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Position preview: Tight ends

The tight end position is as important as it's ever been in the history of the NFL, and fortunately the position is in as good a shape for the Panthers as it's ever been. All of the contributors from last season return, headed by the first 1,000-yard tight end in franchise history.


Greg Olsen
After matching rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the team lead with 1,008 receiving yards in 2014, Olsen signed a three-year contract extension that will keep him with Carolina through 2018. … In addition to breaking his own team record for receiving yards by a tight end, broke his own team record for receptions by a tight end with 84 to earn first Pro Bowl nod. … Just as adept as a blocker and rarely comes out of the game. … Has played in 126 consecutive games.

Ed Dickson
Two days into free agency, Dickson signed a three-year contract to remain with the Panthers. … Had six catches for 116 yards in final four games (two regular season, two postseason) after totaling seven catches for 66 yards over first 14 games. … Caught 111 passes for 1,178 yards in four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens before coming to Carolina as an unrestricted free agent in 2014.

Brandon Williams
Has steadily improved since joining Panthers in 2013 after shining at an NFL Regional Combine. … Played in 14 games – up from nine as a rookie – and made first four receptions of his career for 44 yards in 2014. … The 6-4, 255-pounder is affectionately called "Swole Bones" by his teammates for his imposing physique.

Richie Brockel
Versatile contributor who had streak of 43 consecutive games snapped last season after suffering an ankle injury in Week 4 that landed him on injured reserve. … Has four carries and four catches since joining Panthers in 2011 but more known as a blocker at tight end and fullback.


Scott Simonson
Signed as a free agent on June 10 after spending rookie season with the Oakland Raiders, where he played in the final four games but did not record any statistics. … Undrafted out of Assumption College, a Division II school in Massachusetts where he caught 15 touchdowns in four seasons.

Jamie Childers
Coastal Carolina product signed as a free agent May 11 after participating in rookie minicamp as an invited tryout. … Attended training camp with the St. Louis Rams in 2012 and New York Giants in 2013 and spent one game on the Buffalo Bills' practice squad in 2014.

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