Greg Olsen TE CAR 3 months ago

Olsen signed a three-year contract extension with the Panthers on Thursday, the team's official website reports.

Olsen will turn 30 on March 11, but he hasn't shown any signs of decline, and has arguably even improved in recent seasons. The new contract will run through 2018, ensuring that Olsen is one of Cam Newton's favorite targets for the foreseeable future. The veteran tight end posted career-high marks for receptions (84), targets (122) and receiving yards (1,008) in 2014.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 months ago

Olsen enjoyed the best season of his seven-year career, totaling 84 receptions (on 122 targets), 1,008 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games played during the 2014 campaign.

Olsen's connection with quarterback Cam Newton has seemingly improved during each of the tight end's four seasons in Carolina and this season's numbers certainly support that development. Not only did Olsen's 84 catches lead the Panthers, but his 1,008 receiving yards tied for the team-lead and marked the best single-season total of his career. Additionally, with six touchdowns, Olsen has now found the end zone at least five times in every season after his 2007 rookie campaign. On the whole, the ever-reliable Olsen fulfilled preseason expectations that the Panthers' revamped receiving corp would result in Newton leaning on his trusted target Olsen more often than ever. Fortunately, the emergence of rookie wideout Kelvin Benjamin prevents opposing defenses from totally converging on Olsen in coverage, which should allow the tight end to enjoy similar success as one of fantasy's top players at his position again next season.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 5 months ago

Olsen caught three passes for 37 yards against Arizona on Saturday.

Olsen's production was held back by the poor play of Cam Newton on Saturday, as the Panthers threw for just 198 yards, and both of Newton's touchdown passes were short passes to running backs. Newton needs to play better if Olsen's fantasy prospects are to improve in the next playoff round, but his own performances are as steady as they come. He'll go at whatever rate Newton does as a passer.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 5 months ago

Olsen caught 2-of-3 targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 34-3 win at Atlanta.

Cam Newton threw just 16 times Sunday, so it's not like any other Panthers' pass catcher did anything. Olsen could have a big game in the first round of the playoffs, facing a Cardinals' defense that has really struggled to stop opposing TEs. Furthermore, given that Carolina plays at home and Arizona has fizzled down the stretch due to instability at QB, there's a reasonable chance that Olsen will play at least two games in the playoffs.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 5 months ago

Olsen had one catch on three targets for 21 yards Sunday against the Browns.

Coming off one of his best games of the season (10 catches on 13 targets for 110 yards against the Bucs), Olsen put up an absolute dud, with his 21 yards his second-lowest total of the season. He's a boom-or-bust type player that went the wrong way Sunday, but he'll look to bounce back in Week 17 against the Falcons, who are allowing the most passing yards per game this season.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 5 months ago

Olsen (knee) had 10 catches on 13 targets for 110 yards during Sunday's win over the Buccaneers.

Despite the change in quarterback to Derek Anderson, with Cam Newton out with a back injury, Olsen posted his second consecutive game with 10 catches. He's been very solid in two games with Anderson under center, catching 18 passes on 24 targets for 193 yards and a touchdown, both contests coming against Tampa Bay. Up next is a Week 16 matchup against the Browns, and while it remains unclear who will be the starting quarterback, Olsen has shown an ability to produce with either option.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 5 months ago

Olsen (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Olsen has been a reliable target all year long for the Panthers, and the absence of Cam Newton due to a back injury this week isn't overly concerning - Olsen racked up eight catches for 83 yards and a score in Week 1 this season, a game in which Derek Anderson started for the Panthers. Feel free to roll with Olsen as you normally would.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 5 months ago

Olsen (knee) was a full participant in Friday's practice and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

Olsen had another strong game last week and will look to keep up his season-long consistency Sunday against Tampa Bay's mediocre pass defense. The biggest downside for Olsen this week is the absence of Cam Newton, who had been targeting his top tight end frequently. Here's hoping Derek Anderson will continue to look Olsen's way often.

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Olsen (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Olsen's knee injury is ailing him for a second consecutive week, but the tight end has shrugged off injuries on occasion this season and still produced at an elite level. On Sunday, he'll attempt to repeat his Week 1 performance against a Buccaneers' squad that allowed him to romp for eight catches (on 11 targets) for 83 yards and one touchdown.

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Olsen (undisclosed) didn't take part in practice Wednesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

Olsen dealt with a knee injury last week, which may have lingered into the current week of preparation. The ailment didn't quell his relevance in the passing game, though, as he racked up 10 catches (on 11 targets) for 72 yards and one touchdown in Week 14. While the impetus for Wednesday's absence should be revealed in the near future, expect his availability for Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers to clear up by week's end.