Greg Olsen
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6 days ago

Olsen racked up 122 receiving yards and a touchdown on five receptions during Sunday's win over the 49ers.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen has been targeted a total of 17 times throughout the first two weeks of the season as he continues to be one of quarterback Cam Newton's favorite weapons in the Panthers' aerial attack. A large part of Olsen's production Sunday came on one play, when he caught a 78-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter as Carolina took the lead for good. He'll look to keep the momentum heading into net week's tilt against the Vikings.

Greg Olsen
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2 weeks ago

Olsen brought in seven of nine targets for 73 yards in Thursday's 21-20 loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran tight end led the team in receptions while also checking in as Cam Netwon's second-most prolific target. Olsen figures to see at least a slight drop in targets this season with Kelvin Benjamin back in the fold, but he notably did get 122 looks, only less than last season, during the latter's 146-target rookie season in 2014. Therefore, there may be enough to go around for both players, with Olsen certainly looking like he's ready for the workload on Thursday.

Greg Olsen
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3 weeks ago

Olsen (back) wasn't listed on Monday's injury report, the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Back spasms arose in mid-August, containing Olsen to just a sole appearance in the Panthers' first preseason game. As of Aug. 24, he's been able to practice in full and will thus avoid the first injury report of the season. Expect Olsen to reprise his role as one of Cam Newton's favorite target, whether the Panthers are in the red zone or otherwise.

Greg Olsen
TE CAR (7)
1 month ago

Olsen (back) is not in uniform and will not play Friday against the Patriots.

EDGE Analysis

Although he was able to get some work in during pregame, Olsen will be held out of Friday's matchup. Given that Olsen was able to practice in full Wednesday, there's no reason to think Olsen was held out for anything beyond a precaution Friday. Ed Dickson (groin) will start at tight end in place of Olsen against the Patriots.

Greg Olsen
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1 month ago

Olsen (back spasms) is warming up on the field prior to Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, David Newton of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen's status for the game remains unclear, and even if he does suit up, he's unlikely to get as much playing time as the other Panthers starters. He was a full practice participant Wednesday for the first time since the week leading up to Carolina's preseason opener. Olsen did play in that game and catch a pair of passes, so he's already gotten a bit of run this preseason. There doesn't seem to be any question regarding his Week 1 availability.

Greg Olsen
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1 month ago

Olsen (back) went through all drills at Wednesday's practice, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen has been bothered by back spasms of late, but his status continues to trend in the right direction as the Panthers' third preseason game approaches. Olsen's status for that game, a matchup with the Patriots on Friday, remains uncertain.

Greg Olsen
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1 month ago

Olsen (back) is practicing Tuesday and could play in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen's back spasms have bothered him for a little over a week now, but he's positively trending and could even return for the Panthers' third preseason contest. The time likely won't risk their veteran tight end's health, so he'll have to put together a few more solid practices this week without any setbacks in order to see the field Friday. Regardless, the issue shouldn't affect his Week 1 status in the future.

Greg Olsen
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1 month ago

Olsen (back) did some individual work off to the side at Monday's practice, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen was held out of Carolina's second preseason game due to back spasms, but he already seems to be making progress and could potentially even return for Friday's exhibition against the Patriots. First, he'll need to make it back into team drills, which could happen in the coming days. There's been nothing to suggest that Olsen is in any danger of missing Week 1.

Greg Olsen
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1 month ago

Olsen (back) won't play in Saturday's preseason contest at Tennessee, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen was absent from practice this week due to back spasms, which will keep him in street clothes in Week 2 of the preseason. With Ed Dickson (groin) also on the sideline, the likes of Scott Simonson and Beau Sandland will receive valuable reps with the first-team offense Saturday.

Greg Olsen
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1 month ago

Olsen (back spasms) will likely not play in Saturday's preseason game against Tennessee, David Newton of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Panthers have no intentions of rushing Olsen back to action as he is one of their most valuable and important offensive weapons. There has been no indication that his Week 1 status is in any danger. Scott Simonson, Beau Sandland and others will likely see increased snaps in Olsen's absence.