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Panthers' Olsen to test broadcasting skills for Fox

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is getting another jump on his broadcasting career this week with his team on a bye.

This marks the third time an active National Football League player has called a game during the season, following Matt Hasselbeck in 2014 and Marcus Allen in 1994. It seems to have worked out pretty well for Hasselbeck, a regular in ESPN's studio. For this gig, Olsen will be in a three-man booth alongside play-by-play man Kevin Burkhardt and analyst Charles Davis.

The Panthers are on a bye next week, so Olsen should have plenty of time to prepare for what should be an extremely interesting game.

"Those guys are professionals", Olsen said.

"You don't know what the future holds". However, he certainly hopes to delay that career path for as long as possible.

"Retirement's not something that's really on my mind at this point at all", the 32-year old assured. McVay's work with second-year quarterback Jared Goff should probably earn him coach of the year and Goff most improved player if the offense continues on its current pace for the rest of the season. I don't think that's going to alter very much.

"My foot feels great". I'm doing really well.

The assignment comes three weeks before the Panthers host the Vikings, so Olsen isn't expecting to sit in on the pre-game production meeting with Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer. "You start playing some big opponents in games that at the end of the year are going to come into play, with tiebreakers and seedings and all those things", Olsen said. "I don't know. We'll find out here in a couple weeks". "He's just got to remember that he can't be writing any checks that we all have to cash", Rivera said.



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