WR Devin Funchess - Indianapolis Colts
|6-4, 232||Born: 5-21-1994||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 2, pick 41 (2015)|
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.
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 ˝ 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ˝ 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 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 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.
2017 Week 1 vs SF (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
The forgotten man on a day the Panthers passing attack wasn't required to do much, Devin Funchess did his job when called upon. An excellent route to set up the defensive back to open his hips up allowed Funchess to get inside leverage on a skinny post pattern in the second half. Featured often, Funchess simply wasn't targeted as Cam Newton sprayed shorter, higher percentage passes to the likes of Christian McCaffrey and Kelvin Benjamin.
2017 Week 2 vs BUF (7 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)
The Bills' defensive backs struggled mightily with the Panthers' big-bodied duo of receivers, Devin Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin. There was an emphasis early on by Carolina to spread the field with three- and four-wide sets, putting pressure on the defensive backs to cover in space on in-breaking routes. Funchess feasted and made a solid catch in traffic early to get into a rhythm. A target on the very next play nearly resulted in an interception as a Buffalo defensive back sunk underneath the pass and nearly tipped it into his teammate's arms. Funchess was a consistent target of Cam Newton's and the receiver rewarded his trust with a leaping catch on a long yardage situation to give the Panthers a much-needed boost.
2017 Week 3 vs NO (10 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
After Kelvin Benjamin left the game with a knee injury, Devin Funchess assumed the role of Cam Newton's top target. The results, however, left a lot to be desired. It wasn't all Funchess' fault, as the receiver was often thrown passes by his quarterback that gave him no chance to even contemplate attacking the ball. His first target was intercepted; a slant-flat combination on the right side was perfectly read by the Saints defensive back, who jumped in front of Funchess. Newton's read was poor, but Funchess could have done better to box out the defensive back. This error would crop up again later in the game, only this time resulting in an incomplete pass. Funchess managed to gain separation deep down the left sideline, only for Newton to leave the pass too far in front of his receiver. The comfort level nurtured between Newton and Benjamin simply didn't translate to Newton and Funchess in this contest.
2017 Week 4 vs NE (9 / 7 / 70 / 2 rec)
In what many may consider in time as the breakout game of Devin Funchess' young career, the former Michigan standout excelled in all areas to give the Patriots defense fits. It could have been an inauspicious start, however, as Funchess was fortunate not to be flagged on his first catch after a clear push off on the defensive back at the top of his route. The big man showed good strength and run after the catch ability at times, breaking tackles with quick spin moves ˝ including a crucial catch on the Panthers' final drive on third down. His first touchdown reception saw him lined up on the left side trips formation after motioning from right to left. The Patriots defensive backs blew a coverage and allowed Funchess to waltz into the end zone and provide an easy target for Cam Newton. His second touchdown catch was not so straightforward. Funchess' route made the defensive back open his hips to the outside for a split second, allowing the receiver to stab a foot inside and establish position. The pass from Newton was left a little behind Funchess, but he reached back with strong hands, reeled it in and absorbed a hit as he reached the football across the plane of the goal line. Funchess, in truth, could have had a bigger day. A free play after a Patriots offside penalty saw him drop a deep pass from Newton that could hardly have been placed any better. Funchess appeared to hurt himself in the fourth quarter, but returned to the game.
2017 Week 5 vs DET (8 / 7 / 53 / 1 rec)
Michigan native Devin Funchess had a point to prove in front of his home crowd, and he met expectations with another polished display. Turning a defender around on the second play of the game, Funchess nabbed a zipped pass from Cam Newton on a deep out from the far hash, tapping both feet casually in bounds. Funchess made some nice plays on simple, underneath patterns, getting open quickly and absorbing contact to keep the chains moving. One shallow crossing route saw him snag a pass with his vicegrip-like hands despite a defender being draped all over him. Funchess capped his solid day with a beautiful touchdown catch along the back line of the end zone. With Newton buying time after his first couple of reads were covered, Funchess adjusted his route on the fly and called for the ball. Newton was on the same page and zipped a pass Űabove the rim' to the six-four receiver, who seized it with two hands and somehow got both feet down despite instant contact from a defender. After the game, Funchess called it one of the toughest catches of his career.
