When Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen takes the field this Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, he will do so as a proud father of twins whom were born on Tuesday during the team’s scheduled bye week.
A disappointing 1-4 record won’t be at the forefront of his thoughts as the Panthers ready to face the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.
No, Olsen will surely be thinking about his newborn daughter Talbot and son T.J., who underwent a successful high-risk operation to correct a congenital heart defect last Thursday. The first of three major operations Olsen and his wife knew would have to take place in advance of the birth of their second son.
Olsen’s unwavering commitment to the Panthers leading up to the birth of his twins has been truly remarkable. He has shown-up on Sunday week-in and week-out ready to get the job done. Olsen has played solid up to this point in the season with 22 receptions for 223 yards and a touchdown, under what had to have been a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. Anxiety he will continue to have to play through as the season moves along.
Through it all, he has held steadfast for his teammates. The sixth year pro and second year member of the Panthers, has proven to be an all-time pick-up for a team that embraces the motto Keep Pounding.
At times, Olsen has displayed visible frustration on the sideline with the offensive play calling, mainly because he must understand just how dynamic this Panthers offense can be.
Who can blame him?
Olsen should be another piece to Carolina’s offensive puzzle going forward that only offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and quarterback Cam Newton can fit-in more frequently on game day.
If Newton can find ways to target Olsen for 10 to 15 yard pickups on first and second downs this Sunday, look for Olsen not only to have a big day, but look for the Panthers to move the chains down the field more often.
Carolina must utilize all of their offensive weapons going forward and Olsen is one of those weapons that can become a game changer for a struggling offense.
Robert Kester, Carolina Panthers Columnist. Contact @robertkester1.