Chris Olave

New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver
New Orleans Saints
Wide Receiver

Chris Olave News

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

Clears century mark in return

Olave brought in seven of 14 targets for 106 yards in the Saints' 42-34 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Analysis: The rookie led the Saints in receptions, receiving yards and targets in his return from a one-game absence due to a concussion. Olave recorded a 41-yard reception for his longest catch, and he naturally served as a primary target for Andy Dalton on a night when Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) were sidelined once again. Olave now has two 100-yard efforts in his first six career games, giving him plenty of momentum regardless of the availability of his position mates going into a Week 8 interconference home matchup against the Raiders a week from Sunday.

Oct 20, 2022 8:53 PM EST

Not listed on injury report

Olave wasn't listed on Monday's estimated injury report, Tyler Drake of reports.

Analysis: Olave has cleared concussion protocols and should be good to go for Week 7. Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) continue to deal with lingering injuries, so Olave is currently in line to be the Saints' No. 1 wideout against the Cardinals on Thursday. Across five appearances, the rookie first-round pick has caught 25 of 42 targets for 389 yards and two scores.

Oct 17, 2022 1:49 PM EST

Waiting for final clearance

Olave passed all of the league's concussion protocol steps Monday and is waiting for final clearance, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: Olave suffered the concussion during a touchdown catch in Week 5 and was sidelined for Week 6. However, he appears to be progressing well and could return to practice soon. Nonetheless, New Orleans has a quick turnaround into Thursday Night Football, so they may not rush the rookie wideout into action in Week 7. Michael Thomas (ankle) has missed three straight games and may wind up on IR, per Terrell, and Jarvis Landry hasn't practiced since Week 4 prep, so if Olave is available against Arizona, he'd operate as the Saints' No. 1 receiver.

Oct 17, 2022 9:47 AM EST

Not playing in Week 6

Olave (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Analysis: Since sustaining a concussion when his helmet hit the turf on a touchdown grab last Sunday versus the Seahawks, Olave made noticeable progress through league protocols, logging limited and full sessions to cap Week 6 prep. Still, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported late Saturday that Olave wasn't expected to suit up this weekend. Now that the rookie first-rounder's status is confirmed, Olave will join Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) on the sideline, leaving Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, Keith Kirkwood, Rashid Shaheed and Kevin White to man wide receiver for the Saints.

Oct 16, 2022 8:35 AM EST

Unlikely for Week 6

Olave (concussion), officially listed as questionable, is unlikely to play in Week 6 against the Bengals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Olave was listed as a full practice participant Friday, so this report comes as a bit of a surprise. However, it's likely an indication that Olave hasn't fully progressed through the league's concussion protocol. If he is unable to suit up, the Saints' receiving corps will be depleted -- also missing Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (groin).

Oct 15, 2022 8:30 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Olave (concussion) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: The Saints listed the rookie as a full practice participant Friday, though multiple beat reporters said he didn't do much during the open portion of practice. Olave apparently did more once the doors were closed, and the Saints will give him a chance to clear concussion protocol before their 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff this Sunday. Fellow wide receivers Michael Thomas (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Deonte Harty (foot) have been ruled out, leaving the Saints with Olave, Marquez Callaway and Tre'Quan Smith on the active roster, while Keith Kirkwood, Kirk Merritt and Kevin White are the WR options on the practice squad.

Oct 14, 2022 12:56 PM EST

Officially limited Thursday

Olave (concussion) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Olave didn't join his teammates in drills Wednesday, officially going down as a DNP, but Underhill reported after the session that the rookie wide receiver was in the third stage of the protocol for head injuries. With Thursday's development, Olave has taken another step in his recovery, taking part in football-specific exercise during the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media, according to Underhill. Olave will have a chance to bump to full Friday, but even if he doesn't he at least has put himself in a position to miss no time due to the concussion that he suffered this past Sunday versus the Seahawks.

Oct 13, 2022 1:25 PM EST

Progressing through concussion protocol

Olave currently is in the third of five stages of the concussion protocol as of Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Olave left the Saints' Week 5 win against the Seahawks in third quarter after his helmet hit the turf as he hauled in a touchdown. While he wasn't able to practice Wednesday, he took part in stretching before going to the side at the start of the session. This is consistent with the third stage of the protocol for head injuries, which allows for football-specific exercise. Next up will be non-contact drills, so Olave's status on Thursday's report may reveal that he's made additional progress.

Oct 12, 2022 3:30 PM EST

DNP on Wednesday

Olave (concussion) officially didn't practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Olave joined his teammates for stretching prior to Wednesday's session before going to the side, according to Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football. On a positive note, Olave at least was on the field, which can't be said for fellow wide receivers Michael Thomas (foot), Jarvis Landry (ankle) and Deonte Harty (foot). It appears Olave has made some progress through the concussion he sustained when his helmet banged the turf at the end of his third-quarter TD catch this past Sunday versus the Seahawks, and the rookie first-round pick still has two practices this week to make his presence felt in drills.

Oct 12, 2022 2:05 PM EST

Makes appearance at practice

Olave (concussion) took part in stretching before moving to the side during Wednesday's practice, Mike Triplett of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Olave picked up a head injury when his helmet struck the turf as he was tackled to the ground during a touchdown catch this past Sunday against the Seahawks. It's unclear if he'll do enough to be termed limited to kick off Week 6 prep, but coach Dennis Allen noted Wednesday that the rookie wide receiver remains in the concussion protocol, according to Erin Summers of the Saints' official site.

Oct 12, 2022 12:27 PM EST

Remains in concussion protocol

Saints head coach Dennis Allen said Monday that Olave remains in concussion protocols but felt better following Sunday's win over the Seahawks, Katherine Terrell of reports.

Analysis: Olave suffered a concussion after hitting his head on the turf while being tackled during his third-quarter touchdown. In the absence of Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle), the rookie finished the contest with four receptions on six targets for 54 yards and the lone score. However, Olave and Deonte Harty (foot) both left the contest, leaving Marquez Callaway, Tre'Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood as the top healthy wideouts. Wednesday's practice report will give a better indication on which of New Orleans' pass catchers will be available for Week 6 against the Bengals.

Oct 10, 2022 1:32 PM EST

Concussion confirmed

Olave sustained a concussion during Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

Analysis: Olave picked up the injury when his head hit the turf hard as he was tackled by a Seattle defender on a third-quarter touchdown. His final Week 5 line will read four catches for 54 yards and the score on six targets. With Michael Thomas (foot) and Jarvis Landry (ankle) inactive and Deonte Harty (foot) leaving this contest as well, Marquez Callaway, Tre'Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood are the Saints' healthy wide receivers.

Oct 9, 2022 12:24 PM EST

To be examined for head injury

Olave left Sunday's game against the Seahawks to be evaluated for a head injury, Deuce Windham of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: In the process of making a 16-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, Olave's head hit the turf hard as he was tackled to the ground. After a check from the Saints' medical staff, he was able to get to his feet and go to the locker room. If he's unable to return, Olave will finish Week 5 with four catches (on six targets) for 54 yards and the aforementioned score.

Oct 9, 2022 12:12 PM EST

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