Olsen is auditioning with ESPN for a broadcasting job, Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports. Though Olsen clearly is preparing for his next career, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer says she'd be surprised if the tight end didn't play football for at least one more year. Supporting that notion, ESPN's David Newton relays that the Panthers are aware of Olsen's interview and are under the impression he's simply exploring options for his future beyond 2018. The 33-year-old did lose his phenomenal track record of durability when he missed nine games with a broken foot last season, but he reproved his value with a pair of monster games late in the year, posting a 9-116-1 receiving line in Week 15 against the Packers and an 8-107-1 line in a first-round playoff loss to the Saints. Olsen didn't need a follow-up surgery on his foot and should enjoy a relatively normal offseason while preparing for yet another campaign as Cam Newton's most trusted target.
Olsen said earlier this month that he won't require any follow-up procedures during the offseason on his surgically repaired right foot, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Olsen fractured his foot in a Week 2 game against the Bills and returned from injured reserve in Week 12 to play 24 snaps in a win over the Jets, only to suffer a setback in the contest. The recurring soreness in Olsen's foot resulted in him sitting out Week 13, but the veteran tight end suited up and played normal snap counts in the Panthers' final four regular-season contests and looked like his usual, dominant self in Carolina's playoff loss to New Orleans, catching eight of 12 targets for 107 yards and a score. After ending the injury-marred campaign on a high note, Olsen looks like he'll be in store for a normal offseason as he enters the final year of his contract in 2018.
Olsen caught eight of 12 targets for 107 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card loss to the Saints. Olsen led the Panthers in all major receiving categories, with his performance highlighted by a 14-yard touchdown to begin the fourth quarter. Considering his Pro-Bowl pedigree, Olsen's output Sunday wasn't all that surprising, but it was an uncommon occurrence this season. That's because the veteran was limited to just seven regular-season appearances due to a foot injury. Even when he was available, though, Olsen topped 30 yards just once, finishing with only 17 receptions on 38 targets for 191 yards and one touchdown. Although he'll be 33 years old next season -- the final one under his current contract -- Olsen can be counted on to bounce back statistically, assuming he remains healthy.
Olsen caught three of six targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 22-19 win over the Buccaneers. Olsen led the Panthers in targets and tied for the team lead in catches, but his underwhelming output overall reflected Carolina's offensive struggles. Although he enters next Sunday's finale with just one good game in an injury-shortened season, Olsen's recent increase in usage should at least encourage his fantasy owners. Additionally, in two games against the Falcons last season, he totaled 12 catches on 25 targets for 135 yards and a score.
Olsen caught nine of 12 targets for 116 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers. Olsen finally enjoyed his breakthrough performance since returning from injury, as he led Carolina across the board in receiving. The veteran's day was highlighted by a 30-yard touchdown to start the third quarter, marking Olsen's first trip to pay dirt this season. Considering he entered Sunday with just 38 receiving yards on the campaign, Olsen's display -- which came while top wideout Devin Funchess made just one catch for 19 yards -- gives fantasy owners a resurgent commodity to consider ahead of his upcoming matchup with the Buccaneers.
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