Devin Funchess Signs With Indianapolis Colts

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CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 23: Devin Funchess (17) wide receiver of Carolina is tackled by Robert Alford (23) of Atlanta during an NFL football game between the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons on December 23, 2018 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by John Byrum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Wide receiver Devin Funchess has agreed to sign a one year, $13 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.  Funchess spent the first four years of his career with the Carolina Panthers 

Devin Funchess Agrees to Sign With Indianapolis Colts

Funchess blossomed in his previous two seasons, becoming one of Cam Newton‘s favorite targets. His first two years with the Carolina Panthers were nothing special, as he totaled just 31 receptions and 23 receptions respectively. He failed to reach 500 yards in both seasons as well but managed to find the end zone nine times in his first two years.

Funchess’s breakout year came in his third season with the Panthers. He finished with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. He had finally looked like the number one option that Carolina was desperately missing since they had Steve Smith. Many were looking at this year as the year for Funchess to take that next big leap.

Unfortunately for Funchess and the Panthers, that didn’t happen this year. He battled nagging injuries the entire year and was unable to replicate his 2017 season. Cam Newton’s injured shoulder also played a part in it, as he struggled to throw the ball during the second half of the season. Funchess finished the season with 44 catches for 549 yards and four touchdowns.

He will look to bounce back after a rough 2018, but he should be able to with ease. Funchess doesn’t have the speed some of the top receivers do, but he’s still a very capable wide receiver. He has good size and strength for the position, which makes him a very capable red zone threat.

Funchess went to Harrison High School in Farmington, Michigan, where he excelled at football and track and field. Funchess was rated as a four-star recruit by most websites. He committed to his hometown Michigan Wolverines in 2011. Funchess was drafted 41st overall by the Carolina Panthers. He played tight end in high school and college but converted to wide receiver once he got in the league.

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