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WR Devin Funchess - Carolina Panthers

6-4, 232Born: 5-21-1994College: MichiganDrafted: Round 2

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2016 Week 16 vs ATL (5 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Devin Funchess had a forgettable game as the offense seemed to trip over itself constantly in a listless effort. An early target off play action on a slant route wasn't exactly where it needed to be for Funchess to secure the catch. A similar pass pattern in the red zone was broken up by the Falcons DB; Funchess almost managed to tip toe the back line of the end zone and secure the football, but he ran out of room. He was forced to leave the game in the second half with an injury and did not return.

2016 Week 15 vs WAS (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Devin Funchess was unable to get on the end of many Cam Newton passes despite a solid day for the offense overall. The lanky receiver had an early red zone target but was beaten at the catch point by good coverage. Later, a high Newton pass was just too tall for even the six-five Funchess to haul in.

2016 Week 14 vs SD (5 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)

After absorbing a crunching hit on a target over the middle to start the game, Devin Funchess shook off the cobwebs and rebounded strongly. With Kelvin Benjamin struggling with consistency, Funchess became Cam Newton's favourite target. On a two-man route combination in the red zone, a target to Funchess was nearly picked off after Newton fired in a questionable pass. Funchess would capitalise on his next red zone opportunity with a beautiful grab on a skinny post route. He established inside leverage on the defensive back almost instantly off the snap, giving Newton a perfect window to throw the ball into before the safety could converge. Funchess delivered with a solid catch. Newton went back to Funchess on a red zone target later in the game - this time on a nine route - but the receiver was well covered.

2016 Week 13 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)

Kept quiet and often rotated out of the line-up early in the game, Devin Funchess gave the offense a spark in the second half. He made a wonderful hands catch on a zipped Cam Newton pass over the middle, hanging on and delivering a blow to a defender to finish the play. A few plays later Funchess made a spectacular grab, having to juggle a pass that was almost intercepted. Undeterred by its unusual flight, Funchess kept his concentration.

2016 Week 12 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)

Devin Funchess did his job well when called upon, but added little as the offense was in a funk in the first half. A red zone target resulted in defensive pass interference after Funchess juked a defensive back out of his shoes at the line of scrimmage. He hauled in a low, inaccurate pass from Cam Newton on the sideline as the Panthers were in comeback mode. Overall he was kept on the fringes as the offense only came alive in the second half.

2016 Week 11 vs NO (7 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

Devin Funchess endured an up-and-down affair as he mixed impressive catches with inconsistency. An early target to the sideline flew out of bounds as Cam Newton was under pressure at the release of the ball. Funchess hauled in back to back beautiful catches, looking the ball into his hands on a hook route and then snagging a high pass from Newton over the middle. A goal line target was undercut by the defensive back in coverage on Funchess, but the pass was far enough outside that it could not have been intercepted. Funchess saw more snaps when Kelvin Benjamin left the field to have his injury assessed, but made little impact in this situation.

2016 Week 10 vs KC (4 / 3 / 56 / 1 rec)

Perhaps taking to heart some of the criticism about the Panthers passing attack's woes, Devin Funchess put his hand up against the Chiefs. Haring down the field, he got on the end of a beautifully lofted Cam Newton pass, leaping above the defensive back to attack the ball in flight. He landed gratefully in the end zone after the acrobatic grab that put Carolina up 17-0. The play saw Funchess run a deep post pattern out of a stacked alignment, but the defensive backs appeared to be confused and it made his job easier. Later, he did an excellent job of boxing out his defensive back on third down, backing in to him to ensure he got the first down on the play.

2016 Week 9 vs LA (5 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec)

Devin Funchess did a lot of good work in this game to get open - but errant passes and a defensive pass interference call nullified it. Cam Newton's scattershot accuracy hurt Funchess on his first target, with the football landing behind him. Newton was pressured on a subsequent end zone target for Funchess, forcing a quick release and an inaccurate pass. Funchess drew a 29-yard pass interference penalty on a deep route, with the defensive back draped all over him. Funchess showed savvy route-running when he adjusted his pattern against the blitz; Newton spotted it and found his receiver quickly. A deep target down the left sideline was thrown too far in front of Funchess, but it should have been a touchdown. It was a game of 'almost' for the second year receiver.

2016 Week 8 vs ARI (4 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Devin Funchess, without doing anything special, played his role in the passing game as the Panthers nursed a lead for the entire game. The tall receiver presented a big target for his quarterback on a quick pass off play action, finding a soft spot in the Arizona zone defense and diving for a first down after the catch. On the next play, Cam Newton went right back to Funchess on the sideline. Funchess snagged a quick-hitting sideline pass, showing excellent strength at the catch point. The defender took a bad angle, and Funchess scooted upfield for a 10-yard gain. Later he made a sprawling catch on a low pass to keep a drive alive, but dropped a subsequent low pass from Newton.

