Frank Reich “very encouraged” by Devin Funchess

AP

Plenty of eyebrows were raised when the Colts signed wide receiver Devin Funchess to a one-year, $10 million contract this offseason. But Colts coach Frank Reich sees no reason to believe his team overpaid.

Reich said that from Day One of the offseason program, Funchess has worked hard and proven himself committed to getting up to speed in the offense.

Very encouraged,” Reich said, via 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis. “We knew right away, you could tell day one that he was smart. [He was] not going to have a problem grasping the system. Then it’s just a question of getting used to the way we do things, the way we teach things and then our schemes. I just thought he showed a very high aptitude for that. Then really as a route runner, for a big guy for his size we’ve said he’s got good feet and he’s got good body control. So I was just really encouraged by his progress.”

Funchess was seen as something of an underachiever during his four years in Carolina, but the Colts showed last year with Eric Ebron that they’re capable of signing an underachiever and turning him into a big-time contributor. They’ll hope Funchess can do that this year.

28 responses to “Frank Reich “very encouraged” by Devin Funchess

  1. Trent Richardson and Darius Hayward-Bey were great acquisitions by the colts also. Just check Irsay’s twitter.

  2. Yes, the Colts grossly overpaid for Funchess, especially since Luck is hurt again. But hey, this is what the Colts do… Last week, Irsay paid $5M for an air guitar…

  3. LOL, your screen name “camsbiggestfan” basically disqualifies you from commenting on this topic. Luck is a FAR superior QB than Funchess has ever seen, don’t be surprised if you see Devin in the Pro Bowl this season after having a career year.

  4. Don’t hold your breath til anything breaks loose with the Funchess. He had lots of opportunities with the Panthers and did not take advantage of them. Maybe best things Marty Hurny did was get rid of Kelvin then Devon in order to make room for C.Samuel and D.J Moore. See what happens next season?

  5. Long Time Lions Fan here. A bit jealous. Like what the Colts are doing – very targeted offseason moves. Not burning through cap space just because you have a ton of it. Great for the long term health of this team. Wait til Luck hits his prime then oh boy the options.

  6. these kind of articles always make me chuckle. I mean, what helse is Reich going to say, “Ah, well, you know we probably overpaid and we’re going to cut him during TC, but shhhh don’t tell.”

  7. Until Ballard slips up you have to trust every move. Anyone that watches football knows Funchess has more talent than Cam could exploit. Cam is limited and Luck will put Funchess over 1200 yards with 6-8 TD

  8. Still puzzled by that contract. Who were they bidding against that made them think they needed to give him 10 million? Would have thought an incentive heavy prove it deal would have gotten it done.

  9. Y’all do understand that Irsay’s purchase is not included nor does it affect the salary cap and therefore does not in any way affect who they pick or don’t pick?

  10. terripet says:
    June 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Luck will make him a pro bowl wr

    Only of Luck plans to catch the ball for him. Panthers fans know Funchess had highest dropped pass rate in 2018 AND he always seemed to drop in key situations.

  11. “Luck is a FAR superior QB than Funchess has ever seen”

    Yeah, that 60.8% career completion percentage that Luck has is FAR superior to Cam’s 59.7% career completion percentage.

  12. The Colts grossly overpaid for Funchess . . and it was absolutely the right move. They paid him good money for one year only and they have handled their cap so well they can do it. If he is a fit with the Colts and does well they can pay him long term with a semi-fat contract . . . if not he’s gone. Great move by them.

  13. I’ll say this for QB Cam Newton — he’s a decent RB. Though he probably would have been a better blocking TE or a DE.

  14. Funchess was a really bad college player (Cam wasn’t his QB in college), and he’s been a really bad pro. Led the league in drop percentage (Cam can’t throw it and catch it). That’s why he was available. If a borderline player gets a change of scenery, it can help. This guy is not even close to a borderline player. Frank Reich is just reading the script, like all coaches do. I’m still waiting for the day when a coach actually says something negative about one of his players.

  15. “Sorry, but if your not a star receiver with Cam throwing you the rock, then you’ll never be a star. Colts grossly overpaid for this bum.”
    Oh man, talk about delusional! Just watch what Frank and Luck do with this guy.

  16. camsbiggestfan says:
    June 23, 2019 at 7:09 pm
    Sorry, but if your not a star receiver with Cam throwing you the rock, then you’ll never be a star. Colts grossly overpaid for this bum.
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    FYI, Cam has never made any receiver a “star”. He doesn’t make the players around him better.

  17. @terripet says:
    June 23, 2019 at 7:39 pm
    Luck will make him a pro bowl wr
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    With injuries, playoffs, etc,. doesn’t everybody make the pro bowl? Being named to the PB isn’t necessarily a crowning acheivement.

  18. Let’s see if he becomes Kelvin Benjamin 2.0 or Steve Smith, Sr. 2.0 before we start throwing glowing remarks his way. I tend to think he will be in between those. Smitty was great in Carolina and continued it on with the Ravens. Benjamin was not real good in Carolina and continued it on at Buffalo. What do all three have in common? Cam Newton. Ironically the smallest of the three was the best of them. Colts certainly overpaid but I ain’t mad about it.

  19. 49erfan44 says:
    June 23, 2019 at 9:11 pm
    Until Ballard slips up you have to trust every move. Anyone that watches football knows Funchess has more talent than Cam could exploit. Cam is limited and Luck will put Funchess over 1200 yards with 6-8 TD

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    Does not actually checking on whether your QB could play until the week before the season then scrambling for a back up a few days before the first game because in your mind his major injury was just a minor one then firing your coach inspite of the fact that he wasn’t responsible for your poor planning then hiring a guy to replace him before making sure he actually wanted the job just to eventually have to hire one of your old QB coaches because the guy you really wanted and announced was hired turn you down count as a slip up?

    Ballard is the Inspector Gadget of NFL GM’s. Stuff just happens to work out in spite of him, not because of him.

  20. Devin’s college QBs had 51 TDs and 50 picks.
    Michigan 2012-2014
    Yeah, sounds like its all his fault.

    Luck will be the first real passer he has ever played with.

    Cam may still make the HoF on merit by stat compiling rush and pass combo, but he is not a great passer.

  21. On a completely unrelated note, I think his name is fantastic. Funchess..it’s great. Its so fun to say.. Funchess…. Love it..

  22. Anyone who thinks Luck is a significantly better passer than Newton obviously hasn’t compared their passing statistics. Luck is only slightly more efficient as a passer, yet the narrative continues to be that Luck is the next Brady/Brees/whoever, despite him not earning that comparison.

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