Chris Olave

New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver
New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver

Chris Olave News

Top wideout in Week 18 loss

Olave had five receptions (on 12 targets) for 60 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 10-7 defeat to the Panthers.

Analysis: Olave reclaimed his role as New Orleans' top wideout after dealing with a hamstring injury over the previous two weeks, accounting for just under half of New Orleans' 25 total targets Week 18. The rookie receiver got started early with two receptions for 32 yards on the opening drive, including a 25-yard receiving touchdown. However, he did cough up a crucial fumble at the Carolina 24-yard line during the second quarter. This still marked the 6-foot-1 receiver's first game with double-digit targets since Week 7. Olave finishes the 2022 regular season with 72 receptions (on 119 targets) for 1,042 yards and four touchdowns. He also did a very effective job while stepping up with previous No. 1 wideout Michael Thomas (toe) sidelined for all but three games this season, as Olave now has the second-most receiving yards of any rookie receiver in Saints' history. Expect Olave to enter the 2023 campaign as one the likely frontrunners for the team's top receiver role.

Jan 8, 2023 3:20 PM EST

Third in top receiving trio

Olave tallied four receptions (on five targets) for 42 yards during Sunday's 20-10 victory versus Philadelphia.

Analysis: Olave played 61 percent of the Saints' offensive snaps in his first game back from a hamstring injury. The rookie first-rounder didn't appear limited by this issue while catching all three of his targets for 31 yards on New Orleans' opening drive. Olave was targeted twice throughout the remainder of the first half, the second of which was undercut for an interception by Eagles cornerback Josiah Scott. His opportunities then shrunk to zero when the Saints' offense shifted to a ball-control game script during the second half. Olave finished third on the team in targets behind tight end Juwan Johnson (seven) and wideout Rashid Shaheed (six), the latter of whom has come on as one of the team's top receivers over the past four games. Olave has now topped more than six targets just once since Week 9, so it's a safe bet that he'll continue to split targets as one piece of the Saints' top receiving trio during next week's regular-season finale.

Jan 2, 2023 6:59 AM EST

Active against Eagles

Olave (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Olave returns from a one-game absence to face one of the best secondaries in the league, led by perimeter corners Darius Slay and James Bradberry. The Saints figure to roll with Olave, Rashid Shaheed and Tre'Quan Smith as their top three wide receivers, while Marquez Callaway is a healthy scratch.

Jan 1, 2023 8:39 AM EST

Expected to play Sunday

Olave (hamstring) is expected to suit up for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Olave sat out Week 16 due to a hamstring injury but has since managed to return to practice as a limited participant, and it looks like the Saints expect him to be back on the field Sunday. The rookie first-round pick's status will be made official prior to Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 1, 2023 2:12 AM EST

Status in question for Sunday

Olave (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest at Philadelphia, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: One week removed from not practicing before the Saints ruled him out for Week 16 action at Cleveland, Olave was able to muster three limited sessions this Wednesday through Friday as he continues to work through a hamstring issue. With a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday, his status will become known before the early slate of games. If New Orleans includes Olave on its inactive list, the team will rely on Rashid Shaheed, Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway and Kirk Merritt at wide receiver.

Dec 30, 2022 12:21 PM EST

Remains limited Thursday

Olave (hamstring) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday.

Analysis: With back-to-back capped sessions under his belt to begin Week 17 prep, Olave is in a better spot than a week ago, when he didn't practice at all before he was sidelined this past Saturday at Cleveland with a hamstring issue. It remains to be seen if he'll enter this weekend with a designation for Sunday's game in Philadelphia, something that will become known once the Saints release their final injury report of the week Friday.

Dec 29, 2022 12:58 PM EST

Officially limited Wednesday

Olave (hamstring) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Prior to being inactive this past Saturday in Cleveland due to a hamstring issue, Olave was held out of all drills last week, so his return Wednesday is a step in the right direction as the Saints prepare for Sunday's game at Philadelphia. He'll aim to increase his activity level in the coming days, with Friday's practice report indicating whether or not he enters the weekend with a designation for Week 17 action.

Dec 28, 2022 1:35 PM EST

Back at practice Wednesday

Olave (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Olave didn't practice at all due to a hamstring issue during Week 16 prep before he was ruled out for this past Saturday's game at Cleveland. It marked the second absence for what's been a productive first pro campaign for the 11th overall pick of this year's draft, as he's just 60 yards shy of 1,000 receiving yards with two games to go in the regular season. Wednesday's injury report will reveal how much work Olave was able to handle.

Dec 28, 2022 12:31 PM EST

Sidelined for Week 16

Olave (hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Browns, Terrin Waack of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: New Orleans will have to get by without two of its starting receivers in Week 16, as neither Olave nor Jarvis Landry (ankle) will be available after both weren't able to practice Friday in any fashion. With the star rookie sidelined and the veteran slot man sitting out, the Saints are left with Rashid Shaheed, Tre'Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway as their likely starting receiver trio.

Dec 22, 2022 12:28 PM EST

Another DNP on Wednesday

Olave (hamstring) was held out of practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Olave has yet to practice this week as he tends to a hamstring issue, giving him just one more opportunity to get some on-field work before the Saints file their final Week 16 injury report Thursday. Fellow wide receiver Jarvis Landry made a sudden appearance on Wednesday's report as a non-participant due to an ankle concern, so this position group will be one to monitor as Saturday's game at Cleveland approaches.

Dec 21, 2022 1:25 PM EST

Not seen at practice Wednesday

Olave (hamstring) was spotted at Wednesday's practice, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Olave may be trending toward a second consecutive absence from on-field work as he deals with a hamstring issue, which would give him just one more chance to mix into drills during Week 16 prep. Wednesday's injury report will reveal whether or not he's a DNP.