2017 Week 6 vs PHI (9 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess was unable to build on last week's display of route-running nous and toughness in this matchup. A tough Philadelphia defense made it difficult for the Carolina passing attack to get into a rhythm, with consistent pressure forcing quick releases from Cam Newton. Funchess eventually got into a rhythm and took advantage of the cushion he was being afforded by the cornerback. Funchess demonstrated excellent spatial awareness to tap both feet in bounds on a couple of impressive sideline grabs. He was unfortunate not to get on the end of a Newton bomb down the left sideline in the second half; there was, however, a defensive holding penalty called on the play.
2017 Week 7 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess was a victim of the offensive ineptitude displayed by the Panthers. Poor pass protection forced Cam Newton to release the ball early, with the trickle-down effect being that Funchess couldn't get into longer developing routes. The lanky receiver proved to be a reliable option for his quarterback on quick-hitting passes, but was generally well marshalled by the Bears secondary.
2017 Week 8 vs TB (6 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
With the Panthers firmly in control of the game thanks to their defense, the passing game options like Devin Funchess saw very little action. Even when Carolina was forced to pass, Cam Newton would normally toss a hopeful deep ball skyward, often giving his receivers no chance to haul it in. Funchess had a spectacular play as a stand-in defensive back on a Newton deep target. The cornerback had excellent position and had stacked Funchess on the route. If not for a diving pass breakup by Funchess, it would have been an interception. The shorter hook-ups with Newton worked well, but Funchess was twice more targeted deep - neither gave him a chance to make a play.
2017 Week 9 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 86 / 0 rec)
The de facto number one target in the Panthers offense until Greg Olsen returns, Devin Funchess played like a man with a point to prove. It took time to get into gear for the offense, but Funchess helped to kick start things with a first down grab on a low throw from Cam Newton, contorting his body in almost a seated position. Funchess was directing blockers downfield on a big catch and run after catching the football running a shallow cross. Newton seemed to grow in confidence throwing to his big target, and he fired another inside-breaking ball to Funchess in the second half. The big receiver caught it in stride and showed some nice wheels to break a tackle and turn it up the field. While the passing attack wasn't exactly humming against Atlanta, the signs were good for Funchess' chances of replacing Kelvin Benjamin's production.
2017 Week 10 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 92 / 2 rec)
A two-touchdown performance from Carolina's new full-time split end Devin Funchess will have quieted the lingering doubts about trade of Kelvin Benjamin. Funchess was slow to get into the game initially, but as the Panthers began to establish the run he came to life. Funchess found a soft spot in the zone coverage of Miami to secure a first down catch to kick things off before converting a key third down in the red zone on a slant pattern. Funchess' first touchdown came on a brilliantly executed audible from Cam Newton. Seeing an all-out Miami blitz look, Newton changed the play to a bubble screen. A quick toss out to Funchess - and a pair of great blocks to spring him - left him an easy jaunt to the end zone. The big receiver wasn't done yet and he added his second touchdown on a beautiful back shoulder hook-up with Newton. The pass was perfectly placed, allowing Funchess to pivot and waltz into the end zone.
2017 Week 12 vs NYJ (12 / 7 / 108 / 0 rec)
Devin Funchess was fed early and often by his quarterback and reaffirmed his status as the Panthers' number one target. The passing attack stuttered at times, but when it was hitting on all cylinders Funchess was at the centre of it. A disappointing drop on a deep pass will have disappointed the big receiver, who otherwise hauled in all of his catchable targets. He victimised cornerback Darryl Roberts, who was bamboozled by Funchess' blend of size, speed and quickness. Funchess took advantage on a beautifully executed double move down the left sideline in the second half to give the offense life. Cam Newton looked to Funchess in the red zone on two occasions. The first target saw the pass hang in the air, allowing the defensive back to break it up just as Funchess was trying to snag it. The second came off play action, but Newton's bullet pass was tipped at the line and did not travel along the path he intended.
2017 Week 13 vs NO (7 / 4 / 60 / 1 rec)
Funchess was well on his way to a dud performance without a catch until late in the third quarter. Before getting into the box score, Funchess had a contested deep sideline drop and Cam Newton missed Funchess with a high throw. Funchess came on late in the game, however, including a strong 20-yard in-cut reception, a long defensive pass interference penalty, and a contested high-point play after which Funchess walked into the end zone to keep Carolina's comeback hopes alive. Funchess also dropped a red zone slant amidst his up-and-down performance. Despite the non-existent impact for more than half the game, Funchess led the team in targets and hit 60 or more yards for the fourth straight game.
