Devin Funchess
Funchess with the Panthers in 2018
No. 17     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-05-21) May 21, 1994 (age 25)
Place of birth: Detroit, Michigan
Career information
College: Michigan
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Carolina Panthers ( 2015 2018)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Second-team All-Big Ten (2013, 2014)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Receptions     161
Receiving yards     2,223
Receiving touchdowns     21

Devin Funchess (born May 21, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan, and was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

High school careerEdit

Funchess attended Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track.[1] As a junior in 2010, he caught 34 passes for 709 yards and five touchdowns, leading his team to the Michigan Division II state championship.[2][3] As a senior in 2011, he was named to the Detroit News Blue Chip List after tallying 21 receptions for 452 yards and five touchdowns on offense, while also recording three sacks, one forced fumble, one interception, and three pass break-ups on defense.[4] In track & field, Funchess competed as a long jumper, recording a personal-best leap of 5.53 meters (18 ft, 1.5 in) at the 2011 Oakland County Championships, where he placed 25th.[5]

Considered a four-star recruit by, Funchess was listed as the fifth-ranked tight end in the nation in 2012.[6]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Devin Funchess
[[Farmington Hills, MI]] Harrison HS 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) 205 lb (93 kg) Apr 22,
Scout:75px   Rivals:3/5 stars   ESPN:75px
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 8 (TE)   Rivals: 14 (TE)  ESPN: 5 (TE)
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College careerEdit

Funchess committed to the University of Michigan in 2011, becoming one of the top prospects in Michigan's 2012 recruiting class.[7]

2012 seasonEdit

File:Devin Funchess (2012-09-15) b.jpg

Funchess saw extensive playing time as a freshman for the 2012 Michigan football team.[8] After Brandon Moore sustained a knee injury, Funchess became the team's leading tight end and was described in October 2012 as "one of Michigan's biggest early-season revelations."[9] In the second game of the season, and Funchess' first as a starter, he had 106 receiving yards and a touchdown against Air Force.[10][11][12][13] He became the first Michigan tight end with 100 receiving yards in a game in 15 years; Jerame Tuman accomplished the feat in 1997.[14] Funchess was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Week for his performance against Air Force.[15][16] Against UMass the following week, he caught two passes for 34 yards and scored his second career touchdown at Michigan.[17][18]

Funchess scored his third touchdown pass on October 13, 2012, in a 45-0 victory over Illinois.[19] On November 10, 2012, he scored in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard pass from Devin Gardner to give Michigan a 28–24 lead over Northwestern.[20] In the final home game of the season, a 42–17 victory over Iowa, Funchess scored his fifth touchdown on a 29-yard pass from Gardner.[21]

Funchess was a 2012 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection by the media.[22][23] He was also named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America Team.[24]

2013 seasonEdit

As a sophomore for the 2013 Michigan team, Funchess became the Wolverines' second leading receiver behind Jeremy Gallon. On October 5, 2013, he caught seven passes for 151 yards against Minnesota. He had a 46-yard reception against the Golden Gophers, and his total of 151 yards was also a career-high.[25][26] After the Minnesota game, head coach Brady Hoke said: "We wanted to get him out on the perimeter a little bit, mismatch in a lot of ways. He runs awful well and is a big target. We're just trying to really take advantage of his skill set."[27] In an overtime loss to Penn State on October 12, 2013, Funchess caught four passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 59-yard touchdown reception.[28] Through the first six games of the season, Funchess had 19 catches for 408 yards and four touchdowns. His average of 21.5 yards per catch was the highest in the Big Ten Conference.[29]

After the 2013 season, Funchess was named as Big Ten's Tight End of the year.[30]

