Since the start of training camp and into the preseason, Carolina Panthers second year wide receiver Devin Funchess has looked much improved. So much so, in fact, that comparisons have been made between Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin.
Wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl recently commented about this very subject.
“To be honest with you, where Devin is right now and where Kelvin needs to get to, I think Devin is pushing Kelvin,” wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl said. “He’s realizing, ‘I’ve got to get back, I’ve got to push, because this guy (Funchess) is pretty dang good.’
“That’s the beauty of it.”
This statement by Proehl validates what so many of us have seen so far this year. Devin Funchess is not only coming into his own, but he is reaching the level of Kelvin Benjamin.
In only one season, Devin Funchess has gone from a rookie that looked lost in training camp, to a “go to” receiver in all phases of the game. While Kelvin Benjamin is strictly a possession receiver, Funchess is able to play all three wide receiver positions on the field. Need a possession Guy? Funchess is your man. Need quick slant from the slot? Funchess has this. How about stretching the field with a long ball? No problem, put Funchess out there.
Add these two wide receivers together and the Carolina Panthers have the makings of the most potent wide receiver duo ever seen in Carolina.