Olsen secured four of nine targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl loss to the Broncos. Cam Newton's favorite target turned in a rather ordinary Super Bowl performance, as both time and pass-catching opportunities were at a premium against Denver's stalwart defense. His game-long 19-yard reception did help set up Carolina's first touchdown, with Olsen creating all the yardage on his run after making the grab at the line of scrimmage. Despite the failed championship bid, Olsen commemorated a second successful campaign in as many seasons in a Panthers uniform, breaking the 1,000-yard mark through the air for the second consecutive year while also hauling in 77 receptions and recording seven touchdowns.
Olsen hauled in six of his eight targets for 113 yards in Sunday's NFC championship win over Arizona. Olsen split the seam of Arizona's defense early in the fourth quarter for 54 yards, setting up a Carolina touchdown to put the game out of reach. Olsen has now been targeted at least six times in 10 of his last 12 games. The Panthers' next test will be against Denver's top-rated pass defense. The health of Denver strong safety T.J. Ward, who left the AFC championship game with an ankle injury, could play a big factor into Olsen's Super Bown production.
Olsen caught six passes off of six targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Seahawks. Olsen made the score 31-0 in the second quarter after a tremendous leaping touchdown catch over two defenders down the left side. Olsen led the team in yards, catches and targets in 2015, and had 10 games with at least four receptions. The only major category Olsen didn't lead the team in this season was touchdowns as he scored just twice in the second half of the regular season. Passing in the red zone may be the path of least resistance next week, as Arizona ranked eighth in the NFL in fewest rushing scores surrendered with nine during the regular season, while ranking 11th with 24 through the air.
Olsen is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Seahawks due to a shoulder injury. Olsen left the field after a fourth-quarter catch and was seen on the sideline in visible pain. If he's unable to return, he'll finish the contest with five receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown.
Olsen secured both of his targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 38-10 victory over the Bucs. The veteran tight end posted his lowest receiving yardage total since the season opener, and the two looks he received from Cam Newton qualified as the least for Olsen in 2015. Irrespective of the quiet week, the nine-year pro will undoubtedly be one of Newton's most trusted targets in the postseason, after having had the ball thrown his way a whopping 123 times during the regular season.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|5||10/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
|6||10/16||@New Orleans Saints||32||12.38|
|9||11/06||@Los Angeles Rams||24||8.25|
|10||11/13||Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|11||11/18||New Orleans Saints||32||12.38|
|14||12/11||San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|17||01/01||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||11||6.50|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||118||78||976||6||51||12.51||133|