Devin Funchess Gives Packers The Receiver Depth They Need
Many Green Bay Packers fans wondered when their team would pull the trigger and sign a wide receiver. Green Bay ran into a problem that has plagued them in the past where they had a receiver room that was far too young. Head coach Matt LaFleur mentioned that they needed more veterans. Packers’ general manager echoed those thoughts. Green Bay added a depth piece to their roster by signing Devin Funchess. The contract is unknown at this time, but the assumption is Funchess received a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. The former Panther and Colt will not blow the world away, but he gives the Packers another option.
The #Packers are expected to sign WR Devin Funchess, per sources. A big body on the perimeter for Aaron Rodgers.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 24, 2020
The signing did not go over well with Packers fans. In a way, I understand why. On paper, Funchess does not seem like a type of player that is worth any kind of money. He missed all of last season. There are issues with separations and drops. Any time you’re signing a receiver to minimum money, they’re going to have some issues. If they were better, the contract would be much higher. From what I gather, Funchess can be a solid option for Rodgers and company. There is more to like than you think.
If you look at some of his more successful games and years, you see a player that uses his body to his advantage. Funchess is 6’4, 225. He can use that size to find a way to catch balls that no one has any business catching. Even though his catch rate is poor, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton seemed to throw it up to Funchess more and often than not. Newton hoped the former Michigan receiver would come down with it. While Packers are beefed up from a size perspective, Rodgers will still love to have another option that has more experience than most of the guys last season.
Is Funchess your number two starter? I don’t think so, but who knows. He will compete with Allen Lazard for that role. I still think you can play those two at the same time even if the body type is similar by pushing Adams into the slot. Green Bay is not done with its receiver talent.