Gunner Olszewski

Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #72
Pittsburgh Steelers
Wide Receiver #72

Gunner Olszewski News

Racks up 39 yards

Olszewski secured two of three targets for 39 yards during the Steelers' 37-30 loss to the Bengals on Sunday.

Analysis: Olszewski had his first reception of the season last week and had an uptick in offensive production during Sunday's Week 11 matchup. He played 42 percent of the team's offensive snaps and was relatively efficient with his limited opportunities. While the 25-year-old has been slightly more involved in Pittsburgh's offense after the team traded Chase Claypool to the Bears, Olszewski still hasn't had a very fantasy-relevant role for managers outside of deeper leagues.

Nov 21, 2022 7:08 AM EST


Loses role as returner

Olszewski (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills, Chris Halicke of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.

Analysis: Olszewski has fumbled twice across four games in his role as the Steelers' primary kick and punt returner. As a result, he'll be inactive for the first time this season. Steven Sims appears to be a candidate to takeover Olszewski's role on special teams.

Oct 9, 2022 8:54 AM EST



Listed as top return man

Olszewski is listed as the top kick returner and punt returner on the Steelers' Week 1 depth chart, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

Analysis: Olszewski spent the last three seasons with the Patriots and drew just 12 targets over that stretch, but he carved out a role as a returner in New England. It seems as though he'll play a similar role for the Steelers, as he's slated to serve as depth among the team's receivers but should have a chance to make an impact in the return game.

Sep 5, 2022 1:06 PM EST


Joining Steelers

Olszewski has agreed to a two-year, $4.2 million deal with the Steelers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Over his three seasons with the Patriots, Olszewski recorded just nine catches, but perhaps the 25-year-old will be more involved as a pass-catcher with the Steelers in 2022. In any case, the 6-foot, 190-pounder should continue to make his mark as a quality punt/kick returner.

Mar 18, 2022 2:04 PM EST


Headed for free agency

Olszewski won't be offered a contract tender by the Patriots, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: As a result, the depth wideout/special-teamer will become an unrestricted free agent. It's still possible the 25-year-old could end up re-signing with New England, but he'll now have an opportunity test free agency. In three NFL seasons, Olszewski has recorded just nine catches, but his ability as punt and kick returner will no doubt assist in finding him a landing spot for the 2022 season.

Mar 16, 2022 12:55 PM EST



Mimimal role in offense this season

Olszewski finished the 2021 regular season with two catches (on three targets) for 31 yards and one carry for nine yards in 16 games.

Analysis: While Olszewski wasn't much of a factor in the team's offense, he once again made his mark by serving as New England's primary kick and punt returner this past season. The 25-year-old is a pending restricted free agent this coming offseason, but Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site suggests that Olszewski is a candidate to be retained via a restricted contract tender.

Jan 25, 2022 10:25 AM EST


Active Monday

Olszewski (ankle) will be available for Monday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: Olszewski was limited at practice all week before drawing a questionable designation. Look for him to take on his usual role providing depth at wide receiver assuming he avoids any setbacks.

Dec 6, 2021 4:02 PM EST


Questionable against Bills

Olszewski (ankle) is questionable for Monday's game against New England, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.

Analysis: Olszewski landed on the injury report to begin the week and has logged three consecutive limited practices. That leaves him questionable for Monday, and his potential absence would leave a key void in both New England's kick and punt return game.

Dec 4, 2021 2:25 PM EST


Picks up ankle issue

Olszewski (ankle) was a limited practice participant Friday.

Analysis: Olszewski began the week on the injury report and has logged two limited practices since. That will give him the opportunity to suit up Monday against the Bills, though there should be more clarity come the team's final practice Saturday.

Dec 3, 2021 5:55 PM EST


Cleared for Thursday

Olszewksi (concussion) was not listed on the Patriots' injury report ahead of Thursday's contest against the Falcons.

Analysis: After not practicing Monday and only being a limited participant Tuesday, Olszewksi was not listed on Wednesday's injury report. The 24-year-old missed Sunday's contest against the Browns with a concussion, but he looks to be back for Thursday night's game. The 2019 undrafted free agent will continue to be utilized more on special teams than in the offensive gameplan.

Nov 17, 2021 6:57 PM EST


Won't play against Browns

Olszewski (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Analysis: With Olszewski sidelined, J.J. Taylor will likely take over as the return man on punts and kickoffs. Taylor could see a more prominent role in the Patriots backfield as well, as starting running back Damien Harris has also been ruled out due to a concussion.

Nov 13, 2021 1:19 PM EST


Listed as questionable

Olszewski (concussion) is considered questionable for Sunday's game versus Cleveland.

Analysis: Olszewski remains in concussion protocol and will need to clear it before kickoff Sunday in order to suit up. If he ends up being unable to play, J.J. Taylor would presumably be next in line to handle return duties for the Pats.

Nov 12, 2021 8:04 PM EST


Diagnosed with concussion

Olszewski has been diagnosed with a concussion, per the Patriots' official site.

Analysis: Olszewski was unable to return to Sunday's game against the Panthers due to a head injury, and he was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday after being diagnosed with a concussion. If he hopes to play Sunday against the Browns, he'll likely need to practice in some capacity Friday.

Nov 11, 2021 12:22 PM EST


Won't return

Olszewski (head) has been ruled out of Sunday's matchup against the Panthers.

Analysis: The exact nature of Olszewski's injury is unclear, though he was ruled out quickly. He has served as both the primary kick and punt returner in New England, so the team will have a significant void to fill on special teams.

Nov 7, 2021 11:22 AM EST


Questionable to return

Olszewski (head) is questionable to return Sunday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Olszewski suffered the injury on a punt return in the first half and will likely get evaluated for a concussion. If he is unable to get back in the game Kyle Dugger will be in like to take over Olszewski's role.

Nov 7, 2021 11:06 AM EST


Will play in preseason finale

Olszewski (undisclosed) will suit up for Sunday's preseason finale against the Giants, Zach Cox of NESN reports.

Analysis: Olszewski was not seen at the Patriots' joint practice with the Giants on Thursday and did not practice Friday either. It is unclear what caused his absence, but it doesn't appear to be too significant as the prolific return man has returned to action for the preseason finale.

Aug 29, 2021 4:50 PM EST


Sits out Thursday's joint practice

Olszewski (undisclosed) was not seen at Thursday's joint practice against the Giants, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

Analysis: It is not clear why Olszewski wasn't at practice. After a prolific season as the Patriots' primary return man, the 24-year-old was selected to the AP 2020 All-Pro First Team as a special teamer. If he is unable to go for the final preseason game on Sunday expect J.J. Taylor and Kyle Dugger share Olszewski's vacant reps.

Aug 27, 2021 12:08 PM EST


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.

Jan 14, 2021 9:22 AM EST


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.

Dec 6, 2020 7:23 PM EST


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.

Nov 10, 2020 11:57 AM EST


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