After losing Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell and Ted Ginn following last season, the main point of discussion about the Carolina Panthers is the fact that they have no receivers. Nope. None. Cam Newton has no one to throw the ball to.
Well, tight end Greg Olsen is pretty sick of hearing that to this point.
Not only is he tired of hearing about it, but he wants everyone to know that he’d completely confident in the group that the team has at the moment.
“It’s kind of been the storyline of the offseason. Any time the Panthers have come up that’s kind of been the first comment made by everybody. I think guys are just kind of tired of it,” Olsen said Wednesday in a phone interview. “I think we feel confident about our group. I think people are eager to get there, get to work and put together what works for us as an offense.”
While the big names are gone, the team did go our and get replacements in the form of veterans Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery, who Olsen believes will be viable assets to the organization. Oh, yeah, and then there’s also that 6’5″ Kelvin Benjamin guy they drafted in the first round this past May out of Florida State.
“Those guys are productive, successful veterans in the NFL, and those guys don’t just grow on trees,” Olsen said. “I think people are going to be very happy with what they see out of those guys. I know the team is. …
“Then you add a young guy like Kelvin to the mix, a little younger, bigger-body guy – I think it’s going to be a mix of playing to everybody’s strength.”
Well, we’ll see soon enough whether or not Olsen has a point.