Jump to content
Carolina Huddle

Search the Community

Showing results for tags 'devin funchess'.



More search options

  • Search By Tags

    Type tags separated by commas.
  • Search By Author

Content Type


Categories

  • Articles
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Huddle Podcast

Forums

  • Carolina Panthers
    • Carolina Panthers News and Talk
    • Football Life
    • The Smack Down
  • Hoops
    • Charlotte Hornets
    • College Basketball
  • Other Carolina Sports
    • The Beautiful Game
    • College Football
    • Carolina Hurricanes
  • General Nonsense and Tomfoolery
    • Nerdvana - The Sequel
    • The Lounge
    • The Tinderbox
    • Site Support

Product Groups

  • Huddle Upgrades
    • One Dollar Validation to Post
  • Clothing

Find results in...

Find results that contain...


Date Created

  • Start

    End


Last Updated

  • Start

    End


Filter by number of...

Joined

  • Start

    End


Group


Twitter Handle


Twitter


Facebook URL


Instagram


Location


Interests


Location

Found 16 results

  1. http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2015-07-20/madden-16-ratings-rankings-rookies-release-jameis-winston-marcus-mariota?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter Devin is on here and you get to see his reaction along with some of the other top guys from the NFL along with Winston and Mariota. Sammie Coates' reaction at the end is the best.
  2. One of the more interesting stories of the 2015 Carolina Panthers OTA sessions has been the improvement of Corey Brown at the wide receiver position. A few days ago during practice I was standing next to Bill Voth of BBR discussing Brown's improvement. We came to the conclusion that the best sign of his arrival as a player was the fact that we were no longer really taking note of his receptions. Meaning, Corey Brown making plays had become routine, not noteworthy. That is a true sign of a player's growth. After the final Panthers OTA practice, I wanted to speak to Corey about his growth and his thoughts of the receivers group as a whole. So I waited, and waited, and waited a bit more. You see, Corey was across the field catching one handed passes with the defensive backs. The receivers group was not doing any extra reps after practice, so Brown took it upon himself to find another group to work with. Once I did catch up with him, I asked him how he went from an undrafted free agent in 2014 to one of the more impressive receivers early in 2015. "All I can control is what I do." Brown said of his improvement. "Staying focused, not letting anything that happened last year get to me." Brown had some success as a rookie, but clearly he is focused on building on his achievements, not reminiscing over them. Brown understands the numbers with this 2015 receivers group. Even though he has been playing mainly with the first team, he knows his roster spot is not guaranteed. For the first time in a long time, talented receivers are not going to make the Carolina Panthers roster. For the team, that is a great thing. For the individuals, it provides extra motivation. "Its a way more competitive group this year, from top to bottom. There is nothing but skill at the receiver position. There is a lot of competition this year." Part of the increase in skill level was due to the Panthers trading up for receiver Devin Funchess in the second round. The Panthers had Funchess graded as a first rounder, and it has shown on the practice field. Corey Brown has been impressed. "I've known Funchess, he played at Michigan so I have been watching him for a while. He is picking up the offense fast." Brown remarked. "He is going to be huge for us this year." If you look at the above photo again, the other player in the photo dressed in all black is Gamecocks rookie Damiere Byrd. Like Brown in 2014, Byrd is an undrafted receiver trying to make his way. Clearly he has taken note and is looking at Brown's work ethic as an example of what it takes to succeed. This is the first look we have gotten at Corey Brown the mentor. "I told (Byrd), sometimes you may not get one rep the whole period" Brown said. "You can't let that get you down, because then when it's your time to go you aren't going to mentally be able to perform. I told him many times just wait until camp. Once camp comes around you are going to get as many reps as you need."
  3. One of the more interesting stories of the 2015 Carolina Panthers OTA sessions has been the improvement of Corey Brown at the wide receiver position. A few days ago during practice I was standing next to Bill Voth of BBR discussing Brown's improvement. We came to the conclusion that the best sign of his arrival as a player was the fact that we were no longer really taking note of his receptions. Meaning, Corey Brown making plays had become routine, not noteworthy. That is a true sign of a player's growth. After the final Panthers OTA practice, I wanted to speak to Corey about his growth and his thoughts of the receivers group as a whole. So I waited, and waited, and waited a bit more. You see, Corey was across the field catching one handed passes with the defensive backs..... View full article
