TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers
|6-5, 255||Born: 3-11-1985||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2007|
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General News (Thu Dec 12): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
General News (Wed Dec 11): took part in individual drills on Wednesday, Dec. 11, which was a moderate surprise to beat writer Joe Person.
Week 15: vs Seattle Seahawks
FBG says: Good matchup. The Panthers may try to move on from Cam Newton this offseason, but it won't be Kyle Allen they do it for. Week after week, Allen continues to show that his NFL ceiling is likely as a Matt Moore-level backup. Since his impressive first start back in Week 3, he's produced just 6.5 yards per attempt and 249 a game, with 12 touchdowns to 12 interceptions (and several more dropped). Allen simply doesn't boast the pocket sense or accuracy to consistently move an offense - most of that ho-hum production has come in garbage-time situations. Allen's struggles have limited his gifted young receiving corps, which has produced well enough with so much volume but is capable of even more. D.J. Moore has been a model of consistency, topping 70 yards in 8 of his last 9 games. Drawing 10 targets a game over that span, he remains a locked-in fantasy play regardless of matchup. But Curtis Samuel and the tight ends play more niche roles, and none can be counted on to produce predictably. Of them, young tight end Ian Thomas boasts the most relative appeal if Greg Olsen can't get cleared. Thomas drew 10 looks of his own Sunday and caught a short touchdown, and he averaged 49 yards a game in Olsen's place late last year. The Seahawks sit firmly among the bottom third of the NFL in raw pass defense. That said, a disproportionate amount of that production has come while in blowout/catchup mode, and there's been noticeable improvement over the past month or so. Opposing passers have averaged 282 yards over their last 5 games, but have needed 41 attempts a game to do so. The Seattle secondary is starting to come together: cornerback Shaquill Griffin has been one of 2019's most dominant cover men, while Quandre Diggs has served as a massive upgrade on Tedric Thompson at free safety. It's worth noting that they're fresh off a semi-collapse, though, with the struggling Jared Goff putting up one of his best performances of a season last Sunday. And there's still not much pass rush here, even with Jadeveon Clowney back in action. Still, this week has the look of a mismatch. It's fair to project hefty passing volume for Kyle Allen and the Panthers, though efficiency may be tough to come by.
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 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.
Latest NewsPanthers | Greg Olsen limited again (Thu Dec 12, 03:36 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 12. link to story Panthers | Thursday's practice report for Carolina (Thu Dec 12, 02:47 PM) - Carolina Panthers LB/DE Mario Addison (chest), LB/DE Marquis Haynes (knee) and OT Greg Little (ankle) did not participate in practice Thursday, Dec. 12. TE Greg Olsen (concussion) was limited in practice for a second straight day. DT Gerald McCoy (ankle), OG Trai Turner (rest), RB Christian McCaffrey (rest), S Eric Reid (shoulder) and LB Shaq Thompson (ankle) practiced in full. link to story Panthers | Greg Olsen officially limited (Wed Dec 11, 03:12 PM) - Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 11. Our View: Olsen has to get cleared from the league's concussion protocol before he can play. The Panthers will not rush him back and have young tight end Ian Thomas to start (and play well) if Olsen has to miss more time.
link to story Panthers | Greg Olsen does solo drills (Wed Dec 11, 01:15 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) took part in individual drills Wednesday, Dec. 11, which was a moderate surprise to beat writer Joe Person. Our View: We'll have to see if Olsen can get cleared from the league's concussion protocol this week. Ian Thomas is their tight end of the future and would get a large role again if Olsen is out.
link to story Panthers | Week 14 Carolina Panthers inactives (Sun Dec 8, 11:40 AM) - The Carolina Panthers have declared CB Corn Elder, TE Greg Olsen, DL Stacy McGee, OT Greg Little, DL Woodrow Hamilton, OG Chris Reed and LB Christian Miller inactive for Week 14. link to story More News
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