The Panthers Greg Olsen is among the NFL's elite tight ends right now and against the Atlanta Falcons he made NFL history. With his first catch of the afternoon in the 2nd quarter, Olsen became the first tight end in NFL history to record three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons! Sounds crazy, right? With Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham, and Rob Gronkowski all lighting it up at the position not to mention guys like Jason Witten who has been as consistent as they come or Dallas Clark who was killing defenses with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis in the early-to-mid 2000's it's hard to believe that Olsen is the first to accomplish this goal, but he is.
- Antonio Gates has just two 1,000-yard season to his credit in 14 seasons, none since 2009
- Rob Gronksowki has three seasons of 1,000+ yards and had he played a full 2016 slate, would have joined Olsen this year in the three straight 1,000-yard season club
- Jimmy Graham has two 1,000-yard seasons, his last coming in New Orleans in 2013
- Jason Witten has four seasons of 1,000 yards with his latest 1K effort occurring in 2012
- Tony Gonzalez, the greatest tight end of all-time, had just four years of 1,000 yards in his 17-year career; once having back-to-back years of 1,000 yards in 2007 and 2008 - his last year to be in the 1K club
Olsen has hauled in at least 77 receptions each of the last three seasons as well, while being targeted over 120 times each year. He set a career-high with his 1,104 yards in 2015 and could break that single-season mark with 54 yards against the Buccaneers in week 17 on New Year's Day.
Congratulations to Greg Olsen on making NFL history!