  4. The last OTA practice of 2015 was both the hottest and the practice with the least enthusiasm. With Ron Rivera in California for his daughters graduation, the Panthers seemed to lose focus. It showed both in their demeanor and on the field. It was a rough day for Cam Newton. After looking pristine for most of the OTA sessions, today he looked off kilter. Many of his end zone passes were high. His long throws either short or long. Colin Jones made the play of the day, intercepting Cam Newton in the red zone and taking it for what would have been a pick six. Cam Newton was visibly unhappy about the interception, and tried chasing Jones down.... without luck. Colin Jones also made a beautiful break on a ball from Newton later in the practice, nearly intercepting another ball meant for Ted Ginn on a curl route. Yes, Colin Jones is my player of the day. The first defensive player of the day I have named... which should tell you how the day went. Other Notes: - Brandon Williams struggled as he dropped a catchable 30 yard bomb from Cam Newton. Williams had both hands on the ball, but could not hold on. - Devin Funchess had more second string snaps today, due to Kelvin Benjamin being back on the field. Funchess did get a few first string reps in. When with the second string, he appeared to be running many of the same routes as Benjamin did with the first string. - Cam's sure fire connection to Greg Olsen was just not there today. Both targets in the end zone soared well above Olsen's head. - Both linebacker draft picks, Thompson and Mayo, spent time in the second string together. - Stephen Hill mainly played with the second string, no plays of note to mention.
  5. The last OTA practice of 2015 was both the hottest and the practice with the least enthusiasm. With Ron Rivera in California for his daughters graduation, the Panthers seemed to lose focus. It showed both in their demeanor and on the field. It was a rough day for Cam Newton. After looking pristine for most of the OTA sessions, today he looked off kilter. Many of his end zone passes were high. His long throws either short or long. Colin Jones made the play of the day, intercepting Cam Newton in the red zone and taking it for what would have been a pick six. Cam Newton was visibly unhappy about the interception, and tried chasing Jones down.... without luck. Colin Jones also made a beautiful break on a ball from Newton later in the practice, nearly intercepting another ball meant for Ted Ginn on a curl route. Yes, Colin Jones is my player of the day. The first defensive player of the day I have named... which should tell you how the day went. Other Notes: - Brandon Williams struggled as he dropped a catchable 30 yard bomb from Cam Newton. Williams had both hands on the ball, but could not hold on. - Devin Funchess had more second string snaps today, due to Kelvin Benjamin being back on the field. Funchess did get a few first string reps in. When with the second string, he appeared to be running many of the same routes as Benjamin did with the first string. - Cam's sure fire connection to Greg Olsen was just not there today. Both targets in the end zone soared well above Olsen's head. - Both linebacker draft picks, Thompson and Mayo, spent time in the second string together. - Stephen Hill mainly played with the second string, no plays of note to mention. View full article
  6. After two weeks of OTA practices, here is how the wide receiver depth chart is shaping up according to number of snaps and targets on media days. 1. Kelvin Benjamin - Still not fully participating, but no questioning his status. 2. Devin Funchess - Plenty of snaps, targets, and looked impressive as well. 3. Corey Brown - Possibly the most improved player on offense? 4. Brenton Bersin - Has shown reliability in being one of Cam's favorite targets. 5. Ted Ginn Jr - Fair amount of playing time with the 1's. 6. Jerricho Cotchery - Not as many first team snaps as last season's workouts. 7. Stephen Hill - Sees very little time with the 1's 8. De'Andre Presley - Quick, needs to show better hands. 9. Jarrett Boykin - Mostly second and third string reps. Not making plays. 10. Marcus Lucas - Last year showed promise in camp. Can he repeat in 2015? 11. Mike Brown - Struggling to get reps 12. Damiere Byrd - UDFA looking to make impact. Had a nice TD from Derek Anderson Thursday. Again, this is just an early look. Things can, and probably will, change from week to week and throughout training camp in August.
  7. After two weeks of OTA practices, here is how the wide receiver depth chart is shaping up according to number of snaps and targets on media days..... View full article
