Carolina Panthers could have dynamic duo at tight end
The Carolina Panthers could have two valuable weapons at tight end in the coming season.
I’ll admit, I didn’t really think about this scenario too much, however the thought of the Carolina Panthers having a dynamic duo at tight end is rather intriguing.
When I assessed the tight end situation at the end of the season, I wasn’t sure how Greg Olsen was going to come back from his injury. Thankfully, it looks like he is going to come back fine, and he should be able to be a big part of the Carolina Panthers offense once again. With Ian Thomas being an emerging piece, the two could form a very impressive dynamic duo. I always thought that the tight end position would be carried by one player. Instead, it looks like it is going to be carried by two players.
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This is certainly a great thing for the offense. We saw how much the Carolina Panthers used the tight end last year, and that certainly contributed to the success of Thomas in the offense. Now, the Carolina Panthers will have two tight ends that can make an impact. Olsen has been dependable for years, and Thomas is emerging on the scene. That is a great thing for the organization moving forward.
I am very glad that Olsen gets another opportunity to showcase his talents. I hated the thought of him going out of the game with his last memory being an injury. Now, he can be an effective player without having to take on the entire work load at the tight end position. That is certainly a good thing for a player who has a lot of mileage on him. With Thomas, it is all about consistency. That is something I’m hoping he can establish in his second year. Head coach Ron Rivera hopes for the same thing as well.
"“He made a couple of big plays, then disappeared a little bit, then make a couple,” said Rivera at the NFL Combine. “We want him to be able to step to the forefront and be a great complement with Greg Olsen.”"
That would be great to see. It would certainly give the Panthers offense a boost, and allow them to have multiple options. Furthermore, it gives Carolina Panthers fans the pleasure of watching Olsen continue to play and watching the future assert itself in Thomas. I like the idea a lot, it will give defenses another wrinkle to plan for. That is always a great thing. Especially with this offense and the playmakers it possesses, there are many opportunities to confuse defenses.
This will be just one of the many things to watch over the course of training camp. The Carolina Panthers know they have to be better in the 2019 season. If everything goes according to plan they will be. They certainly have enough weapons on both sides of the football, and I expect great things from the organization in 2019