29-Year-Old Tight End – Carolina Panthers
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Olsen's production last season practically mirrored his stats from 2012, despite the decline of Steve Smith and a new offensive coordinator. Smith had 28 fewer targets last season, but Olsen's only in...
Greg Olsen Contract Information:
Signed five-year, $24.7 million contract in July 2007.
Olsen (personal) will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Steelers, the Charlotte Observer reports.
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Olsen set career highs of 69 catches and 843 yards last year, but his five touchdown catches were no better than his tally from 2010 or 2011. Olsen was also used more downfield last season, as he has the speed to get to the second level. He posted a career-high 8.1 yards per target, two yards more than his 6.1 mark in 2011. He also had 11 receptions of 20-plus yards after totaling nine the previous two years combined. Olsen benefits from the lack of playmakers in the Carolina passing game, but is hurt by the offense's penchant for running at the goal line. Olsen's 14 red-zone targets tied Steve Smith for the team lead, and Louis Murphy, who had 13 red-zone targets, left for the Giants. That said, the Panthers completed only eight touchdown passes in the red-zone last year (29th) while scoring 18 times on the ground, (3rd). Even with a new offensive coordinator this year that's not likely to change with the team’s bevy of goal-line running options in the backfield.
Olsen had completely different halves to last season, starting strong before fading down the stretch. Shut out in the final two games, he recorded only 181 receiving yards and one touchdown in the second half after totaling 359 receiving yards and four touchdowns the first eight games. Part of his reduced role was due to Jeremy Shockey, who isn’t expected to return to the Panthers this season. Not the greatest blocker, Olsen is a polished route runner who uses his length to make himself a large target. With continued growth from Cam Newton, and no other tight end to steal targets, Olsen could be in for a surprising season. Combining his and Shockey’s stats last season produces 995 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, showing the possible production for a solo Olsen.
Olsen doesn’t have elite speed for the position but has good hands and runs precise routes. Unfortunately, he fell victim to the Mike Martz offense and was used more as a blocker than a receiver. The Bears offensive line was downright terrible at times last year as well, which also forced Olsen to stay in and max protect Jay Cutler. As a result, Olsen only saw 69 targets, a significant drop from the 108 he had in 2009. Chicago's playoff win against Seattle showed Olsen’s upside, though, as he hauled in three catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Olsen will compete for TE looks in Carolina with Jeremy Shockey after his trade to the Panthers, but despite the potential for some form of time-share on that front, he's escaped the clutches of Mike Martz, whose offense in Chicago did not exactly favor tight ends in the passing game.
Olsen had the best season of his three-year career in 2009, catching 60 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. Despite the career-year and establishing himself as Jay Cutler's favorite red zone target, Olsen's fantasy value took a hit this offseason when the Bears hired Mike Martz as offensive coordinator. Martz's offense tends to use tight ends as blockers more than receivers, which is exemplified by the fact that no tight end on a Mike Martz team has ever caught more than 38 passes. Olsen's role in the offense is still unclear, but using history as a guide, it appears unlikely that Olsen will be able to match his 2009 statistics.
With the Bears acquisition of Jay Cutler, Olsen heads into 2009 as one of the top sleepers at the position. Cutler helped make Tony Scheffler a productive tight end and has the arm to vault Olsen into the top five this season. Olsen has the trust of his offense around the goal line, getting 17 red-zone targets (tied for 5th) and 10 targets inside the 10-yard line (tied for 3rd). He also continued to improve as the season went on, scoring in three of the last four games. An exceptional athlete with size (6-5, 255), big things could be in store for the gifted route-runner in his third pro season.
The Bears' 2007 first-round pick shared duties with Desmond Clark, limiting Olsen's (and Clark's) value. The job-share was so even that the two had the same number of targets (66). As a result, Olsen was 21st among tight ends in fantasy points scored, even though the Bears were seventh in the league in using the tight end. Clark signed a two-year deal in the offseason, so there will still be some type of split in play, but expect to see Olsen, the more gifted route-runner and athlete, getting more targets.
Realizing Desmond Clark was not their long-term answer at tight end, the Bears used their first-round pick this year to draft Olsen, an extremely athletic TE out of Miami. Olsen is a big target who can stretch the field and also catch passes in coverage. While the team will expect him to contribute immediately, the fact that he'll likely split time with Clark this year limits his fantasy value. Expect Olsen to show flashes as a rookie while posting decent numbers.