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Author: Jon Kuzma
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After lighting it up for a couple seasons at the University of Michigan the Panthers drafted Devin Funchess in the second round of the 2015 draft. Funchess has taken a little bit of time transitioning from a college tight end to an NFL wide receiver but at this point Carolina has to be happy with Funchess’ progression. Last year Devin Funchess recorded 840 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. This guy has always been a good red zone target but now he’s solidifying himself as a player who can contribute on every single down. Obviously the concern is the fact that Funchess has never recorded a 1,000 yard season but he’s trending in the right direction and it’s only a matter of time. It’s very possible this is the year and that’s going to be huge for Cam Newton. We know Carolina’s running game will be in good shape with C.J Anderson and Christian McCaffrey in the offensive backfield. The real weak point has been the receivers and too much was asked of Funchess after Kelvin Benjamin was traded. Well now the Panthers have Torrey Smith and D.J Moore to play a secondary role to Funchess. However Devin Funchess still has to be the alpha of that bunch and live up to the responsibilities that comes with being a number one receiver. If Funchess can do that then there’s a great chance Carolina can end up being a Super Bowl contender. If not then this team will likely underachieve. It’s also a big year for Funchess’ personal legacy because he is at a crossroads in his career. He has to show that he is capable of being an elite player in this league because those are the receivers who last in the NFL. The weak get weeded out so quickly and Devin Funchess has to prove he is cut from a different cloth.
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Devin Funchess is due for a breakout season and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.