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Devin Funchess Compared To Rest Of NFC South WR1s

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Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, and Antonio Brown are all top 5 locks. The rest are up for debate and I would probably have Mike Thomas in mine. Saying he's been irrelevant is silly, did you even watch when he bullied our team earlier this year?

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If he keeps up his pace of yardage after KB left he'll be right at the 1K receiving mark.

He looks very fluid running after the catch.  I think this is the time for Funchess to take the role of #1 receiver.

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4 hours ago, Professor Chaos said:

Odell Beckham, Julio Jones, and Antonio Brown are all top 5 locks. The rest are up for debate and I would probably have Mike Thomas in mine. Saying he's been irrelevant is silly, did you even watch when he bullied our team earlier this year?

Who said he was irrelevant? Nobody-least of all me.

But here are his stats: 2 TDS all year, consistently contributing no argument, but top 5? So basically you are so wowed by his rookie season that you rate him higher than both AJ Green and Mike Evans? Ok then.

2017 REGULAR SEASON GAME LOG RECEIVING RUSHING FUMBLES
DATE OPP RESULT REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD              
Sun 11/12 W 47-10 9 10 117 13.0 28 0              
Sun 11/5
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  • TB
W 30-10 8 11 65 8.1 24 0              
Sun 10/29 W 20-12 7 9 77 11.0 23 0              
Sun 10/22 W 26-17 7 11 82 11.7 21 0              
Sun 10/15 W 52-38 3 5 11 3.7 5 0              
Sun 10/1 W 20-0 8 11 89 11.1 30 1              
Sun 9/24 W 34-13 7 8 87 12.4 26 1              
Sun 9/17
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  • NE
L 20-36 5 10 89 17.8 33 0              
Mon 9/11 L 19-29 5 8 45 9.0 14 0              

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The point is, OP is correct. Based on individual stats Funchess is actually outperforming many vaunted WR names. If he can consistently produce such performances we have a really good WR on our hands. Not based on 'reputation' or 'ranking' but what they're actually doing now.

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25 minutes ago, SeoulPanther said:

Who said he was irrelevant? Nobody-least of all me.

But here are his stats: 2 TDS all year, consistently contributing no argument, but top 5? So basically you are so wowed by his rookie season that you rate him higher than both AJ Green and Mike Evans? Ok then.

2017 REGULAR SEASON GAME LOG RECEIVING RUSHING FUMBLES
DATE OPP RESULT REC TGTS YDS AVG LNG TD              
Sun 11/12 W 47-10 9 10 117 13.0 28 0              
Sun 11/5
  • vs
  •  
  • TB
W 30-10 8 11 65 8.1 24 0              
Sun 10/29 W 20-12 7 9 77 11.0 23 0              
Sun 10/22 W 26-17 7 11 82 11.7 21 0              
Sun 10/15 W 52-38 3 5 11 3.7 5 0              
Sun 10/1 W 20-0 8 11 89 11.1 30 1              
Sun 9/24 W 34-13 7 8 87 12.4 26 1              
Sun 9/17
  • vs
  •  
  • NE
L 20-36 5 10 89 17.8 33 0              
Mon 9/11 L 19-29 5 8 45 9.0 14 0              

I think that was moreso directed at Thomas earlier in the thread who was acting like he was a bust or some poo.

MT is stupid good. Saints are running a lot more and passing a lot less, hell Cam has more passing TDs than Brees this year. It's understandable why he's down on TDs this year.

 

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On the topic of Funchess, I'm trying to contain myself, I've seen many WRs show up and then dissapppear (who remembers when I was the biggest David Gettis fan) but something about his play this season in general has made me really hopefully for him. Everything looks really natural for him and I really think he can make some noise in the leauge. 

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11 minutes ago, Rags said:

I think that was moreso directed at Thomas earlier in the thread who was acting like he was a bust or some poo.

MT is stupid good. Saints are running a lot more and passing a lot less, hell Cam has more passing TDs than Brees this year. It's understandable why he's down on TDs this year.

 

 My bad. MT is no bust. But top 5 based on 1 completed season? With one of the very best QB's, a consistently strong O-line and Brandin Cooks spreading the field (last year). Payton calling the plays. Its harder to fail than succeed in that situation. I'm willing to give him a bit more time before I put him in front of proven players like Jordy Nelson and Nuk Hopkins (who has 8 TD's this year despite 3 games of Tom Savage).

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One of the biggest takeaways from this also seems to be that with Funchess as the WR1, he doesn't just stand out as good in the NFC South, but the rest of our receiving corps seems to be doing better as well.

This might be like in gardening where you have to yank one plant out of the ground so that the others around it can grow.

By the end of the season, we'll all be thinking this was a great move by the front office.

 

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I've got to admit, I've been surprised and encouraged by how Funchess has been playing.  After how he "vanished" last year (which I realize was probably due to poor coaching) I wasn't ready to really believe he'd step up and play this physically.  Hoping he keeps it up and above all stays healthy.  But surely he's looking promising and showing talent and drive we'd all hoped was there.

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45 minutes ago, SeoulPanther said:

 My bad. MT is no bust. But top 5 based on 1 completed season? With one of the very best QB's, a consistently strong O-line and Brandin Cooks spreading the field (last year). Payton calling the plays. Its harder to fail than succeed in that situation. I'm willing to give him a bit more time before I put him in front of proven players like Jordy Nelson and Nuk Hopkins (who has 8 TD's this year despite 3 games of Tom Savage).

It's really hard for me to say myself. There's a lot of good, young WRs in the leauge right now. Though my top three are Jones, Brown and Hopkins in that order. After that there's a valid argument for anyone after them.

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1 hour ago, Rags said:

I've seen many WRs show up and then dissapppear (who remembers when I was the biggest David Gettis fan)

6th round picks often flop. Funchess was the 41st selection and only available there due to his short time at WR in college, with a bad QB. Still a risk certainly, but the talent was obvious and it looks like the pick paid off. 

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