The Carolina Panthers had a luxury at tight end last season with both Jeremy Shockey and Greg Olsen serving as a tandem.
Shockey, the hard-nosed veteran with a flair for the bizarre, and Olsen, the younger vet with similar potential but a vastly different demeanor, teamed together to give the Panthers and rookie quarterback one of the best tight end duos in the NFL. They combined to haul in 82 passes for 995 yards and nine touchdowns.
But as individuals, those werent the kinds of numbers either player had been used to posting. And with Carolina having brought in more established wide receivers and multi-dimensional mighty-might Mike Tolbert to complement 12-year star Steve Smith, there wasnt a need for Shockey anymore.
So now the majority of the work load will go to Olsen, and second-year head coach Ron Rivera is excited about this opportunity. Hes so confident in Olsen he believes the former Virginia Cavalier can reach the level of NFL star tight ends Jimmy Graham and Rob Gronko...