GREEN BAY – The Packers have added size, versatility and five NFL seasons of experience to their receiving corps with the signing of Devin Funchess on Thursday.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound receiver caught 163 passes for 2,233 yards and 21 touchdowns during his first four NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers. Funchess signed with Indianapolis last offseason before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in the Colts' opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Here are five things to know about the Packers' new receiver:
1. Funchess is a big target who's made his share of big plays.
Funchess averaged 15.6 yards per catch during his first two seasons before graduating to the Panthers' starting lineup on a permanent basis in 2017. He enjoyed his best season that year, starting all 17 games (including playoffs) and catching a career-high 63 passes for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. Funchess led the Panthers with four catches for 79 yards in their NFC Wild Card game against the New Orleans Saints.
2. He's been historically durable…and is only 25 years old.
Funchess was just 20 when the Panthers drafted him in the second round (41st overall) in 2015, allowing the former University of Michigan standout to now hit free agency for the third time before his 26th birthday in May of 2021. He'd also missed only three games in his NFL career prior to the collarbone injury that landed him on injured reserve with the Colts.
3. Funchess played everywhere for Michigan.
Funchess made All-Big Ten teams as both a tight end (2013) and receiver (2014) during his three years in Ann Arbor. He broke a school record for most receiving yards in a season by a tight end (748) in 2013. Funchess later was honored as Big Ten tight end of the year. He made the switch to receiver as a junior, catching a team-high 62 passes for 733 yards and four touchdowns. No other Wolverine had more than 36 catches, 473 yards or two touchdowns.
4. Scouts loved his hybrid attributes in the pre-draft process.
Leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, scouts loved Funchess' size and versatility. Many top scouting agencies saw him as a matchup nightmare who could line up as a traditional receiver or move tight end. Funchess clocked a 4.70-second time in the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine but rebounded with a 4.47 at his Michigan pro day. He finished in the top 10 among his receiving peers with a 38½-inch vertical and 17 bench reps of 225 pounds in Indianapolis.
Snapshots of Green Bay Packers WR Devin Funchess.
5. Football drives Funchess.
Funchess uses his humble upbringing in Farmington Hills, Mich., as personal motivation to succeed in football. Due to his family's tight financial situation, Funchess made it his goal in high school to earn a college scholarship. He did so following a standout career at Harrison (Mich.) High School. Funchess caught 55 passes for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns during his final two seasons at Harrison, while the school captured Michigan's Division II state title during Funchess' junior year.