Carolina Panthers‘ tight end Greg Olsen quietly had a pretty good 2012 season. It wasn’t a great season for the team, in general, but Olsen ended up having a very good statistical year. In fact, he even set a career-high with 843 receiving yards, while averaging 12.2 yards per catch. Olsen is no doubt one of Cam Newton‘s favorite targets, and the Panthers are going to need last year’s trends to continue this season.
The reality is that there’s just not a ton of talent in the Panthers’ wide receiver corps. Steve Smith is one of the best receivers of the past decade, but outside of him, there aren’t a ton of playmakers. This just makes Olsen’s role within the offense even more important.
If Carolina is going to have any chance at all of making the playoffs, they’re going to need everybody on their A-game. It would be ideal if Olsen has another career-season, and that process could entail hitting the 1,000-yard mark. It seems like a bit of a reach, but the veteran TE is more than capable.
The 1,000-yard mark is pretty big deal for tight ends. There are always a couple guys that hit 1k every season, but in 2012, Jason Witten was the only TE to accomplish the feat. When you look at it on paper, Olsen only needs another 157 yards from last year’s total to hit 1,000 – but those 157 extra yards will be hard to come by. It’s no secret that if you can shut down Smith and Olsen, that the Panthers don’t have a lot of other options, so his continued success will be extremely vital to the team’s playoff hopes.
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