2017 Week 14 vs MIN (7 / 3 / 59 / 1 rec)
Devin Funchess continues to be the apple of Cam Newton's eye and the de facto number one receiving option in an uninspiring passing attack. The Vikings kept Funchess well marshalled for the majority of the game, although an early back shoulder pass left vaunted cornerback Xavier Rhodes grasping at air. The timing and precision of the pass gave Funchess every chance to make the play, and he did just that. Rhodes battled back and broke up consecutive targets to Funchess in the second quarter. Funchess found some joy in the second half on a dig route out of the slot, showing good technique and strong hands at the catch point. He did an excellent job to adjust on a Newton scramble drill, finding an open space to give his quarterback an easy, if ill-advised, pass for a touchdown. Newton continued firing passes in Funchess' direction, but often they were over his head and simply desperate attempts on third and long.
2017 Week 15 vs GB (4 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)
It was a quiet outing for Devin Funchess, who battled through after not practicing during the week due to an injury. An early target on a post route was too high - one of Cam Newton's rare misfires on this day - but Funchess made a beautiful grab over the middle on the first play of the second half. A subsequent end zone target looked for all the world to be a touchdown, but a vicious hit from a Packers defensive back jarred the ball loose at the last second. Funchess briefly left the game after the hit, favouring his shoulder as he crept towards the bench. By the time he returned, the Panthers were well in control and went into their shells.
2017 Week 16 vs TB (4 / 3 / 11 / 0 rec)
It was another quiet outing for Devin Funchess as the passing game stuttered for the most part. Funchess had trouble separating downfield, and it appeared the Bucs had a well-drilled defensive plan to keep the big receiver in check. Funchess made a nice low grab at the sticks for a first down early, and a subsequent screen pass in the red zone saw him wrapped up quickly. Otherwise, it proved to be a drab game for the Panthers' main option at wide receiver.
2017 Week 17 vs ATL (6 / 2 / 48 / 1 rec)
The Falcons defensive backs did an excellent job blanketing the Panthers receivers, with Devin Funchess garnering special attention from Desmond Trufant. Cam Newton didn't see the field clearly and was often high, wide and not-so-handsome on his throws. Funchess was targeted several times, but the Falcons keyed on inside-breaking routes and make some nice breakups. Funchess got into the end zone on the only Carolina drive of consequence. Set up a few yards short of the Atlanta goal line, Newton faked an inside handoff before the pulling the ball and firing to Funchess on a slant. The receiver did an excellent job to establish inside technique and made a strong catch with his hands despite competition from the defensive back. Funchess would later haul in a beautiful over-the-shoulder teardrop pass from Newton in a rare glimmer of competence from the offense.
2017 Week 18 vs NO (8 / 4 / 79 / 0 rec)
Despite having to fight through injury, Devin Funchess did his utmost to be a factor against vaunted rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The young man struggled to contain Funchess' physical route running at times, and looked visibly frustrated as the rangy Carolina receiver continued to win on in-breaking routes. Funchess and Cam Newton had a decent connection on this patterns, but otherwise were unable to connect on downfield targets. Funchess was the target of two end zone passes late in the game, one of which could have been the game winner. It appeared as though he misjudged the ball's flight, as he seemed to stop when all he needed to do was reach out his hands.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2015 Week 1 vs JAX (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
The big-bodied rookie receiver was rotated in and out of the line-up throughout the contest, but still has a ways to go before he can be trusted as a regular contributor. Having missed a large portion of preseason through injury, the coaching staff seems reluctant to thrust him into the fire just yet. Funchess used his large frame to good effect on his one catch, boxing out the defensive back for a short gain.
2015 Week 2 vs HOU (4 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
The rookie receiver saw plenty of action as the lone backside X receiver as this game wore on, as the Panthers went to more heavy personnel sets to try to kill the clock. Funchess showed excellent hands on a dig route, boxing out the defensive back and attacking the football with his large hands. However, he could have done a better job on a slant route against fellow rookie Kevin Johnson. The cornerback undercut the route cleverly, but Funchess needed to use his body better to get between man and ball. Funchess' uptick in snaps is a good sign that the rookie is slowly adjusting to the pro game after missing valuable reps in preseason.