  8. The Carolina Panthers opened up an additional day for media, which came as a nice surprise this morning. So I rearranged my schedule and headed to Biggs Camera for my gear. Those guys are so awesome they are providing me with equipment this season so that I can bring these images to you. Having them in my corner this year is a load off my mind in terms of equipment. So make sure you show them some love if you are in Charlotte and in need of camera gear or prints. They are good people. Charles Johnson was showing off some nice kicks and a new haircut today. Kelvin Benjamin and Bene Benwikere again were limited in their practice involvement. I spoke to Bene after practice. He is feeling good and should return as soon as tomorrow possibly. After practice coach Rivera mentioned Kelvin also may return. Just because Kelvin is limited in team drills doesn't mean he is taking it easy. He spent a lot of time with the ball machine, catching pass after pass. He seems more aggravated by not being able to participate on the field than by a nagging hamstring. Earlier this year on the Huddle Podcast, Josh Norman expressed how important veteran safety Roman Harper is to the defensive backs. Norman sees Harper as kind of an older wiser brother and credits Harper as a source for knowledge. It is obvious on the field that these two have a mutual respect and fondness for one another which is great to see. Clemson product Garry Peters was a highly ranked UDFA, but he hasn't managed to see the field yet. He spent the day with the trainers again, trying to get his legs healthy. This is not the position a UDFA rookie wants to be in, especially with how competitive the cornerback position is this season. During offensive line drills, Andrew Norwell looked like, well, Andrew Norwell. Taking everything deadly serious as if it were a gameday situation, and bringing that mean streak we all have grown to love. A source within the organization has told me Norwell looks like a 10 year starter for the Panthers. Cam again looked sharp today, and not just because of the highlighter green shirt. He continued to have plenty of zip on the ball and precision accuracy. - Player of the Day: Greg Olsen. Olsen hauled in three touchdowns while making the Panthers safeties look less than stellar. The Cam to Olsen connection was nearly unstoppable today. - Rookie receiver Damiere Byrd closed out practice with a long bomb touchdown again today. Once he gets behind a defender, there is little chance of catching him. - Jarrett Boykin had another rough day today, dropping a touchdown pass in the red zone. Boykin had both hands on the ball, but just could not hold on. - The Panthers changed up the offensive line a bit today. Mike Remmers spent some time at center, and Martin Wallace got a few snaps with the second team at left tackle. - The scary moment of the day was a bad communication on the offensive line that put Michael Oher far out of place and a leaving Mario Addison untouched as he got to Cam Newton. Of course, Addison did not touch Cam, but if it was an actual game Cam would be at serious risk. - Frank Alexander spent the most time at left defensive end with Charles Johnson still on the right. Thats all for general observations. I will have more specific observations about players and units in the coming hours and days. As always, I will be having extended coverage including photos and observations in the All-Pro section of the Huddle. If you are a huddle regular and enjoy what I provide here, I encourage you to sign up and help keep it going.
  9. The Carolina Panthers opened up an additional day for media, which came as a nice surprise this morning. So I rearranged my schedule and headed to Biggs Camera for my gear. Those guys are so awesome they are providing me with equipment this season so that I can bring these images to you. Having them in my corner this year is a load off my mind in terms of equipment. So make sure you show them some love if you are in Charlotte and in need of camera gear or prints. They are good people. Charles Johnson was showing off some nice kicks and a new haircut today. Kelvin Benjamin and Bene Benwikere again were limited in their practice involvement. I spoke to Bene after practice. He is feeling good and should return as soon as tomorrow possibly. After practice coach Rivera mentioned Kelvin also may return. Just because Kelvin is limited in team drills doesn't mean he is taking it easy. He spent a lot of time with the ball machine, catching pass after pass. He seems more aggravated by not being able to participate on the field than by a nagging hamstring...... View full article
