Panthers TE Greg Olsen is hoping he can be as productive as Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham. HC Ron Rivera believes Olsen could be poised for a breakout season not having to share catches with Jeremy Shockey, now a free agent, and with the arrival of new fullback Mike Tolbert, who should lighten Olsen's load as a blocker.
In fact, Rivera believes "it's possible" Olsen could put up numbers similar to what Gronkowski and Graham did last season.
"This will be his first real opportunity with us to step up and be the starting tight end and be the guy," Rivera said. "You watch him catch footballs and you watch him run routes and you see those traits that say you can fit right into that group. We're excited about it."
"I think he's a tremendous target," Rivera said. "I think the chance of him stepping up and being right in the elite group of players at his position I think that's possible. I really do."