2015 Week 3 vs NO (4 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Rookie Devin Funchess saw a lot of snaps in the absence of Jerricho Cotchery, but hasn't yet developed the nuances in his game ˝ especially from a route-running perspective ˝ to get more targets from his quarterback. Funchess struggled to get off press coverage at times and lacks the "my ball" mentality at times, as he showed on an end zone target. Instead of turning around to find the football in mid-flight, he continued running towards the back pylon and showed little understanding of where he should be. He did produce one outstanding catch, reeling in a pass despite taking a vicious helmet to helmet hit from fellow rookie Stephone Anthony. Funchess, to his credit, popped right back up and signalled for a first down.
2015 Week 4 vs TB (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The rookie continues to endure a baptism by fire in his maiden NFL voyage. Seeing the field sparingly in a game that was well under control early, Funchess' lone target came on a slant route in the red zone. The cornerback seemed to read the rookie's intentions, as Funchess never threatened an outside break and failed to secure the football when it was tossed his way.
2015 Week 6 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
After a strong two weeks of practice entering this game, the word was the coaching staff wanted to give the rookie more opportunities. The Seahawks provided a stern test for the developing Funchess, who made three poor drops, including one that popped into the air and could easily have been intercepted. Funchess shows decent understanding of leverage and subtly using his body and hands to gain a yard of separation, but has issues at the catch point when it is contested. Funchess sprang into the air for a nice leaping grab on the sideline in the fourth quarter to partially redeem himself, but the drops will be a deterrent for the coaching staff to rely on him if they continue.
2015 Week 7 vs PHI (2 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
The rookie is seeing a steady increase in snap counts, and with it his confidence and skill as a route runner seem to be growing - but there is still a lot to work on. From a consistency standpoint, Funchess isn't there yet; he still lacks the ability to box out defenders with his size. His lone catch of the game showed off his strong hands as he snagged a Cam Newton dart for a 20-yard gain on a comeback route. A target for Funchess led directly to one of Newton's three interceptions. The rookie ran a 10-yard dig route, but Newton's pass was too high and caromed off Funchess' hands into the clutches of an Eagles defender. The rookie couldn't have been blamed for the pick.
2015 Week 8 vs IND (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The rookie continued to see snaps in the Panthers' wide receiver rotation, but was only the target of one pass from his quarterback. He managed to haul it in safely for a gain of eight yards, but in a game that was frequently affected by the adverse weather, it was no surprise to see Funchess see so few looks in the passing attack.
2015 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 3 / 71 / 1 rec)
Steady does it for the rookie, who notched his first career touchdown as a Carolina Panther against a sieve-like Green Bay defense. Rotated in and out of the line-up as usual, Funchess seemed to take his positive progress from practice into the game, showing good determination at the catch point and using his frame to his advantage. On no play was this more obvious than his 54-yard catch on a skinny post. Cam Newton came to him late, but gave the football sufficient air to allow a streaking Funchess to run under it and time his catch perfectly ˝ despite the defensive back being draped all over him. He gained separation at the top of his stem with a subtle push-off with his elbow, but it wasn't enough for the referees to call. Funchess' touchdown came on a quick slant in the red zone. Releasing off the line quickly, he stabbed a foot outside before darting back underneath and presenting a big target for his quarterback. Newton obliged, but Funchess showed excellent strength and determination to drag the tackler into the end zone with him. A subsequent target was broken up, but it was clear that Funchess was interfered with on the play.
2015 Week 10 vs TEN (2 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Looking more polished every week as part of the Panthers' rotation of wideouts, Devin Funchess made two nice catches against the Titans. The first was a natural hands catch on a quick slant, as Newton fired it between his numbers and he obliged with a great snag. The second also came on an inside-breaking route - a fixture of the Panthers offense off the play action game - that Funchess caught, quickly diving to the ground to protect himself from the impending hit of the free safety.