  10. Last week it was Corey Brown, but this week Devin Funchess returned to the practice field and grabbed the heralded "Carolina Huddle Player of the Day" award. Devin had an impressive outing in his first practice open to the media with Cam Newton throwing to him. Funchess never catches the ball with his body. He is a full time hands catcher, which is something all coaches love to see. Less chance for the ball bouncing off the chest means fewer incompletions or interceptions. Funchess saw time on the outside as well as in the slot. He played in 2 wide and 3 wide sets. He spent most of his time on the field playing opposite Corey Brown. These two seem to compliment each other very nicely. For the majority of the snaps he was covered by new Panthers CB Peanut Tillman. In a practice two minute drill, Funchess bodied Tillman out of the way for a touchdown strike from Newton. Funchess was asked what it was like playing against Tillman after practice. "You've got to use your strength against his, and just play my technique." Tillman was not at all happy about being shoved around by the rookie. At 6'2 and 198 pounds, Tillman isn't exactly a small corner. If today's practice was any indication for the upcoming season, the Panthers are matching up nicely against teams with larger corners like Seattle.
  11. Last week it was Corey Brown, but this week Devin Funchess returned to the practice field and grabbed the heralded "Carolina Huddle Player of the Day" award. Devin had an impressive outing in his first practice open to the media with Cam Newton throwing to him. Funchess never catches the ball with his body. He is a full time hands catcher, which is something all coaches love to see. Less chance for the ball bouncing off the chest means fewer incompletions or interceptions. Funchess saw time on the outside as well as in the slot. He played in 2 wide and 3 wide sets. He spent most of his time on the field playing opposite Corey Brown. These two seem to compliment each other very nicely. For the majority of the snaps he was covered by new Panthers CB Peanut Tillman. In a practice two minute drill, Funchess bodied Tillman out of the way for a touchdown strike from Newton. Funchess was asked what it was like playing against Tillman after practice. "You've got to use your strength against his, and just play my technique." Tillman was not at all happy about being shoved around by the rookie. At 6'2 and 198 pounds, Tillman isn't exactly a small corner. If today's practice was any indication for the upcoming season, the Panthers are matching up nicely against teams with larger corners like Seattle. View full article
  12. Today I had the opportunity to get a look at the newest Panthers wide receiver, second rounder Devin Funchess, at Panthers rookie camp. Devin strolled into his first practice as a NFL player like he had been there before, having some fun with NC State guard Zach Allen. Lots of comparisons will be made between Kelvin Benjamin and Funchess this season, but right away it was clear to me these are two completely different receivers. Funchess is much more fluid in his movements, relies less on his height to achieve his objective. He runs more like smaller slot receiver. There were no team drills today, so my observations are limited to positional drills. I can tell you that Funchess caught every catchable ball that came his way, sometimes in athletic fashion. (More about that in All-Pro). His eyes in all of my shots of him are clearly fixated on the ball, a skill that other more experienced players on the roster still have trouble with. Overall, and yes I know this is early, I can definitely see Funchess as the opening day #2 receiver. But you know what? Here is the shocker.... I could see him as an eventual number one as well with Kelvin Benjamin being the second receiver. Funchess looks every bit as good at this rookie camp as Kelvin did last year at his. There is still a long way to go, but this initial look was very encouraging.
  13. Here are some general thoughts and musings on how day one of the Carolina Panthers 2015 rookie camp went down in no particular order... Yes, Devin Funchess appears to be worth that first round grade Dave Gettleman tagged him at. I understand why people want to compare him to Kelvin, but when they see him on the field they won't ever again. He is much more of an athlete than Kelvin is. I don't mean that as a knock on Kelvin at all. Benjamin uses his size and length as his main weapon while Funchess appears to use his legs. He is sneaky quick. Funchess and Benjamin are two completely different types of receivers. Devin caught everything that was catchable in the team drills. A few balls were very poorly thrown, and somehow he was still able to get a hand on them, a major accomplishment in itself. I was actually more impressed with David Mayo than Shaq Thompson as far as the linebackers go. Of course, Mayo stayed mainly at the middle linebacker spot where he is most comfortable. Shaq definitely has more of a learning curve ahead of him in the Panthers defense. Mayo didn't have a perfect day and did get burned in coverage a couple of times, which is concerning. Still, I feel he had the better performance of the two. Unfortunate Shaq could not get in on the team drills due to injury. Maybe that is where he would shine. Damiere Byrd had the best play of the day, a gorgeous one handed grab over Corey Trim. I really like this Byrd kid and am excited to see more of what he can do in camp. UDFA Garry Peters out of Clemson also looks like he could push for a roster spot early. He