2016 Week 6 vs NO (6 / 2 / 28 / 1 rec)

Devin Funchess will have drawn the ire of his quarterback on an end zone target that on most occasions would have been a touchdown. The big receiver failed to get good position on a fade route, allowing the defensive back to stack on top of him and shield his route. The defensive back made an acrobatic interception, but Funchess' lack of effort in trying to break up - or even compete for - the pass led to the turnover. Funchess struggled to gain separation for most of the game. When Cam Newton fired the ball to him on a crossing pattern, it was quickly broken up. Funchess managed to get into the end zone later in the game on a straightforward skinny post route, splitting the cornerback and safety, who clearly had communication issues judging on their post-play bickering. Funchess had a clear path to the end zone and he hauled in the zipped pass. Seeming to grow into the game, Funchess drew a pass interference penalty in the second half to set the Panthers up at the Saints 1-yard line, and converted the key two-point play with a terrific toe-tapping catch in the front corner of the end zone.

2016 Week 5 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Devin Funchess came into this divisional game nursing a foot injury, but he did not seem to be hobbled too much after full practices on consecutive days. Funchess failed to register a catch, and he rarely featured in two-wide receiver sets. Ted Ginn stepped into that role. Even when Funchess was on the field, he showed a lack of suddenness in getting open - and Derek Anderson's preference was clearly to throw to Kelvin Benjamin and the ever-open Greg Olsen. Circumstances conspired against Funchess getting involved, but his performance did not lend itself to taking a bigger piece of the Panthers' passing game pie.

2016 Week 4 vs ATL (3 / 2 / 56 / 0 rec)

The entire offense struggled to gain traction against a surprisingly feisty Atlanta defense that continued to stifle Carolina. Devin Funchess was a victim of those struggles as Cam Newton dealt with inaccuracy issues. Funchess was targeted on a streak pattern down the right sideline in the first half and looked to have drawn a flag for pass interference, only to have an illegal shift penalty nullify it. That summed up the day for Funchess, who didn't get going until Derek Anderson came in at quarterback. On back to back plays the tall receiver showed what he is capable of, catching a skinny post pass for a big gain escaping the tackle attempts of two defenders in the process and drawing a pass interference penalty. The penalty set the offense up at the 1-yard line, and Funchess was unfortunate to cash in with a touchdown.

2016 Week 3 vs MIN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

In one of the quieter games of Devin Funchess' career, the lack of any rhythm or flare in the Carolina offense seemed to stifle him. Funchess was moved in and out of the line-up, but Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said after the game that they were not that concerned with him. A performance like this, featuring a pair of dropped passes in crucial situations, lends credence to Munnerlyn's assertion. Funchess was targeted on a deep route early on, but Cam Newton's pass was too far ahead of the receiver to haul in. Funchess let a third down target hit his chest, killing a drive just when Carolina needed one. The ball was low and it would have been a difficult grab, but Funchess fluffed it. A late target on a deep route down the left sideline looked as if it would land in Funchess' hands, but the pass hit off his outstretched arm and fell incomplete.

2016 Week 2 vs SF (4 / 2 / 19 / 1 rec)

Funchess continues to be eschewed in the Panthers' passing attack pecking order, with Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen the firm favorites for Cam Newton. Funchess did not have to deal with much press coverage against a 49ers defense that tended to back off and give up the short completions. A timing route early was ruled incomplete as Funchess failed to get both feet in bounds. His touchdown catch showed the type of talent he has, however. Running a fade route after being set up in the red zone, Funchess ate up the defensive back's cushion and turned at the right moment to attack the intentionally underthrown pass. He snagged it above the defender's head and tapped both feet in for the score, an impressive display of coordination of hands and feet.

2016 Week 1 vs DEN (4 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

After an offseason of buzz that featured glowing reports of how far he has come, Devin Funchess failed to put his stamp on this game. The Broncos secondary made it difficult for the Panthers receivers to flourish, so Funchess was often overlooked in Cam Newton's progression with a quick release paramount against such a salty pass rush. Funchess missed two assignments as a run blocker when he was lined up as the X receiver in short yardage situations, failing to secure the edge. It was a tough block for a receiver to make, but the second such incident proved costly as it resulted in a Panthers punt and provided Denver with a glimmer of hope. Funchess was lined up in the slot for the Kelvin Benjamin touchdown, running a similar route to Benjamin. In fact, Funchess' route attracted the single-high safety's attention and made the task easier for Benjamin. Funchess showed excellent awareness on a sideline grab, tapping both feet in bounds as he backpedalled. Like the rest of the Carolina passing offense, Funchess found little joy in the second half. He was targeted on two occasions, but in both cases the coverage was good - and the pressure tremendous thus forcing incomplete passes.


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