Many Panther fans were shocked that Greg Olsen was wearing a boot on his leg using crutches in the game against the Bills. He suffered his injury on a non contact play during the first half of the game. It caused him to limp to the trainers and go into the locker room to get his foot checked out. It is a big loss for the Carolina Panthers but Ron Rivera is not too concerned because he knows that Ed Dickson will step up! The Panthers still have a very talented offense without Olsen and are capable of having a great season! They are off to a great 2-0 start and it looks like the defense can continue to stop other offenses from scoring touchdowns. With the star tight end out for many games the Panthers defense and offense will have to carry each other. This team can still keep it’s momentum going just like they did when Kelvin Benjamin tore his ACL. The offense still has McCaffrey, Stewart, Dickson, Funchess, Benjamin, and Shepard for Cam Newton to lean on!
The good news is that we can also rely on Cam Newton’s running ability to convert first downs. Carolina has such a great quarterback that they can use Newton as two positions. Once he gets out of the pocket and cut loose he is gone! Ed Dickson had 2 receptions for 26 yards yesterday against the Bills. He is definitely a fantastic fit for the backup spot and the Panthers offense should get used to the slight change fairly quickly. The Panthers will play the 0-2 Saints at home this Sunday and it will be a nice game to see how the offense will thrive without Olsen. Of course everyone will miss Greg Olsen during the next 6-8 games but it is nothing to stress out about at this point.
Lastly we cannot forget about the Panthers dynamic run game which continues to break defensive lines into pieces. Whenever the Panthers have a rough passing day then they can always hand the ball to Stewart or McCaffrey to get some good yards! This is a young offense which will continue to test its talent and in the worst case the defense always gets the ball back to the offense. Olsen had surgery this morning and all is well! There is no exact time table yet for when he returns but when he does most likely it will almost be playoff time for the Panthers. This team is a true contender this year and all we can do right now is look forward to the game this Sunday against the Saints! Let’s dedicate this season to Greg Olsen! Keep Pounding 88!!