made more than one really nice play on the ball and a nice strip on a ball that would have been a touchdown. Keep an eye on this, he could change the roster up a bit. Daryl Williams so far looks to be a real keeper. Its funny how obvious a true tackle is to spot now that we haven't seen one in a while. This kid has a future. Compared to the performance of David Foucault last year, he already looks like a 3 year veteran. Not sure why people say Cameron Artis-Payne is a "bowling ball" or is compared to Tolbert. He looks and plays nothing like Tolbert. Truth be known, his performance today reminded me of the first day of the old #34 back when he was second string to Desean Foster. His game resembles Deangelo's much more than Tolbert's. He had a few really nice quick shifts at the line today and found the hole quickly. That was encouraging. The quarterbacks this year have been.... bad. I mean.... really bad. I feel sorry for the receivers trying to make a name for themselves on such little opportunity to begin with, much less the fact that the ball is no where near them.
  14. Another Carolina Panthers draft weekend has come and gone, and there is much to be discussed. I realize not everyone spends their weekend watching the draft, so here are the important beats for you in case you are cornered at the office watercooler by folks wanting your opinion on the draft. View image | gettyimages.com Round 1 - Shaq Thompson - LB - Washington The Panthers selected a linebacker in round 1? Yes, yes they did, and here is why... Last season the Panthers defense improved dramatically when they put safety Colin Jones in at the nickel position. When a safety drops down to nickel, the Panthers call is Buffalo (think buffalo nickel is a large nickel). They love this defensive package so much that they ran it 80% of the time in the 2014 playoffs. The downside, however, was Colin Jones being not too great against the run. Enter Shaq Thompson. If you had to draw on paper a guy that would be absolutely perfect in that Buffalo spot, you would draw Shaq. A tackling machine at the line against the run, and able to cover as well. This will allow the Panthers to defend well against the run and the pass without making as many substitutions. Shaq Thompson will change how the Panthers approach a game defensively, and you can't ask for more than that from a first round selection. He will start. View image | gettyimages.com Round 2 - Devin Funchess - WR - Michigan The Panthers traded their 3rd and 6th round selections to move up in the second round where they grabbed Devin Funchess. Funchess is roughly the same size as Kelvin Benjamin. The trade happened because Panthers GM Dave Gettleman had Funchess ranked as a first round selection and didn't think he would last until the Panthers pick. Having Benjamin, Funchess, and Greg Olsen together on the field will present a real issue for opposing defenses. One can't help but think that this combination was formed to combat Seattle and their tall secondary, possibly getting the Panthers over the hump and into the NFC Championship. View image | gettyimages.com Round 4 - Daryl Williams - OT - Oklahoma Once again the Panthers trade up, this time costing them a 5th and a 7th round selection. Daryle Williams is known as a massive road grading tackle. He is 327 pounds of nasty attitude on the field. Look for the Panthers to initially put him in at right tackle with the possibility of moving him to the left later in his career. This season he will play next to Trai Turner where they will be the best run blocking right side the Panthers have seen in years. Improving the run game ultimately is the best way to protect QB Cam Newton. If Newton is not caught in 3rd and long situations frequently, defenses cannot aggressively pass rush him as often. Last season Newton faced an ungodly number of 3rd and longs, and paid the price physically. Williams will go a long way in remedying that. image credit Jon Shapley Round 5a - David Mayo - LB - Texas State Another linebacker? Sure enough. Mayo was a highly productive middle linebacker at Texas State, which is the number one thing David Gettleman looks for in late round prospects. He isn't as concerned with 40 times or cone drills as other GMs. This is how the Panthers landed Bene Benwikere and Tre Boston last season. Production, production, production. Mayo will initially play on special teams, an area of great need. Last season the Panthers special teams unity cost them games. Mayo will be given the opportunity to earn a backup role to Luke Kuechly. For Mayo to come into the Panthers and learn behind the greatest middle linebacker in the NFL is an ideal situation for him. Should he develop into a solid middle linebacker he will become trade material for the Panthers. View image | gettyimages.com Round 5b - Cameron Artis-Payne - RB - Auburn Dave Gettleman told us he would be drafting a running back, and he was true to his word. Artis-Payne has decent size (5'10 and 212lbs) and nice footwork. He seems to