The Panthers lost Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn this offseason and replaced them with rookie Kelvin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant, but Olsen feels there won't be a drop-off.
"It's kind of been the storyline of the offseason. Any time the Panthers have come up that’s kind of been the first comment made by everybody. I think guys are just kind of tired of it," Olsen said. "I think we feel confident about our group. I think people are eager to get there, get to work and put together what works for us as an offense."
No quarterback needed a receiver more than
Benjamin immediately becomes the best receiver in Carolina (tight end
We're not expecting Benjamin to become an elite Fantasy receiver, but this is a great opportunity. In two seasons with the Seminoles (27 games) Benjamin posted 1,452 yards on 80 catches with 18 touchdowns -- 14 last season. He was a great weapon for Jameis Winston for the Seminoles, and we hope he does the same for Newton. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds he is a great target.
Newton, who is coming off ankle surgery, is still a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback on Draft Day because of his lack of weapons. But if Benjamin can develop quickly, and Newton goes back to running more, his value will rise.
As for Benjamin, he's worth a late-round flier in re-draft leagues. And he's a second-round pick in rookie-only formats.
Top free agent receivers, including hometown favorite Hakeem Nicks, signed elsewhere, though James Jones remains available. Look for Carolina to select multiple receivers in the draft.
At least Newton has tight end
Olsen finished the game with four catches for 55 yards. He was targeted six times. Olsen was also the target of Cam Newton's second interception, which essentially won the game for the 49ers. On the play, coverage prevented Olsen from cutting inside, and the ball sailed straight to the safety.
Olsen had six catches for 42 yards and a touchdown on eight targets. He has now scored against the Falcons in five consecutive games.
The Panthers have locked up the No. 2 seed in the NFC and the NFC South title. They are now off until the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
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