TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers
|6-5, 255||Born: 3-11-1985||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2007|
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Greg Olsen's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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