2015 Week 11 vs WAS (8 / 4 / 64 / 1 rec)
In what may have been the most complete game of the rookie's career to date, Devin Funchess continued to use his physical tools to win all over the field. His quarterback peppered him with a pair of targets early in an ill-fated drive, both of which were too high, but that didn't stop Cam Newton looking his way again. On the very next possession, Funchess posted up a defender on a dig route, adjusting well to a wild Newton pass. The two displayed excellent timing ˝ and Funchess showed good sideline awareness ˝ on a zipped comeback pass. The rookie showed his "my ball mentality" on a leaping catch down the left sideline. Newton heaved the ball up after Funchess had outrun his defender and the rookie adjusted perfectly to the pass, attacking it at its highest point and giving the defensive back no chance to break it up. Funchess capped his impressive performance with a touchdown catch in the red zone. Lined up as the split end at the numbers on the left side of the formation, Funchess ran a quick out pattern, boxing out the defender. Newton intentionally fired the pass high to an area only Funchess could reach, and the rookie didn't disappoint, spinning and securing the pass simultaneously.
2015 Week 12 vs DAL (4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Without producing any spectacular plays, Devin Funchess quietly went about his business and put in a decent performance. A well-run comeback pattern saw him get good separation and haul in a Cam Newton pass, but he will have been disappointed with his effort on a back shoulder pass at the goal line. Instead of using his bigger frame to box out the defensive back, Funchess let the ball come to him and never quite established a position to attack the ball. The defensive back has to be given credit for making a play to break the pass up, but it is a play a player of Funchess' size should make. A subsequent downfield target was a hair too far in front of Funchess for him to make a play on it.
2015 Week 13 vs NO (3 / 1 / 13 / 1 rec)
The rookie had little impact overall on the game as the passing attack was generally focused elsewhere against a porous Saints defense. As has become his custom, Devin Funchess dropped a simple pass after running a hitch route, the ball caroming off his breastplate. Funchess redeemed himself with a terrific seal block on a toss, wiping out a defender. Later, he and Cam Newton connected on a beautiful touchdown pass, ripped into a tiny window in the red zone on a quick slant. Funchess' excellent release set up the bullet throw as he bamboozled Saints cornerback Brandon Browner.
2015 Week 14 vs ATL (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Playing a rotational role in the passing attack as he has most of the season, Devin Funchess made a rookie mistake on a bubble screen. Cam Newton threw the ball Funchess' way, when it seemed he was not running the correct route and was instead blocking downfield on a screen. The rookie was fortunate that the Falcons cornerback could not haul in the pass. Funchess made up for the error by hauling in a quick slant against tight coverage near the goal line, beating his man off the line with a nice stab step before boxing him out with his frame. Defensive pass interference was called on the play, but Funchess still made a strong catch with his hands.
2015 Week 15 vs NYG (7 / 2 / 30 / 1 rec)
Although the rookie still exhibits several flaws in his game, his overall progress continues to be encouraging and he made another nice touchdown catch to salvage what otherwise would have been a mediocre performance. Funchess was the target of a Cam Newton pass on a deep post pattern early, but he was well covered downfield by both cornerback and safety. A fastball to the sidelines intended for the rookie fell incomplete after he failed to attack it with his hands. However, he made up for it by hauling in a zipped pass from his quarterback for his touchdown. Set up in the red zone against an off-man coverage cornerback, Funchess attacked the space between them and darted inside; the ball did not take long to get there, finding him in stride.
2015 Week 16 vs ATL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In a game with limited opportunities for the stagnant Carolina offense, Devin Funchess did not register a catch. His sole target came on a well covered quick slant that was too far in front of him to make a play on. Funchess fell victim to the offense's general lack of cohesion.
2015 Week 17 vs TB (8 / 7 / 120 / 1 rec)
While still not the finished article, this performance by Devin Funchess showed why many in Carolina are high on his potential. Funchess showed good speed to beat a defender to the corner on an 18-yard shallow crossing pattern, making himself available to receive the pass after the Buccaneers sent a blitz. Funchess' next catch saw him fumble the ball after it was punched out by a Tampa Bay defender. However, the rookie rebounded nicely, catching everything thrown his way with incisive route-running and smooth hands. His most bizarre play came on a 41-yard catch and run; Newton somehow escaped a sack in the backfield and rolled right, finding Funchess down the right-hand side of the field after the pass was initially tipped by an underneath Tampa Bay defender. Funchess excelled on inside-breaking routes all game and cashed in with a late touchdown to put the game to bed. Afforded space to burst off the line of scrimmage, he quickly broke inside and Newton did not delay in getting the ball between his numbers. Funchess did the rest, shaking off a tackler and diving for the goal line.