Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
3 weeks ago

Funchess is anticipated to maintain his No. 1, or 'X', receiver role in the Panthers offense despite last week's first-round selection of D.J. Moore, Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Funchess overcame injury and benefitted from the trade departure of Kelvin Benjamin to turn in a career-best campaign in 2017, finishing with 63 catches for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. On the back of that production, the 23-year-old is expected to remain in the highly valued 'X' role going forward, likely leaving Moore to operate opposite him or in the slot. While Moore's presence figures to give quarterback Cam Newton a shiny new toy, Funchess' stock still seems to be on the rise from last season's success in an expanded role, and the fact he's currently entering a contract year only figures to motivate him more.

Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
5 months ago

Funchess caught four of eight targets for 79 yards in Sunday's 31-26 NFC wild-card loss to the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Funchess was noticeably impacted by the shoulder injury he's carried for the past few weeks, and although he also rolled his ankle early on Sunday, he still soldiered his way to a productive performance. In fact, Funchess' yardage total marked his most since Week 12 of the regular season. On that day, which came in the midst of a strong stretch following the departure of former top wideout Kelvin Benjamin, Funchess topped 100 yards for the only time this term. On the whole, Benjamin being dealt to Buffalo helped result in a career-best campaign from Funchess, who finished with 63 receptions on 113 targets for 840 yards and eight touchdowns. As long as he gets his shoulder healthy, Funchess could enjoy entering next season -- the last under his rookie contract -- as Carolina's No. 1 wideout. That pegging would obviously portend itself to fantasy success, making Funchess someone to monitor over the course of this offseason.

Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
5 months ago

Funchess (shoulder) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

The wideout, who caught two passes on six targets for 48 yards and a TD in Week 17's loss to the Falcons, has logged modest yardage totals over the Panthers' last three games as the team's top wideout. That said, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has at least maintained a degree of fantasy utility in TD-heavy formats by scoring five times over his last seven contests.

Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
5 months ago

Funchess (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's playoff game against the Saints after logging a limited practice Friday.

EDGE Analysis

We'll verify the wideout's status as Sunday's 4:40 ET kickoff approaches, but he's fully expected to be in uniform. Funchess, who logged two catches on six targets for 48 yards and a TD in Week 17's loss to the Falcons, has racked up modest yardage totals of late as the Panthers' top wideout, but he's maintained a degree of fantasy utility by scoring five TDs over his last seven outings.

Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
5 months ago

Funchess (shoulder) took part in Friday's practice, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Funchess did not practice either of the previous two days, but he was able to get back on the field Friday. It won't be clear until after practice how much work he was able to get in, but his participation alone bodes well for his chances of playing in Sunday's wild-card matchup with the Saints.

Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
5 months ago

Funchess (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

More on the wideout's status for wild-card weekend come Friday, though we suspect that Funchess is likely to be a go Sunday against the Saints, with his practice participation leading up to the contest being managed to that end. Funchess was on the field for 87 percent of the Panthers' snaps on offense in Week 17 -- tops among the team's wide receivers -- en route to hauling in two of his six targets for 48 yards and a TD.

Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
5 months ago

Funchess did not practice Wednesday due to a shoulder injury, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Funchess' nagging shoulder injury kept him limited in practice prior to the Panthers' regular season finale against the Falcons, but he was ultimately able to log 53 snaps as he caught two passes on six targets for 48 yards and a score. Given the importance of Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Saints, the Panthers may elect to proceed cautiously with the health of their No. 1 wide receiver through the remainder of the week, potentially leading to more reps for fellow receivers Russell Shepard and Brenton Bersin in practice.

Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
5 months ago

Funchess brought in two of six targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 22-10 loss to the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

Funchess hauled in a four-yard scoring throw from Cam Newton in the second quarter, capping a 16-play, 78-yard march. The third-year wideout has been battling a multi-week shoulder injury, an issue that had appeared to particularly affect his production over the prior two games. Funchess' first foray into the end zone since Week 14 was certainly encouraging, but those looking to deploy him postseason contests will be hoping for an overall uptick in his production when the Panthers face the Saints in next Sunday's NFC wild-card battle.

Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
5 months ago

Funchess (shoulder) isn't listed on the final injury report for Sunday's game in Atlanta.

EDGE Analysis

Teams typically list players without game designations once they're fully cleared, but Carolina actually took the unusual step of completely removing Funchess from the injury report. It's a hint that the wideout is no longer bothered by soreness in his shoulder, following back-to-back outings with less than 20 yards. Funchess should bounce back to some degree, facing an Atlanta defense he bested for five catches and 86 yards on seven targets in a 20-17 Panthers victory back in Week 9. Funchess accounted for 63 percent of his team's receiving yards in that contest, which also happened to be the first game after Kelvin Benjamin was traded to Buffalo.

Devin Funchess
WR CAR (4)
5 months ago

Funchess (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

The uncapped session is Funchess's first since Dec. 15. In the meantime, he suited up twice but made nary an impact in either box score, totaling four receptions (on eight targets) for 30 yards. There's no guarantee he'll regain his stature in the passing attack from Weeks 2 through 14, a 12-game stretch in which he surpassed 50 receiving yards nine times and scored all seven of his touchdowns on the season. Having said that, he'll have a great chance to bounce back Sunday against a Falcons defense that has allowed 164.4 yards through the air and five touchdowns to wideouts over the last five contests.