Is Devin Funchess Finally The Colts Answer At No. 2 Wide Receiver?

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Is Devin Funchess Finally The Colts Answer At No. 2 Wide Receiver?

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Is Devin Funchess Finally The Colts Answer At No. 2 Wide Receiver?

In Devin Funchess, the Colts have a new receiver they hope can complement T.Y. Hilton. Will Funchess be able to end the recent trend of wideouts flaming out in Indy?

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INDIANAPOLISIt’s been a black hole for free agent wideouts.

 

Despite the presence of Andrew Luck and T.Y. Hilton, joining the Indianapolis Colts has not led to much success for spring free agent wide receivers.

 

Devin Funchess is hoping to change that narrative.

 

The list of Colts’ free agent wideout additions having success in Indy isn’t long at all.

 

Here’s a look at the wideouts inked by the Colts in the spring of free agency since Luck and Hilton entered the NFL in 2012:

 

2012-Donnie Avery: 60 receptions, 781 yards, 3 TDs

2013-Darrius Heyward-Bey: 29 receptions, 309 yards, 1 TD

2014-Hakeem Nicks: 38 receptions, 405 yards, 4 TDs

2015-Andre Johnson: 41 receptions, 503 yards, 4 TDs

2017-Kamar Aiken: 15 receptions, 133 yards, 0 TDs

2018-Ryan Grant: 35 receptions, 334 yards, 1 TD

 

None of those guys lasted in Indy for more than 1 season.

 

For Funchess to change that, he’s going to have to do it on a new contract.

 

It’s a prove-it one-year deal for the 24-year-old Funchess as the Colts feel like they have the stability around the young wideout for his potential to be reached.

 

Funchess comes to Indy having averaged 40 receptions, 549 yards and 5 TDs over his four NFL seasons. Those numbers are better than what the previous free agent additions listed above have averaged with the Colts: 36 catches, 410 yards, 2 TDs.

 

When looking at the youth, skillset and what’s already in place with the Colts, Funchess should have the best chance at long-term success in Indy.

 

At 24 years old, Funchess is extremely young to be entering his second NFL contract. Like Eric Ebron last year, Funchess is still young enough in his NFL career to see some real growth.

 

At 6-4 and 225 pounds, Funchess diversifies the Indy receiving group with a bigger frame to complement Hilton and something that should excite Reich as a play caller.

 

Lastly, the passing game resources the Colts have around Funchess (an accurate Luck, a great offensive mind in Reich and attention more focused on the likes of Hilton and Ebron) are vastly better than what Carolina had in place.

 

Getting Funchess to become a more consistent receiver, and catcher of the football, has to be top priority for the Colts in furthering his progress 2019.

 

Chris Ballard is banking on his coaching staff developing Funchess and that the culture in place with the Colts can lead to more success than the 2015 second-round pick received with the Panthers.

 

If that happens, this deal could turn into the Colts finally finding a longer-term answer in free agency at wide receiver.

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