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|Finally free from the shackles of being a starting tight end in a Mike Martz led offense, Olsen had a chance to fulfill the promise that led him to being a 1st round pick of the Bears in the 2008 draft. And for half a season, it looked like Olsen might be on the verge of fulfilling that promise. In his first eight games, he caught 30 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns, averaging a solid 7.5 FPts/G which would have allowed him to finish as a top ten fantasy tight end. Unfortunately, he tailed off badly over the final half of the season with 15 receptions for 181 yards and a single touchdown. Worse yet, Olsen was completely AWOL in the Panthers final three games with just four targets. Although Olsen occasionally shows glimpses of the talent that made him a 1st round pick, the bottom line is that his career highs all came in the 2008 season when he caught 60 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns. In today’s world, that would make him a solid backup fantasy tight end. While somebody might sell you on the fact that Olsen will get Jeremy Shockey’s looks now that he is no longer in Carolina, that’s snake oil since the Panthers are now better equipped at the wide receiver position.
| Greg Olsen to sit out Wk 3 preseason game -- Fri Aug 26 5:45 pm --|
|Greg Olsen (back) is not in uniform and will not play Friday against the Patriots.
Although he was able to get some work in during pregame, Olsen will be held out of Friday's matchup. (CBS Sports)|
FF Today's Take: The Panthers tight end has been dealing with backs spasms in recent days but was able to practice on Wednesday. He's likely being held out a precaution. There's no reason to move Olsen down your cheatsheet.