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Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:41am
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen loves football. He loves his family more.
The Carolina Panthers organization has given Greg Olsen all the time he needs to attend to his son, T.J., who recently had open-heart surgery.
So when his football family said take unlimited time off two weeks before the season to be with his son, T.J., as he underwent open heart surgery for the third time since being born with a severe congenital heart defect in 2012, it was a relief.
"It's made life a lot easier, and it's not something I take for granted," Olsen said on Monday after returning to practice for the first time in seven days. "You would hope that it would be this way everywhere, but sometimes people aren't quite as understanding."
"I haven't felt a ton of pressure to be two places at once, and I've been able to handle my family and that priority first," he said. "But also realize, this is a priority for me, too. It's important for me to be here.
And the Panthers will need Olsen. He led the team in catches last season with 73. He is a big part of a two-tight end set Carolina plans to implement in an attempt to diversify the offense and take pressure off a new group of wide receivers.
Olsen was quoted as saying his wife and family understand and that he has a job to do, and that's helped him focus on the football aspect without added stress. Olsen is expected to be ready Week 1 against Tampa Bay barring anything unexpected. It's an OK matchup with Tampa ranked 13th in allowing fantasy points to TEs last year. Olsen is ranked 7th on our list.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 11:42am
Greg Olsen is vanilla in a land of double mocha swirl ice cream, causing fantasy owners often to overlook the veteran each year. However, each year Olsen puts up solid numbers and provides a consistent option at the position that can be had in later rounds. He finished last season with over 800 yards for the second straight year and scored six touchdowns. He also set a career high mark with 73 receptions. With so much turnover at the WR position in Carolina, Olsen will be counted on to continue to provide a safety valve for quarterback Cam Newton.
Olsen is a 6’5 target who runs great routes and has been arguably Carolina’s most consistent target in the passing game over the past two years. Now entering his second season in Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula’s offensive scheme, and his fourth year with Newton behind center, Olsen is in a system familiar to him with a quarterback that already trusts him. He’s also durable. Olsen hasn’t missed a game since his rookie year with the Bears in 2007, and he plays.
Olsen’s strengths are also his weaknesses. With consistent output the past two years and the same system and quarterback in place, Olsen has less upside than some of his counterparts at the TE position around the league. Also, he may draw extra attention from opposing defenses as Carolina’s top receiving option if rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin takes some time to adapt to the NFL.
At 29 years old, Olsen is still in his prime and will start the season as the Panthers’ top receiving option in the passing game. He has a good quarterback and a track record of production and should be considered a very solid fantasy option at the TE position. While he’s unlikely to challenge players like Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski as a truly elite option at the position, Olsen is absolutely in the same category as a player like Jason Witten, a guy who quietly gets it done week in and week out. He’s our sixth ranked TE heading into the season, and is great value in that 8-10th round area, consistent with his ADP.