The Bears’ rookie tight end sure is getting a whole lot of attention lately. Some of that likely has to do with his being the first TE taken by Chicago since none other than Mike Ditka, but this offense as a whole seems to have come alive in the offseason, and Olsen appears likely to get his share in 2007.
This is welcome news to fantasy managers who aren’t willing to spend a 4th-round pick on the only tight end worth a roster position, Gates. Somewhat sadly, the hype alone is probably enough to make Olsen a low-end #1 fantasy TE, since hardly any of the others are even remotely exciting to own. After reading stuff like this…
So the Bears have moved Olsen all over the field in their offense. He’s been in the slot, split out, in the backfield and at a regular tight end position.
It’s almost impossible for linebackers to cover Olsen in passes considering his 4.5-second 40-yard dash time. On Wednesday, he beat Lance Briggs downfield for a deep catch.
…I think he’s startable based on upside alone. If he disappoints, so what? Half your league won’t be getting jack from their TE spot either.