If you need to hear some good words about Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen , you should ask head coach Ron Rivera. On Tuesday, and for the second time this month, Rivera put Olsen's name next to the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham.
Rivera said "it's possible" for Olsen to put up numbers comparable to those two players.
"We spread the ball around so much in this offense, but I really thinks it's possible for a guy to have big games and put quite a few of them together and have some big numbers."
About two weeks ago, Rivera said Olsen is in the "same class as Gronkowski and Graham."
Olsen caught 45 passes for 540 yards and six touchdowns last season. His most productive season came in 2009 with the Bears when he caught 60 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns.
Rivera cites the departure of Jeremy Shockey and the addition of blocking fullback Mike Tolbert as a couple more reasons why Olsen could reach such lofty heights. Olsen is a talented pass-catcher, but he's not going to catch more than 10 touchdowns or put up 1,000 yards. For that to be possible, Olsen would need Cam Newton to become as skilled a passer as Tom Brady or Drew Brees. And that ain't happening. Olsen is a TE2.