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Packers Breakout Player: Devin Funchess

There have been many comments about the Packers not giving Aaron Rodgers enough help on the offensive side of the ball. However, the Packers already have a top 3 WR and a top 10 RB. A solid WR2 could make this offense one of the best the league has ever seen. MVS has a lot of potential as a deep threat, but the Packers have lacked that true WR2 for the last few years. In comes Devin Funchess.

Funchess missed the 2019-2020 season with the Colts because of a collarbone injury in game 1. He missed the full season. He then opted out in the 2020-2021 season. This upcoming season will be the first football he’s played in nearly two years. Despite all that, he comes with a lot of upside. Here are the reasons to be excited for Devin Funchess!

He’s In The Prime Of His Career

Devin Funchess at practice
image by Packers Wire

Funchess is only 27-years old and has stayed in great shape. If you follow him on Instagram, he constantly posts videos and images of himself working out and practicing his routes. He looks very healthy and NFL-ready. He’s been in contact with Davante Adams a few times since joining the team, and Adams has given him nothing but praise.

He’s Used To QB Controversy

Devin Funchess on the Colts
image by Bleacher Report

Now it’s not necessarily a controversy as to if Rodgers comes back. When or if he does, he will be QB1, no questions asked. That being said, when Funchess joined the Colts, he was under the impression he would play with Andrew Luck. But as we all know, Luck retired that season, and Funchess had to play and practice with Jacoby Brissett. Brissett isn’t a bad QB, but he’s not on the Hall of Fame path that Andrew Luck was on.

Funchess signed with the Packers thinking he would get to play with Aaron Rodgers. However, Rodgers has been holding out the past few weeks, and Funchess has been practicing with Jordan Love instead of the Packers’ future Hall of Famer.

Funchess Can Play With Anyone

Devin Funchess shines on the Panthers
image by Panthers Wire

Funchess has never played with a great passing QB. He was drafted the year that Cam Newton won MVP, but Newton was known more for his running and athleticism than his passing skills. During Funchess’ tenure with the Panthers, Newton averaged under 60% completion. Not what you want to see as a receiver. After Newton’s MVP season, his passing TDs took a massive hit, making it harder for Funchess to produce.

Funchess’ best season was in 2017 where he had 63 receptions, 840 yards, and 8 TDs. That same year, Newton only threw for 3302 yards and 22 TDs on 59.1% completion. So that’s a very solid season for that QB play.

Prediction For The 2021-2022 season

Devin Funchess and MVS will most likely split time at the WR2 position. MVS is an elite deep threat and should improve after a career year in 2020-2021. Funchess has all the intangibles to be a solid WR2, but I don’t believe one is better than the other (based on Funchess’ potential). Splitting time at WR2 will inhibit his stats, but Funchess is a perfect red-zone threat for the Packers at 6’4”.

With Aaron Rodgers: 40 Rec, 640 yards, 7 TDs

With Jordan Love: 30 Rec, 480 yards, 5 TDs

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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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