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Breaking: Packers place Devin Funchess on IR

The Green Bay Packers have placed WR Devin Funchess on IR, effectively ending his season.

There has been a lot of competition in the Packers’ WR room this offseason. Devin Funchess seemed to have been one of those competitors slated to make the final cut. What does this mean for the rest of the Packers’ WR core?

Injury Concern

Devin Funchess has not played a down of regular season football since September 8th, 2019. He missed the entire 2019 season (sans half of week 1) and then opted out in 2020. There was always concern with how his play would appear on the field after two years away from the game. Chances were high for Funchess to make the team and be an actual contributor to the team.

Funchess missed week 2 of the preseason with a hamstring injury after having a great week 1, where he led all receivers in the game with 6 catches for 70 yards. Funchess was also previously slowed down early in camp with an ankle injury.

What this means for the WR core

The top five Packers’ WR spots are, for the most part, locked in. We all know Davante, MVS, Lazard, Amari Rodgers, and Randall Cobb are all making the team. With the injury of Devin Funchess, that opens one or two more spots for the remaining six WRs still on the roster. Last year the Packers only kept six WRs on the roster. With the abundance of talent at the WR spot, could the Packers take more?

What player(s) take the final spot(s). Eqanimeous St. Brown’s job is most likely safe, but Malik Taylor and Juwann Winfree have both been having a great offseason. The final one or two spots will likely be fought over between these three players. EQ and Taylor both already have a repertoire with the Packers and have in-game experience.

Prediction:

The Packers will roster seven WRs this season. Equanimeous St. Brown and Malik Taylor will make the roster, and Juwann Winfree will be placed on the practice squad. With the likelihood of EQ being injured for a few games this season, Winfree will have a shot in the regular season to make a name for himself and possibly steal a roster spot from EQ.

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Louis Napolitano

Louis Napolitano graduated from Quinnipiac University with a BA in Film, Television, and Media Arts. He is currently in the process of receiving a BA in Elementary Education, as well as an Masters in Special Education at Ramapo College. He was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin before moving to New Jersey. He’s a die hard Packers and Bucks fan.

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