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Panthers star TE Greg Olsen in line to play vs. Vikings

Sep 25, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) runs after a catch in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It appears Cam Newton will be getting one of his favorite targets back in the lineup as the Carolina Panthers prepare to match up with the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Tight end Greg Olsen was a full participant in Carolina’s practice on Wednesday after missing last week’s game. He spent eight weeks on injured reserve, then returned in the Panthers’ win over the Jets, but experienced soreness which caused him to miss Carolina’s matchup with New Orleans.

“Olsen is a great player,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said. “[Ed] Dickson has a lot of catches, too. They both can run. They might use him a little bit more opened up formations with Olsen than with Dickson. They move him all over the place, too.”

Over the previous three seasons Olsen has averaged 80 catches. He’s also gained over 1,000 yards each year.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said his veteran tight end will not be limited in his snap counts.

Olsen made headlines earlier this year when he was part of a broadcast crew that called a Vikings game. Minnesota attempted to have him taken off the broadcast. He was allowed to call the game, but did not take part in pre-broadcast meetings with Zimmer.

  • Gordon Guffey

    As most of us knew he would most likely when he was part of a broadcast crew that called a Vikings game ~ Hopefully one of the LBer or Safeties knocks his pee pee in the dirt really hard and can not play after the first qt. because his stick pee pee hurts to bad ~

    • Cman

      That was the most idiotic thing I’ve seen. You don’t let a player of a team that you are playing in a few weeks call your game. The nfl was wrong on so many levels allowing Olsen to call the Vikes/Rams game.

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      • Gordon Guffey

        I totally agree ~ I wonder if he took part in walk through at Winter Park ~ I know he was involved enough to upset the Vikings and they want him removed ~

        • Cman

          From everything I read, he wasn’t allowed to go through all the meetings and stuff. The NFL could have put him on any other game, but the fact that they put him on that game, and kept him on after the Vikings asked to have him removed is what leads me to believe that Goodell and company are still trying to screw this team.

          • Gordon Guffey

            We Viking fans sure have seen our fair share of bad bounces ~ My first was in the 70’s when Drew Person pushed Nate Wright down and caught what turned out to be the winning TD in the NFC Championship games and they had to nerve to throw a flag on Wright when everyone new if was Person who pushed off ~ I want to say it was the 1974 or 1975 game ~ Seems like the ref that threw the flag on that play and ruled in favor of the CowGirls was hit in the head with a bottle of some kind ~ ??? Or maybe I’m getting that might up with WWE ~ LOL

          • cka2nd

            It was a divisional playoff game in 1975, Gordon, when Pearson pushed off of Wright and caught Roger Staubach’s Hail Mary pass. The Cowpokes beat the Rams in the NFC Championship Game before losing to the Steelers in the Super Bowl. I don’t remember any penalty flag being thrown on that play, though.

          • Gordon Guffey

            I remembered the flag ~ They called PI on Wright ~ Just saw the replay of it also on NFL Network on one of their Great Come Back shows ~

            As always cka2nd thanks for the info on when that game was played ~

            Link to Video of the PI ~ Its happens around the 2min. 14second mark ~
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEZKpY8t4EQ

  • Gordon Guffey

    Keenum, Vikings should see plenty of blitzing from Panthers
    By Ben Goessling DECEMBER 6, 2017 — 7:59AM
    http://www.startribune.com/sports/vikings/access-vikings/

    The Vikings’ retooled offensive line has been the catalyst for the team’s improved ground game this season, and Case Keenum has been sacked just nine times in the 10 1/2 games he’s played. He’s also thrived despite being pressured on 38.2 percent of his dropbacks (the fifth-most in the league, according to Pro Football Focus). Keenum has completed 54 percent of his passes for 834 yards, two touchdowns and an interception when he’s been pressured this season. And ESPN Stats and Information’s Total QBR metric ranks Keenum the NFL’s best against the blitz this season, with a rating of 94.0 when teams bring extra pressure.

  • Gordon Guffey

    Vikings’ key to stopping Cam Newton? ‘You keep on hitting him,’ says Everson Griffen
    Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
    By JOHN SHIPLEY | jshipley@pioneerpress.com | Pioneer Press

    http://www.twincities.com/2017/12/06/vikings-key-to-stopping-cam-newton-you-keep-on-hitting-him-says-everson-griffen/





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