Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Lions sign Devin Funchess, move former Panthers wide receiver to tight end


On Tuesday, the Detroit Lions announced they had signed free agent wide receiver Devin Funchess. However, Dan Campbell and Co. will not be using the 28-year-old in his old position, as Detroit is going to give him a shot at tight end.

Funchess last took an NFL regular-season snap in Week 1 of the 2019 season as a member of the Indianapolis Colts. After catching three passes for 32 yards in the season opener, he broke his collarbone and did not play again that year. Funchess then got a chance with the Green Bay Packers, but opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and another injury resulted in his release shortly before the start of the 2021 season.

The University of Michigan product was originally a second-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2015, and was a part of their special Super Bowl run. Funchess put together some nice performances during his four years with the Panthers, including a seven-catch, 120-yard, one-touchdown outing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2016. His best campaign came in 2017, when he caught 63 passes for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.

Funchess joins a tight end room led by T.J. Hockenson. Detroit also has Brock Wright, and drafted former Virginia Tech tight end James Mitchell in the fifth round of the 2022 NFL Draft

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