I will go through 20 burning fantasy questions leading into the season. Question #7: Who will be the breakout TE of 2012?
There is quite of few young TEs that could really breakout this season such as Kyle Rudolph, Jared Cook, and Jermaine Gresham, but the guy I like to make a huge jump this season is Greg Olsen.
Jeremy Shockey leaves behind 37 receptions, 455 yards, and 4 TDs. If Olsen can manage to gather up half of that goodness, we are looking at 64 rec, 725 yards, and 7 TDs. Easily top 10 numbers that can be had in the late rounds of your draft. It’s not a question of talent with Olsen. Greg Olsen has been a talented, yet under utilized TE since he left the U. The Bears couldn’t figure out how to use him right and the Panthers decided to employ two TEs, instead of featuring Olsen.
This season Shockey is gonesyky and HC Ron Rivera thinks he could put up numbers similar numbers to Gronk or Graham. That might be a little too much to ask, but here is what Rivera said: “This will be his first real opportunity with us to step up and be the starting tight end and be the guy.” ”You watch him catch footballs and you watch him run routes and you see those trails that say you can fit into that group. We’re excited about it.”
I think this season Greg Olsen has a big chance to move into the elite level of Tight End. Cam Newton is only going to get better and with Shockey gone, Olsen will be the guy in the middle of the field. He is a big, athletic guy that just needs to be utilized correctly and we are looking at a top 5 TE. I predict it will happen.
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