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Olsen focused on making plays

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Greg Olsen admits he worried about his role when Mike Martz was hired. After catching 10 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns in the first three games, he's not worried anymore.

"There really wasn't much history really to rely on," Olsen said. "But I was confident that if I just continued to do what I do, that there would be a place for me and there has been a role and a pretty prominent one.

"Coach Martz has said all along that the guys who make plays and do what they're asked to do are going to play and that's the mentality, the approach we've all taken."

With the exception of the 9-yard touchdown pass he caught from Jay Cutler just before halftime, the biggest play Olsen made made against the Packers on Monday night came on the final drive when he made a leaping, twisting catch over safety Morgan Burnett for a 21-yard gain that help set up on the game-winning field goal.

"Everyone has that mentality, I know I do, that when the game's on the line, you want to say, 'I'm that guy you can lean on.' The past few games we've had some big plays in key positions that have worked out, but there's a lot that goes into that, from the calls to the protection to the looks that we get."

The Bears will play in their second new stadium this season when they visit the Giants in New Meadowlands Stadium on Sunday. Olsen, who grew up in New Jersey, will have lots of friends and family on hand.

"They're a better team than people want to give them credit for and than their record indicates," he said of the Giants. "They have lot of good players, especially on defense. They have guys who can get after the quarterback and two good safeties in back. This is going to be a great challenge for us, very similar to what we've faced these first couple weeks with how good they are up front."

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