Dec 21, 2022 1:06 PM EST

Dealing with hamstring issue

Olave was listed as a non-participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report due to a hamstring injury.

Analysis: Aside from sitting out Week 6 with a concussion, Olave has been a modicum of health during his rookie season en route to 63 catches (on 102 targets) for 940 yards and three touchdowns in 13 appearances. Now with a new injury in tow, he'll have two more sessions to get back on the field before the Saints potentially hand him a designation for Saturday's game in Cleveland.

Dec 20, 2022 1:05 PM EST

Moderate outing in rush-heavy win

Olave had three receptions (on four targets) for 53 yards during Sunday's 21-18 victory over Atlanta.

Analysis: Olave logged one his more pedestrian stat lines of the season, as he matched his season low for receptions in a game. However, the rookie wideout still tied Rashid Shaheed for the Saints' second-most targets behind tight end Juwan Johnson (six). Olave also posted at least one reception of 20 or more yards for the ninth time in 13 games this season. The No. 1 wideout should continue to serve a prominent role in New Orleans' limited passing offense against Cleveland in Week 16.

Dec 18, 2022 7:15 PM EST

Top target in loss

Olave reeled in four of six targets for 65 yards during Monday's 17-16 defeat to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Olave once again paced the Saints in targets during this solid outing for quarterback Andy Dalton. However, the rookie still finished as the team's second-leading receiver behind wideout Rashid Shaheed, who posted a career-high 75 receiving yards. Olave also made an uncharacteristic drop on third down that would have given New Orleans' offense an additional red-zone opportunity late in the second quarter. The No. 1 wideout has been one of the most consistent offensive players for the Saints this year, and, following their Week 14 bye, he should have a chance to post a better stat line against Atlanta's 26th-ranked pass defense.

Dec 5, 2022 10:15 PM EST

Leads team in receiving

Olave hauled in five of nine targets for 62 yards in Sunday's 13-0 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: New Orleans' offense sputtered as a whole, but Olave was able to produce against a tough defense. The standout rookie could have had a bigger game had his quarterback not struggled, as he almost made two circus catches on poorly-thrown balls that would have resulted in an additional 30-plus yards and a touchdown. It was still a productive fantasy line from the 22-year-old, who now boasts a 56/822/3 receiving line through 11 contests. Olave remains the Saints clear No. 1 wideout heading into next Monday's pivotal division matchup against the Saints.

Nov 27, 2022 6:28 PM EST

Hauls in 53-yard touchdown

Olave caught five of six targets for 102 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 27-20 victory versus the Rams.

Analysis: Olave led the Saints in receptions and receiving yards with the team's pass-catching corps at full strength outside of Deonte Harty (foot) and Michael Thomas (toe), who are both out on IR. After catching his lone target of the first half for 12 yards, the first-round rookie logged three receptions of 14 yards or more in the second half. Olave also reeled in a 53-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton in the third quarter, marking the wideout's longest reception of the season. This game represents a resurgent performance for Dalton and the entire New Orleans' passing offense, though it could be tough replicating these results next week against the 49ers.

Nov 20, 2022 3:33 PM EST

Step back against Pittsburgh

Olave recorded three receptions on five targets for 40 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: For the first time since Week 4, Olave faced legitimate target competition due to the return of Jarvis Landry (groin). As a result, Olave earned his fewest targets since Week 1, also turning in his lowest yardage total of the campaign. Olave should have the potential to regain volume moving forward, but the state of the Saints' offense limits his potential to produce consistently.

Nov 13, 2022 4:08 PM EST

Overcomes poor Dalton performance

Olave recorded six receptions on nine targets for 71 yards in Monday's 27-13 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Olave caught a pass on the first play from scrimmage for a gain of 15 yards. It took until there were 25 seconds remaining in the second quarter for him to catch his next pass, but he picked up the pace in the final two quarters as the Saints tried to recover from a significant deficit. As a result, Olave was able to surpass 70 receiving yards for the fourth time in his first eight games in the NFL. He was also the only Saints receiver to surpass 50 receiving yards or three receptions, highlighting his ability to overcome the poor quarterback play of Andy Dalton.

Nov 7, 2022 9:13 PM EST

Likely No. 1 wideout rest of season

Olave appears set to serve as the Saints' top wideout for the rest of the season after head coach Dennis Allen announced Thursday that Michael Thomas (toe) was set to undergo surgery and unlikely to play again in 2022, John Sigler of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Thomas is heading to injured reserve on account of a dislocated second toe on his right foot, an injury that has prevented the three-time Pro Bowler from playing since Week 3. With Allen noting that the Saints aren't counting on Thomas to return before season's end, Olave should remain locked in for high target counts throughout the second half of the campaign. In the four games in which he's played that Thomas has missed -- the rookie sat out Week 6 with a concussion -- Olave has averaged five receptions for 69.8 yards on 8.5 targets per contest. Jarvis Landry (ankle) has also sat out three of those games and could siphon some looks away from Olave once he returns, but there should be enough targets to go around to keep both wideouts highly involved.

Nov 3, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Makes five grabs

Olave caught five of seven targets for 52 yards in Sunday's 24-0 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: Olave trailed only tailback Alvin Kamara in all major receiving categories. The rookie has now topped 50 yards through the air in six straight outings, showing impressive consistency despite a fluctuating Saints quarterback position. In Week 9, Olave is slated to make his first Monday night appearance, as New Orleans plays host to Baltimore.

Oct 30, 2022 1:09 PM EST

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