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TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 255Born: 3-11-1985College: MiamiDrafted: Round 1, pick 2007

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Olsen had foot surgery late in 2018, but told the team he wants to play this year. His return timeframe is unknown

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Recent Game Summaries

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.

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 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 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 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 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 who was in the game due to the coaching staff not wanting to risk Newton, nursing a shoulder ailment, on a Hail Mary 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 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 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 quick outs, a tight end screen 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 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.


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