Both players, according to the Panthers' official website, have a chance to become the first tight ends ever to notch three straight seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards. When asked about it on Monday, Olsen admitted he's aware of the record and that he's "trying like hell" to set it first.
"The simple answer is yeah, I would love to be the first guy," Olsen said. "I'm trying like hell, trust me. It's not something that I take lightly, and it's not something that is just going to happen because it happened the last two years.
"A lot of things need to go my way -- I need to stay healthy, I need opportunities, the offense needs to click."
So, which tight end has the better chance of winning? In terms of talent, it's Gronk, who's clearly the best tight end in the league. Since 2014, when both of those streaks began, Gronk has more yards and touchdowns. Olsen has more catches, but that only points to how much more explosive Gronk has been:
But getting to 1,000 yards requires durability, and that's an area Olsen has the edge in. Gronk hasn't played in a full season since 2011. Meanwhile, Olsen hasn't missed a game since his rookie year in 2007.
"The No. 1 thing that I'm most proud of in my career is the amount of plays that I play," Olsen said. "That and my consecutive games (streak) I'll take over the catches and the yards. I think that speaks to a different level of preparation and ability to play day in and day out. Then of course production is what we're all judged on."
My guess? Both players will eventually hit the mark next year. But keep in mind that Gronk will be Tom Brady-less for the first four games of the season, which might allow Olsen to beat Gronk to the record.
Still, if I had to bet, I'd take Gronk -- only because he's a machine designed to destroy defenses and Olsen might lose some targets with Kelvin Benjamin healthy again.
Plus, Gronk apparently makes the world's best scrambled eggs. I like scrambled eggs.