Greg Olsen, fresh off becoming the seventh tight end in NFL history to record consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons, ascended to No. 38 on the NFL's latest "Top 100" list.
One year after debuting at No. 89 on the list, Olsen cracked the top 40 in the annual countdown on the NFL Network.
Olsen is the fifth Panther to make the list so far this season, with quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Kuechly presumably still to come. Running back Jonathan Stewart made the list for the first time at No. 86, followed by center Ryan Kalil at No. 79, defensive tackle Kawann Short at No. 58 and linebacker Thomas Davis at No. 54.
Olsen racked up a career-high 1,104 receiving yards last season, marking the third time in the last four seasons he has established a new franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end. He is now the franchise's all-time leader in catches (348) and receiving yards (4,311) by a tight end.
The Panthers sent a third-round draft pick to the Chicago Bears in 2011 in exchange for Olsen, a first-round selection by the Bears in the 2007 NFL Draft. Last season, Olsen helped the Panthers pace the NFL with a franchise-record 500 points. He scored seven touchdowns and ranked second in the NFL among tight ends in receiving yards and fourth in receptions (77).
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