WR Devin Funchess - Carolina Panthers
|6-4, 232||Born: 5-21-1994||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2015|
News you need to know
General News (Mon Jan 21): likely will not re-sign with the Panthers this offseason because of D.J. Moore's performance during the second half of the season.
Week 21: bye week
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Devin Funchess's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 16 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
The forgotten man of the passing offense, Devin Funchess was not targeted until the second half, with his only catch coming on a deep out pattern to the left sideline. A subsequent target over the middle was too low for him to gather, with pressure affecting Taylor Heinicke's throw.
2018 Week 15 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The entire passing game suffered due to Cam Newton's injury, but no player was affected more than Devin Funchess. His lone target came on a critical play at the end of the first half, an end zone shot with Funchess lined up wide to the right. The defensive back established excellent position on Funchess, walling him off and pushing him towards the sideline, but Cam Newton released the pass anyway. The interception was a fait accompli as the ball appeared to lose velocity in the air.
2018 Week 14 vs CLE (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess endured another ignominious afternoon against the Browns, continuing his run as the odd man out in the Carolina passing attack. His first target didn't come until the second half, and the play illustrated a discord in the relationship between he and Cam Newton. Funchess ran a seam pattern on third down and Newton, expecting his receiver to expect a quick pass against pressure, released the ball quickly. Funchess didn't adjust, however, and never looked back for the ball. A deep target late in the game sailed over Funchess' head, while a final target ñ what proved to be the last pass of the game for Carolina - was intercepted after it appeared he and Newton were on different wavelengths once again.
2018 Week 13 vs TB (3 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Returning from injury, Devin Funchess played fewer than half the snaps and contributed very little. A penalty for offensive holding called back a would-be touchdown for Funchess after he came back to his scrambling quarterback and boxed out a defender nicely in the end zone. Funchess got another opportunity in the second half and cashed in, adjusting nicely for a rocket pass on a slant route in the red zone. A late target on fourth down that could have been crucial to a potential game-tying score soared well over Funchess' head, a poor miss from his quarterback.
2018 Week 11 vs DET (8 / 2 / 39 / 0 rec)
The return to his home state of Michigan couldn't have panned out any worse for Devin Funchess, whose positive moments were overshadowed by a slew of negative ones. Drops were the main issue for the tall receiver, who looked as if he had scored an easy touchdown early on as Cam Newton hit him between the numbers. Instead, the ball fell harmlessly to the turf after coming off Funchess' chest. The problems persisted, a deep target hitting his hands before falling to the floor and another routine catch on a sliding play that should have been completed. The late stages saw the Lions defensive backs smell the figurative blood in the water, and they began to increase their aggressiveness in coverage against a shaken Funchess. To his credit, Funchess came up with a key 16-yard reception on the Panthers' final drive to keep the possession alive, but it was a rare up in a game of downs.
2018 Week 10 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess remained mostly anonymous in the passing game even as the Panthers were forced into comeback mode in the early stages. The soon-to-be free agent helped Christian McCaffrey get open on his first touchdown catch, running a slant route to 'pick' off the defender in coverage as the running back ran a wheel pattern. Funchess was used as an outlet receiver on short routes when Cam Newton was under pressure but offered little downfield threat in a game pockmarked by pressure for the Panthers offense.
2018 Week 9 vs TB (5 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
It proved to be a quiet day for Devin Funchess as the Panthers' passing pie was mostly feasted upon by Christian McCaffrey and Greg Olsen. Funchess came just yards short of a touchdown after a high pass near the goal line on a back-shoulder fade. Later, he showed off his excellent hands and catch radius on a quick slant and a low grab on a deep crossing pattern. Cam Newton missed a wide-open Funchess on a deep dig pattern in the second half after the receiver had gotten wide open.
2018 Week 8 vs BAL (3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
With D.J. Moore grabbing all the headlines and racking up chunk plays, Cam Newton's usual number one target Devin Funchess was kept quiet. Funchess made a nice connection with his quarterback on a deep crossing pattern off play action, and later went low for a pass that he had no business catching. Otherwise, the game script called for less passing in the second half, which robbed Funchess of more opportunities.