hit the open holes quickly, something Deangelo Williams struggled with the past few seasons. Payne becomes the closest thing to Jonathan Stewart on the roster and earns an instant roster spot because of that fact. Not to be lost in the mix, Artis-Payne is also solid in pass protection, something that is a requirement in the Panthers single back formations. So why all the trades? Many Panther fans were extremely excited with the prospect of 9 total draft picks this season. Dave Gettleman? Not so much. Because of the huge success from last year's draft, Gettleman knew that the likelihood of 9 rookies making this year's Carolina Panthers team was slim to none. Solution? Trade up, target your guys, and come away with 5 solid players that will make the team. Don't worry, this is not Marty Hurney being loosey goosey with the draft picks, this is Dave Gettleman calculating and executing. Big difference. In short.... bup bup bup bup bup.
  15. Here are some general thoughts and musings on how day one of the Carolina Panthers 2015 rookie camp went down in no particular order... Yes, Devin Funchess appears to be worth that first round grade Dave Gettleman tagged him at. I understand why people want to compare him to Kelvin, but when they see him on the field they won't ever again. He is much more of an athlete than Kelvin is. I don't mean that as a knock on Kelvin at all. Benjamin uses his size and length as his main weapon while Funchess appears to use his legs. He is sneaky quick. Funchess and Benjamin are two completely different types of receivers. Devin caught everything that was catchable in the team drills. A few balls were very poorly thrown, and somehow he was still able to get a hand on them, a major accomplishment in itself. I was actually more impressed with David Mayo than Shaq Thompson as far as the linebackers go. Of course, Mayo stayed mainly at the middle linebacker spot where he is most comfortable. Shaq definitely has more of a learning curve ahead of him in the Panthers defense. Mayo didn't have a perfect day and did get burned in coverage a couple of times, which is concerning. Still, I feel he had the better performance of the two. Unfortunate Shaq could not get in on the team drills due to injury. Maybe that is where he would shine. Damiere Byrd had the best play of the day, a gorgeous one handed grab over Corey Trim. I really like this Byrd kid and am excited to see more of what he can do in camp. UDFA Garry Peters out of Clemson also looks like he could push for a roster spot early. He made more than one really nice play on the ball and a nice strip on a ball that would have been a touchdown. Keep an eye on this, he could change the roster up a bit. Daryl Williams so far looks to be a real keeper. Its funny how obvious a true tackle is to spot now that we haven't seen one in a while. This kid has a future. Compared to the performance of David Foucault last year, he already looks like a 3 year veteran. Not sure why people say Cameron Artis-Payne is a "bowling ball" or is compared to Tolbert. He looks and plays nothing like Tolbert. Truth be known, his performance today reminded me of the first day of the old #34 back when he was second string to Desean Foster. His game resembles Deangelo's much more than Tolbert's. He had a few really nice quick shifts at the line today and found the hole quickly. That was encouraging. The quarterbacks this year have been.... bad. I mean.... really bad. I feel sorry for the receivers trying to make a name for themselves on such little opportunity to begin with, much less the fact that the ball is no where near them. View full article
  16. Today I had the opportunity to get a look at the newest Panthers wide receiver, second rounder Devin Funchess, at Panthers rookie camp. Devin strolled into his first practice as a NFL player like he had been there before, having some fun with NC State guard Zach Allen. Lots of comparisons will be made between Kelvin Benjamin and Funchess this season, but right away it was clear to me these are two completely different receivers. Funchess is much more fluid in his movements, relies less on his height to achieve his objective. He runs more like smaller slot receiver. There were no team drills today, so my observations are limited to positional drills. I can tell you that Funchess caught every catchable ball that came his way, sometimes in athletic fashion. (More about that in All-Pro). His eyes in all of my shots of him are clearly fixated on the ball, a skill that other more experienced players on the roster still have trouble with. Overall, and yes I know this is early, I can definitely see Funchess as the opening day #2 receiver. But you know what? Here is the shocker.... I could see him as an eventual number one as well with Kelvin Benjamin being the second receiver. Funchess looks every bit as good at this rookie camp as Kelvin did last year at his. There is still a long way to go, but this initial look was very encouraging. View full article
×
×
  • Create New...