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Gunner Olszewski

New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #72
New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #72

Gunner Olszewski News

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 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

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.

Nov 2, 2020 11:28 AM EST

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.

Oct 5, 2020 2:00 PM EST

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.

Sep 30, 2020 10:39 AM EST

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.

Sep 12, 2020 2:11 PM EST

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.

Sep 11, 2020 1:25 PM EST

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.

Sep 9, 2020 4:03 PM EST

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.

Sep 7, 2020 10:19 AM EST

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.

Sep 7, 2020 9:49 AM EST

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.

Aug 24, 2020 12:17 PM EST

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.

Jun 23, 2020 3:17 PM EST

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.

Nov 19, 2019 1:51 PM EST

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.

Nov 17, 2019 12:11 PM EST

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.

Nov 15, 2019 1:46 PM EST

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.

Nov 13, 2019 3:00 PM EST

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.

Oct 11, 2019 9:49 AM EST

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