The Green Bay Packers didn’t focus much on the wide receiver position this offseason to the surprise of many of their fans. However, they did make one move, signing free agent wide receiver Devin Funchess.
While the move may not be receiving a ton of hype, there is no question that it is a move that should improve the Packers’ offense. Funchess isn’t a star, but he is a quality wideout when healthy. He had a very successful stint with the Carolina Panthers before signing with the Indianapolis Colts last offseason.
Unfortunately, Funchess suffered a collarbone injury that forced him to miss the majority of the 2019 season. He ended up playing in just one game and catching three passes for 32 yards. Back in 2018 with the Panthers, however, he racked up 44 receptions for 549 yards and four touchdowns.
Aaron Rodgers took some time to speak out about his new weapon. Others may not be talking about Funchess, but he is excited to work with him. The Packers may have gotten a steal.
“Adding Devin, who is a veteran guy who has made plays in the league for a number of years. And he’s hungry coming in,” Rodgers said. “It’ll be fun to see where he’s at physically. From his football IQ, we’ve had some really good conversations, him and I.”
Standing in at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Funchess is a huge body that can make plays down the field. He doesn’t have elite speed, but he absolutely has enough to be a deep threat for the Packers from time to time.
Funchess joins a Packers’ wide receiver room that includes Davante Adams, Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow, and Equanimeous St. Brown. All of those guys have talent, but Funchess has a good chance to earn a big role in his first season with the Packers.
With all of that being said, it will certainly be interesting to see what kind of year Funchess can put together. He already seems to have a fan in Rodgers, which is a very good starting point.