CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Greg Olsen is hoping he can be as productive as Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham.
Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes Olsen could be poised for a breakout season not having to share catches with Jeremy Shockey, now a free agent, and with the arrival of new fullback Mike Tolbert, who should lighten Olsen's load as a blocker.
In fact, Rivera believes "it's possible" Olsen could put up numbers similar to what Gronkowski and Graham did last season.
And that's saying something.
Gronkowski turned in a great season a year ago catching 90 passes for 1,327 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns for the AFC champion New England Patriots. Graham had 99 catches for 1,310 yards receiving and 11 scores for the division rival New Orleans Saints.
You'd have to scan a bit further down the list of league leaders -- OK, way down -- to find Olsen's name.
He finished his first season in Carolina (No. 20 in the AP Pro 32) with 45 catches for 540 yards receiving and five to...