his production came in the second quarter, but he also came up big in the fourth quarter. Olsen went down the field on a bit crossing route and Cutler delivered a perfect strike to him. It set up first and goal from the five yard line and eventually led to Desmond Clark's TD.
2008 Week 1 vs IND (2 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Both of Olsen's grabs came on third down plays. His first helped set up a field goal near the end of the second half when his 29 yard catch took the ball down to the Indianapolis seven yard line with only 24 seconds left on the clock. Olsen's only other target went for a six yard gain on a third and two play in the third quarter.
2008 Week 2 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Olsen had a tough day against the Panthers; although he caught both of his targets he fumbled the ball away both times. The first of the fumbles wasn't very costly, however the second fumble set the Panthers up for a touchdown, beginning their comeback.
2008 Week 3 vs TB (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen didn't fumble the ball this week. He didn't get targeted for any long plays either. His only target of the second half was Kyle Orton avoiding a sack.
2008 Week 4 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 35 / 1 rec)
Olsen was targeted early and often and had arguably the best finishing stat line out of anyone in the teams receiving category. He ran hard, he blocked hard, and he looked like a wide receiver crossed with a ballet dancer during a 19 yard first quarter catch that was oh so close to being called out of bounds.
2008 Week 5 vs DET (3 / 3 / 87 / 0 rec)
Olsen caught a 52 yard reception opening the Bears' second drive, with no Detroit defender anywhere near him. Although only targeted twice more all game, Olsen made the most of his opportunities, catching both and ending the day with 87 yards.
2008 Week 6 vs ATL (8 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Olsen caught three of his seven targets for 41 yards. Kyle Orton targeted Olsen twice on jump balls in the endzone, both of which were into tight coverage. They made an effort to get Olsen the ball there, but he couldn't come down with one. As with Desmond Clark, Olsen was looked at frequently in both single and double tight end formations.
2008 Week 7 vs MIN (8 / 6 / 74 / 1 rec)
Olsen's first catch of the game came on a tipped ball, but he showed good concentration and brought it in for a gain of ten yards. Immediately after, Orton found Olsen down the middle of the field for an 18 yard touchdown. Olsen finished the day as Orton's second most targeted receiver, bringing in six of his seven targets for 74 yards and a touchdown.
2008 Week 9 vs DET (5 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Olsen had a quiet game, catching two passes for ten yards. On the Bears' second drive Olson was wide open on the goal line, but Orton slightly overthrew him.
2008 Week 10 vs TEN (5 / 5 / 40 / 0 rec)
Olsen brought in all of his targets for 40 yards against the Titans. In the fourth quarter, Olsen barely missed scoring a touchdown as he was tackled down at the one yard line.
2008 Week 11 vs GB (4 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Olsen finished as the Bears' leading receiver, catching all four of his targets for 45 yards. He continues to be one of Orton's most reliable targets, although he is still getting just as many looks as Clark.
2008 Week 12 vs STL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Olsen was only targeted twice, and was unable to bring either of them in.
2008 Week 13 vs MIN (5 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
TE Greg Olsen was quiet in the game. In the second half, he showed some hustle by tracking down LB Ben Leber after his interception and then managed to strip the ball away. Unfortunately for the Bears, the ball skipped out of bounds before OL John Tait could knock it back in bounds.
2008 Week 14 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 52 / 1 rec)
Greg Olson was targeted deep and short on the day. The touchdown was a veteran move where he blocked out the defender then turned and reached to break the goal line. He also turned one short pass into a long gain.
2008 Week 15 vs NO (10 / 8 / 45 / 0 rec)
Olsen caught eight passes in this game and most of them were short dump passes in the flat or over the middle as he only racked up only 45 yards receiving.
2008 Week 16 vs GB (5 / 5 / 49 / 1 rec)
Olsen had one catch for seven in the first half. Olsen did catch a three yard touchdown pass after a Packer turnover early in the first half. He caught a big 17 yard catch in overtime and drew a 15 yard horse collar penalty on the same play. It was a critical play because it put the Bears into field goal range.
2008 Week 17 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 30 / 1 rec)
Olsen was targeted seven times in the second half, and may have had better numbers as he was missed twice while open and had a pass in the end zone deflected due to a good play by a Bears defender.
2007 Week 3 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Making his NFL debut, Olson caught his only two targets of the game. His first catch came on the Bears' second drive and went for seven yards. Olsen's second catch went for 21 yards and took the Bears down to the Cowboys one yard line.
2007 Week 4 vs DET (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie from Miami got into the game but was not a factor.
2007 Week 5 vs GB (7 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)
Olsen had his best game yet as a professional, leading the Bears in targets, receptions, and finishing second on the team in receiving yards. He had a nice jump ball catch for a 19 yard touchdown in the third quarter. Olsen was the target on Griese's lone interception.
2007 Week 6 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 63 / 0 rec)
Olsen made a number of nice catches, including a basket catch down the left sideline as he slipped behind the linebacker on a well executed timing pattern.
2007 Week 7 vs PHI (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)
Olsen was the most targeted Chicago receiver in the game, finishing with eight, including a few in the red zone. He brought down four of those passes for 48 yards.
2007 Week 8 vs DET (7 / 6 / 59 / 1 rec)
Olsen had two catches for 12 yards in the first half. He caught his first catch of the second half on a 20 yard touchdown pass where got behind the linebacker and found a seam in the zone coverage. He would add four more catches for 37 yards in the half and he would lead the Bears in receiving.
2007 Week 10 vs OAK (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Olsen was targeted just one time in the game, failing to catch a pass.
2007 Week 11 vs SEA (8 / 7 / 43 / 0 rec)
Olsen was often Grossman's second read (after Berrian), and he was very consistent, catching all but one ball thrown his way.
2007 Week 12 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Olsen celebrated following a 25 yard touchdown reception where Rex Grossman threw the ball up into the corner of the end zone and Olsen used his athleticism, strength and height to come down with the ball, however a holding penalty on the right tackle had allowed Grossman the time to make that pass, and as a result Olsen's stat line ended less impressively.
2007 Week 13 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)
Greg Olsen caught both of his targets, but only for a total of seven yards. Olsen only got on the field in double tight end formations, as Clark was the one making the big plays in this game.
2007 Week 14 vs WAS (8 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Olsen had only one catch for two yards in the first half, but had an amazing one handed catch for 20 yards with a defender draped all over him. He came back and caught a nine yard pass on the next play. Olsen had two consecutive passes thrown to him in the end zone with the ball on the Redskins five yard line.
2007 Week 15 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Olsen finally got a little involved in the fourth quarter, but until then he was barely noticeable.
2007 Week 17 vs NO (7 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Kyle Orton looked to get Olsen involved early, but had trouble connecting as the two did so on less than thirty percent of his targets, though Olsen had seven targets to teammate Desmond Clark's one target against the Saints.