Greg Olsen is going to Hawaii! Okay, maybe not Hawaii. Olsen and Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly were selected to be part of the Pro Bowl Draft Pool. The Pro Bowl is being played a week before the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona this year.
Team Touchdown or Team Playmaker?
The Pro Bowl is in its second year of its new format. No longer is it strictly NFC vs AFC. Now Olsen and Kuechly will be available to be drafted by one of two team captains, Michael Irvin or Cris Carter. Irvin and Carter are not limited by conference in their selections and will end up with rosters of equal numbers of players in the end of the process.
Cam Newton did not make the Pro Bowl after his tough year with the injuries and uneven team performance of the Panthers. That seems fair. The quarterback position league-wide is pretty deep so known of the guys who made it would easily be replaced by Cam.
Greg Olsen has had a great season for a tight end. He has had 82 receptions for 981 yards so far. It is hard to see Olsen not getting over the thousand yards receiving hump this week against the Falcons. A thousand yard season for a tight end was rare not too long ago. Olsen would pair with Kelvin Benjamin to form the first pair of thousand yard receivers since the Smith-Muhammad years.
Kuechly has continued his solid play week in and week out. He and Thomas Davis are one of the most reliable linebacker duos in the league. Kuechly probably delivered the hit that took out Johnny Manziel last Sunday. Kuechly has 145 tackles on the season and is the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
The Panthers will deploy both of their Pro Bowlers this weekend against the Atlanta Falcons.