Gunner Olszewski

Gunner Olszewski

Wide Receiver #72
Team: New England Patriots
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 170 lb.
College:Bemidji State
Born:November 26, 1996
Drafted:2019 / UDFA

Gunner Olszewski: Strong work on special teams

Olszewski finished the 2020 season with five catches (on five targets) for 62 yards and a TD and five carries for 23 yards in 13 games.

Analysis: While Olszewski didn't see much work in the Patriots offense this past season, he did make quite a mark as a returner, fielding 18 kickoffs for 418 yards and 20 punts for 346 yards and a TD. His strong effort in that department led to the 24-year-old being selected to the AP 2020 All-Pro First Team as a special teamer. Olszewski is under contract with New England through 2021and should thus reprise his role in the return game this coming season. Whether he sees more opportunities as a pass catcher, however, hinges largely on the team's offseason moves at the wide receiver position.

January 14, 2021 9:22 AM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Makes two trips to end zone

Olszewski turned his only target into a 38-yard touchdown and added a 70-yard punt return touchdown during Sunday's 45-0 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Olszewski put his team out to a 14-point lead when he returned a punt down the sideline to paydirt in the second quarter and capped off the scoring with a 38-yard touchdown reception from Jarrett Stidham in the final minutes. He came into the game with just five carries and two receptions to his name this season, so the two-score effort was certainly surprising. Olszewski could make the case for more involvement in the offense moving forward after flashing his potential in this one, but he seems unlikely to produce reliable fantasy numbers in Thursday's matchup with the Rams.

December 6, 2020 7:23 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Logs three carries in Week 9

Olszewski carried three times for 16 yards and lost a yard on his only catch in Monday's 30-27 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Olszewski logged 35 (out of a possible 81) snaps on offense in the contest, as his role has expanded of late, with Julian Edelman (knee) on IR and N'Keal Harry dealing with a concussion. Despite the added work, Olszewski's impact outside of the team's return game has remained modest.

November 10, 2020 11:57 AM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Logs 42 snaps Sunday

Olszewski recorded one carry for six yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: With Julian Edelman (knee) on IR and N'Keal Harry out with a concussion, Olszewski started and logged 42 of a possible 65 snaps on offense Sunday, but didn't log a target. If Harry returns in Week 9 and/or the Patriots add wide receiver help prior to the trade deadline, Olszewski could see decreased snaps next Monday against the Jets. In any case, Olszewski is off the fantasy radar as long he remains an afterthought in New England's passing game.

November 2, 2020 11:28 AM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Activated from IR

Olszewski (foot) has been activated off IR in advance of Monday night's game against the Chiefs, Zack Cox of reports.

Analysis: The return of Olszewski will be a boost to the Patriots' return game, but he re-enters the team's Week 4 mix behind Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry and Damiere Byrd in the Patriots' wide receiver pecking order.

October 5, 2020 2:00 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Resumes practicing

Olszewski (foot) is participating in Wednesday's practice, Andrew Callahan of The Springfield Republican reports.

Analysis: The Patriots have designated Olszewski to return from IR, meaning the team will have a 21-day window to add him to the active roster. He's expected to contribute as a depth wideout and option in the return game when healthy.

September 30, 2020 10:39 AM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Lands on injured reserve

Olszewski (foot) has been placed on injured reserve with a designation to return Saturday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Olszewski was ruled out for the team's Week 1 matchup against Miami on Friday. However, he'll now be sidelined until at least Week 4. His absence will leave a void in both kick and punt return duties, with Matthew Slater and Damiere Byrd primary options to take over.

September 12, 2020 2:11 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Unavailable against Dolphins

Olszewski (foot) won't play in Sunday's game versus the Dolphins, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Olszewski looked good in training camp, but he sustained an injury recently and won't be available for the season opener. With N'Keal Harry (shoulder) considered questionable, the Patriots' receiver corps could be shorthanded in Week 1. Jakobi Meyers and Matthew Slater should both see increased reps to start the year as a result.

September 11, 2020 1:25 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Limited by foot injury

Olszewski (foot) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: We now know that Olszewski is dealing with a foot issue, but his presence on the field this week suggests that he could be ready to go for Sunday's season opener against the Dolphins. Olszewski is part of a Patriots receiving corps that's work in progress. Though he's clearly behind both Julian and Edelman and N'Keal Harry in the team's pecking order -- and probably Damiere Byrd to start the season -- the team's lack of proven depth could open the door for expanded opportunities for Olszewski as the campaign rolls along.