2018 Week 7 vs PHI (11 / 6 / 62 / 1 rec)
Devin Funchess had his way with Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby, who was unable to deal with the level of physicality the Carolina receiver brought to the game. Funchess and Cam Newton were unable to connect early, a pass clanging off the receiver's hands, but Funchess quickly got into a rhythm. He continued to work on Darby with inside slants, which Newton was able to find time and again versus an Eagles defense that was playing a lot of single-high coverage. Funchess will have been disappointed with a couple of targets that walloped his hands and fell to the turf, but he made up for those mistakes with a beautiful touchdown catch. Having set up Darby all game with the slant, Funchess ran a perfect slant-and-go, selling it well and hauling in a perfect pass from Newton for the score.
2018 Week 6 vs WAS (8 / 5 / 74 / 1 rec)
Devin Funchess bossed whoever he was up against throughout this game, connecting well with Cam Newton and leaving Washington defensive backs frustrated. Funchess ran some excellent routes, displaying good timing with his quarterback on comebacks and outside-breaking timing patterns. A deep target thrown his way in the first half resulted in an interception, but the blame fell on a careless Newton, who tossed it up for grabs as the pocket was collapsing. Funchess caught his lone touchdown of the game not long after, executing a beautiful slant-and-go move to get position on the cornerback. The ball was floated up high for the taller Funchess to grab, which he did over the cornerback's head despite his facemask being tugged. Funchess showed off his vicegrip-like hands, extending the ball away from his body with one hand to show the referees he had caught it. Funchess was targeted again in the end zone as time was running out, but Newton's pass was well over his head and uncatchable.
2018 Week 5 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 53 / 0 rec)
There was a clear emphasis in this game to feed the football to both the returning Curtis Samuel and rookie D.J. Moore, but Devin Funchess still appears to be the apple of Cam Newton's eye. When Newton needs an outlet, it is Funchess he targets - and so it proved in this game. An early target was broken up by a Giants defensive back, but Funchess quickly got his feet under him with a toe-tapping effort on a comeback route, before a 21-yard hook-up with Newton on a deep dig. Funchess worked hard for his quarterback and bailed him out on a couple of occasions; on one play, Funchess was short of the sticks, but managed to use his big frame to push his way over the line to gain.
2018 Week 3 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 67 / 1 rec)
If the passing attack for Carolina had an engine against the Bengals, it was Devin Funchess, who made the best of some errant Cam Newton passes at times. The very first target of the game from Newton saw Funchess get wide open on a standard dig route, but the pass was too high even for the lanky receiver to haul in. Funchess remained focused and had to slide to save a Newton pass from hitting the ground a few plays after that. Funchess cashed in on his red zone opportunity, a beautiful quick slant off play action that Newton fired between the 1 and the 7 on Funchess' jersey. Funchess showed terrific leaping ability in the final stages, vaulting into the air to catch a high Newton pass on a key third down.
2018 Week 2 vs ATL (9 / 7 / 77 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess continued to make the plays expected of him as he transitions to the de facto number one receiver in this developing passing attack. Funchess bailed out his quarterback on an early third down, staying alive over the middle as Cam Newton scrambled right ñ and threw back left to the big receiver. Funchess was mainly limited to short receptions as the Falcons mixed their coverages well and forced Newton to take quick-hitting underneath throws. Funchess was peppered with targets; however, none could be considered high-impact.
2018 Week 1 vs DAL (5 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess played like the Panthers' 'number one' receiver in the season opener, overcoming what was a forgettable performance from the passing game. Funchess had to bide his time initially. Cam Newton was under near-constant pressure on his dropbacks, exacerbating the usually erratic Newton's accuracy issues. Two early targets - one a deep pass, the other a corner route - were too high for Funchess. It wasn't long before Funchess made another grab for a chunk play, but it was called back by an offensive holding penalty. Funchess came to life in the second half despite some less-than-ideal Newton passes, the ball often arriving off target. Nevertheless, Funchess made the most of the opportunities and kickstarted the passing game with some tremendous catches in heavy traffic.
Latest NewsRavens | Devin Funchess an option for Baltimore? (Thu Feb 7, 10:24 PM) - Carolina Panthers impending free-agent WR Devin Funchess could be an option for the Baltimore Ravens because his size would allow him to be an effective blocker when QB Lamar Jackson scrambles, according to Clifton Brown of BaltimoreRavens.com. Our View: With the Super Bowl over, let the free agency speculation begin! Funchess had a disappointing year with the Panthers in 2018. He only caught 44 passes in 14 games, scored only one touchdown and failed to go over 100 yards receiving in any contest. We'll see if a fresh start helps him play better. If that fresh start is in Baltimore it might mean a lot of blocking and not crushing numbers as a receiver.
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