2014 seasonEdit

On August 30, 2014, Funchess played his first game as a wide receiver for the Wolverines. He changed his number from No. 87 to No. 1; he is the first receiver to wear No. 1 since Braylon Edwards in 2004.[31] Funchess tallied seven receptions for 95 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in the season opener against Appalachian State.[32] On December 9, 2014, Funchess announced that he would be foregoing his remaining eligibility and declared for the 2015 NFL Draft.[33]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Rec Yds Avg TDs
2012 Michigan 13 15 234 15.6 5
2013 Michigan 13 49 748 15.3 6
2014 Michigan 11 62 733 11.8 4
Total 37 126 1715 13.6 15

Professional careerEdit

File:Saints vs Panthers 12.6.15 151.jpg
Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4¼ in 232 lb 4.70 s 1.66 s 2.74 s 4.48 s 6.98 s 38½ in 10 ft 2 in 17 rep

Carolina PanthersEdit

2015 seasonEdit

Funchess was drafted in the second round with the 41st overall pick by the Carolina Panthers in the 2015 NFL Draft.[35] On August 14, 2015, he made his preseason debut for the Panthers against the Buffalo Bills. Funchess' first catch was a 34-yarder where he tightroped the sideline on a pass from Derek Anderson. Funchess had one more catch, and finished the night with 53 yards total. When the Panther's primary receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in training camp, Carolina looked for Funchess to help fill that spot and emerge as a consistent target for Cam Newton.[36]

Funchess had a breakout game during Week 9 against the Green Bay Packers; Funchess made 3 catches for 71 yards and a key touchdown to help the Panthers earn their first 8-0 start in franchise history.[37] The following week, Funchess caught both of his targets for a total of 41 yards during the Panthers' 27-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans.[38] The following week, Funchess made his first NFL start against the Washington Redskins and responded with four receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown during the Panthers' 44-16 victory.[39] During the Panthers' 41-38 victory over the New Orleans Saints, Funchess recorded a key 13-yard touchdown reception.[40] During the Panthers' 38-35 victory over the New York Giants to move them to 14-0, Funchess recorded a key touchdown reception against cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.[41] Against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the regular season finale, Funchess set career bests with seven receptions and 120 yards. The yardage is the second-most by Panthers' rookie (David Gettis had 125 yards against the San Francisco 49ers on October 24, 2010).[42] Funchess finished the regular season with 31 catches for 473 yards, the fifth most in franchise history for a rookie receiver; his five touchdown catches were second most for a rookie.[43]

On February 7, 2016, Funchess was part of the Panthers team that played in Super Bowl 50. The Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[44] In the Super Bowl, Funchess had two catches for 40 yards.[45]

2016 seasonEdit

Funchess played in 15 games in 2016, with seven starts, recording 23 catches for 371 yards and four touchdowns. He was placed on injured reserve on December 29, 2016 after suffering a knee injury against the Falcons in Week 16.[46]

2017 seasonEdit

Funchess was part of a Panthers' wide receiver unit that contained Kelvin Benjamin, Russell Shephard, Curtis Samuel, Kaelin Clay, and Damiere Byrd.[47] In Week 4, against the New England Patriots, he had seven receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns in the 33–30 victory.[48] In Week 12, against the New York Jets, he had a season-high 108 receiving yards on seven receptions.[49] Overall, on the season, he had 63 receptions for 840 yards and eight touchdowns.[50] The Panthers made the playoffs and faced off against the New Orleans Saints in the Wild Card Round.[51] In the 31–26 loss, he had four receptions for 89 yards.[52]

2018 seasonEdit

In a Week 3 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, Funchess scored his first receiving touchdown of the season.[53] In Week 6 and Week 8, he scored a touchdown in consecutive games against the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.[54][55]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On March 14, 2019, Funchess signed a one-year contract with the Indianapolis Colts.[56]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
G GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2015 CAR 16 5 31 473 15.3 52 5 1 1
2016 CAR 15 7 23 371 16.1 48 4 -- --
2017 CAR 16 16 63 840 13.3 44 8 -- --
2018 CAR 14 12 44 549 12.5 27 4 -- --
Career 61 40 161 2,233 13.9 52 21 1 1


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