PGreg Olsen
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1 day 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.

PGreg Olsen
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2 days 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.

PGreg Olsen
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3 days 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.

PGreg Olsen
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5 days 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.

PGreg Olsen
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1 week 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.

PGreg Olsen
TE CAR (7)
1 week ago

Olsen (back spasms) missed a second straight practice Tuesday, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen may be held out of Saturday's preseason game against Tennessee, but there's been no indication that the current issue could threaten his Week 1 availability. He's still locked in as one of the leading targets in a potent Carolina offense.

PGreg Olsen
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1 week ago

Olsen missed Monday's practice due to back spasms, the Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen should be back in practice soon, but missed Monday's final fully-padded training camp session to ensure his back spasms don't linger. Given that Carolina's next preseason game isn't until Saturday, it'll be interesting to see whether Olsen is able to suit up for that contest, or whether the Panthrs play it safe with their Pro Bowl tight end.

PGreg Olsen
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2 weeks ago

Olsen caught two passes for 13 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen caught balls from Cam Newton on consecutive plays to help the Carolina first-team offense set up a field goal on its only drive. While still assured to have plenty of Newton's attention, Olsen will have a bit more competition for targets this season, as the Carolina wideout group should be much improved.

PGreg Olsen
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7 months ago

Olsen secured four of nine targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.

EDGE Analysis

Cam Newton's favorite target turned in a rather ordinary Super Bowl performance, as both time and pass-catching opportunities were at a premium against Denver's stalwart defense. His game-long 19-yard reception did help set up Carolina's first touchdown, with Olsen creating all the yardage on his run after making the grab at the line of scrimmage. Despite the failed championship bid, Olsen commemorated a second successful campaign in as many seasons in a Panthers uniform, breaking the 1,000-yard mark through the air for the second consecutive year while also hauling in 77 receptions and recording seven touchdowns.

PGreg Olsen
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7 months ago

Olsen hauled in six of his eight targets for 113 yards in Sunday's NFC championship win over Arizona.

EDGE Analysis

Olsen split the seam of Arizona's defense early in the fourth quarter for 54 yards, setting up a Carolina touchdown to put the game out of reach. Olsen has now been targeted at least six times in 10 of his last 12 games. The Panthers' next test will be against Denver's top-rated pass defense. The health of Denver strong safety T.J. Ward, who left the AFC championship game with an ankle injury, could play a big factor into Olsen's Super Bown production.