Panthers No. 88: 3 reasons why Carolina will miss Greg Olsen

Dean Jones
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1. Production

When one thinks about the sort of things that the Carolina Panthers will miss most about Greg Olsen. Then it is hard not to put production at the top of the list.

There are few tight ends across the NFL that performed as consistently over such a long period of time. And Olsen could have been even more prolific had a series of injuries not take their toll.

This was especially evident in 2017 and 2018, which restricted the player to 16 combined games. Olsen’s nine-year stay in Carolina eventually ended with 524 receptions at a catch percentage of 62.1 percent.

He also managed to attain 6,463 receiving yards, 39 touchdowns, and a yards-per-catch average of 12.1. This is everything that the Panthers expected from Olsen and more when he arrived with the franchise.

His presence across the field proved to be a significant security blanket for Cam Newton on his way to superstardom. Olsen was also a trusted presence in the red zone thanks to his elite hands and ability to create separation in tight windows.

This offseason represented the end of an era for the Panthers. Although it is probably for the greater good in terms of their long-term aspirations. One cannot help but look at the departures of Olsen, Newton, and Luke Kuechly without a hint of sadness.

They will all be missed in their own special way. And Olsen can look back on his period with the franchise with an enormous sense of pride.

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