There is an old say that is so true in all sports especially in the NFL. Father time is undefeated. There will come a day that the Carolina Panthers will be without All Pro tight end Greg Olsen. What happens once that day is here?
By no means do I think Olsen's time is anywhere close to being over, but the Panthers are starting to look down the road.
Yesterday, the team claimed Marcus Lucas off waivers from the Chicago Bears.
That now gives the team 8 tight ends on the roster.
"Our meeting room is not very big," said Olsen today at Charlotte Motor Speedway after he was certified to drive the pace car before Saturday's All Star Race. "We had to pull in some extra cafeteria chairs today to get everybody in the room for the installs."
Ed Dickson is back with the team after catching 17 passes last season with 2 TD but he is entering his 7th year in the NFL.
Some of the new guys in the tight end room include 7th round draft pick Beau Sandland and undrafted rookie free agent Braxton Deaver from Duke.
"Maybe it's the phase out of Greg Olsen," said Olsen with a smile on his face. It was a joke but there is also the harsh reality of the NFL. He knows there will come a day when the business dictates that things have to change and young guys become a threat to take playing time.
"I will always do everything in my power to help them improve, help them be the best they can," said the 31 year old veteran. "And at the same time make it really hard for them to ever beat me out. That's just the nature of the business and I think everyone understands that."
Why do I feel Olsen's time is far from being over with this team? He is still producing at a high level.
Last year, he had 77 receptions for 1104 yards and 7 TD. That's his 2nd straight thousand yard season receiving and he was named to his 2nd Pro Bowl.
He also has been very durable as he has started and played in all 16 regular season games the last 4 years.
So, calm down Panthers fans. This is not a blog to say the team needs to get rid of Olsen. But it is time to pay attention to which young guy might step up and play a bigger role on the team with an eye on the future.
"The reality is, I'm not 25 anymore," said Olsen.
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