Greg Olsen caught his first touchdown this season.

Week two this season Olsen broke his foot against Buffalo Bills. He was placed on injured reserve but after rehabbing returned to the team’s active roster week 12. His first game back he had one catch for 10 yards and in week 14 he had no catches in a Panthers 31-24 win over the Vikings. Getting him back in the fold for the offense was a priority, head coach Ron Rivera said during last Monday’s press conference.

“He’s too valuable a weapon for us not to use,” Rivera said.

While he was getting open against the Vikings Cam Newton targeted 11 other players, Rivera said. Making Olsen amongst one of Newton’s top progression options was key and it appears he did that week 15 against the Green Bay Packers, Sunday.

Olsen racked up nine catches for 116 yards and one touchdown on a 30-yard completion from Newton.

“He’s BAAAAACK! #KeepPounding,” Carolina Panthers tweeted out the highlight to Olsen’s first touchdown catch of the season.

Rivera was pleased to see him wheel in more targets as well.

“Its good to see Greg Olsen back on the field and watch him play the way he did,” Rivera said after Sunday’s game.

Newton was able to throw of 242 yards and four touchdowns with a quarterback rating of 128. Not only does Olsen’s on field production help Newton but his leadership, Newton said.

“He’s the chaperone in the huddle,” Newton said of Olsen.

Relaying calls to Olsen, he makes sure Newton makes the right call, if not he makes adjustments, and then relays the play to the offense. Now that Olsen is picking up his game he’s becoming another dangerous weapon on the field.

“With Greg being back a couple of weeks…he starting to get back to his regular self just finding the open holes, the open zones,” Newton said.

By Gino Terrell

This article was originally published in MCXV December 17, 2017.

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