September 9, 2020 4:03 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Spotted at Monday's practice

Olszewski (undisclosed) was present for the media-access period following Monday's practice, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: While Olszewski was absent at the beginning of Monday's practice for an unspecified reason, it's encouraging that he was present toward the end while other injured players remained away from the team. While it's unclear if Olszewski participated at full speed, we should know more about the nature of his injury when the first official injury report is revealed Wednesday. The 23-year-old wideout was impressive in training camp and is slated to be the No. 4 receiver in New England once he's healthy since the team cut Mohamed Sanu and Jeff Thomas.

September 7, 2020 10:19 AM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Has missed practice

Olszewski has missed practice of late with an unspecified issue, NESN's Zack Cox reports.

Analysis: On the plus side, the 6-0, 190-pounder survived roster cuts and as the team's receiving corps is presently stands, the Bemidji State product is is a break or two away from entering the fantasy equation. It's possible that further roster moves are on the horizon for the Patriots, but Olszewski's strong training camp made it easier for the team to move on from veteran Mohamed Sanu and waive both Jeff Thomas and Devin Ross.

September 7, 2020 9:49 AM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Having good camp

Olszewski has had a strong training camp, Doug Kyed of reports.

Analysis: With that in mind, Kyed indicates that to date, "Olszewski has looked like the second best WR in camp behind Julian Edelman." A strong camp and the fact that he can be a factor as a returner help Olszewski's chances of making the Patriots' regular-season roster, but he's clearly behind Edelman, N'Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu in the team's wide receiver pecking order. The 6-foot, 190-pounder also has the likes of Damiere Byrd and Jakobi Meyers to contend with for depth slotting.

August 24, 2020 12:17 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Clear of ankle injury

Olszewski (ankle) was taking part in informal throwing sessions with other wideouts and Jarrett Stidham, Christopher Smith of Mass Live reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old caught two passes for 34 yards and averaged nine yards on 20 punt returns in eight games before landing on injured reserve with the ankle issue in November, but he apparently didn't have any problems during his recovery. Olszewski figures to work in depth role again in 2020 while also splitting punt return duties with Julian Edelman.

June 23, 2020 3:17 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Placed on injured reserve

Olszewski (ankle) was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots on Tuesday, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Accordingly, Olszewski's season is over. He totaled two catches for 34 yards on the season to go with 179 yards on punt returns. Mohamed Sanu (ankle) handled punt-return duties in Week 11 against the Eagles and if healthy, figures to share those duties with Julian Edelman going forward.

November 19, 2019 1:51 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: No-go for Week 11

Olszewski (ankle) is officially inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Olszewski practice in a limited basis Friday, and as evidenced by this news, seems to be dealing with an issue serious enough to force him to miss time. In his stead, Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman will be called upon to handle kick and punt return duties respectively.

November 17, 2019 12:11 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Officially questionable

Olszewski (ankle/hamstring) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Olszewski was limited in Friday's practice due to ankle and hamstring issues. If the rookie first-round pick were forced to miss any time, Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman would field kicks and punts, respectively.

November 15, 2019 1:46 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Healthy going forward

Olszewski (ankle) was absent from the injury report Wednesday.

Analysis: Olszewski missed the Week 9's loss to the Ravens, but he leveraged the bye week to get healthy. The rookie wideout will suit up for Sunday's game against the Ravens, but he's not expected to have a major role on offense, especially with rookie first-round pick N'Keal Harry in line for his NFL debut.

November 13, 2019 3:00 PM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Catches first two passes as a pro

Olszewskiwas on the field for 50 of a possible 82 snaps on offense in Thursday's 35-14 win over the Giants, en route to catching two of his three targets for 34 yards.

Analysis: Olszewski, who has been serving as the Patriots' punt returner, saw his profile in the team's offense expand Thursday, with Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) inactive and Josh Gordon (knee) forced out of the contest after seeing just 26 snaps. The Patriots don't play again until Oct. 21 and if either Dorsett or Gordon are able to play then, Olszewski figures to revert to his usual role, which didn't yield him a catch through his first five contests this season.

October 11, 2019 9:49 AM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Ready to rock

Olszewski (hamsting) will play in Sunday's tilt against the Bills.

Analysis: Olszewski was a late addition to the injury report heading into the game, but as evidenced by this news, could've been just precautionary. With Julian Edelman's (chest) snap count unclear for the game, Olszewski could see time in the offense, as well as being deployed as the team punt return man for Week 4.

September 29, 2019 8:44 AM EST

Gunner Olszewski: Hamstring injury crops up

Olszewski (hamstring) has been added to the New England's injury report ahead of Sunday's matchup with Buffalo, Mike Reiss of ESPN's NFL Nation reports. He's listed as questionable.

Analysis: Olszewski isn't an impact player on offense but normally handles punt return duties. Julian Edelman would be the likeliest candidate to take over punt return duties if Olszewski can't go.

September 28, 2019 5:03 PM EST

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