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On 2/5/2019 at 8:56 AM, Khyber53 said:

It's hard to be the big receiver when the QB is struggling to get the ball more than 15 yards down the field. And during all of this, he never once threw Cam under the bus. He did have a couple of crucial drops, but he had some crucial catches, too.

We have to look at last season as an outlier. Cam wasn't at his best (let's face it, Cam's long game has been one of the best in the league) and to adjust for his limits CMC, Samuel and Moore were the best targets. All three of those guys really shined and made the most of what Cam could give them. Funchess, however, outperformed the other receivers on the roster with the possible exception of Jarius Wright. 

Carolina needs a good WR3 who is familiar with the season and can be a big target. He doesn't have to be fast, he just has to be willing to fight for the ball and maybe throw a "legal" pick or two. Basically the role that Ricky Proehl used to provide for us. I think Funchess is still the best one for that job and the right contract could benefit both parties for years to come.

There's no doubt that Moore and Samuel didn't just make the case for, but locked down the starting receiver positions. Keep Funchess, who is still quite young, and you could have your receivers set for the next three to four years at good rates and great returns. Going out and shopping for just that guy, though, could get expensive and frustrating fast.

IMO, our top three receivers for next season in no particular order are Moore, Wright, and Samuel.  Only question is who will be the reserves.  It won't be Funchess, and Smith will likely be cut unless he signs with us again for significantly less money.  We might pick up at least one bigger guy.  Hopefully one that cost less with better hands.  The real question irt the current roster is will they bring back Byrd.  He is a decent receiver, and our best return guy, but just can't stay healthy.

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13 hours ago, luke nukem said:

hi did you watch the Detroit game?

I did and it was terrible, especially Funchess' part in it. I'm trying to balance that one against the previous years' performances. His play really did fall off this year overall, but I think that we have to at least give a nod to the extenuating circumstances caused by Cam's bad shoulder.

It doesn't negate the drop off in play, but it can explain some of it. I'd hate to see us lose a guy because of an off year only to find out he was on the cusp of doing some great stuff. And if we had to ditch everyone that performed poorly last season, we'd lose about 75% of the roster.

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13 hours ago, Davidson Deac II said:

IMO, our top three receivers for next season in no particular order are Moore, Wright, and Samuel.  Only question is who will be the reserves.  It won't be Funchess, and Smith will likely be cut unless he signs with us again for significantly less money.  We might pick up at least one bigger guy.  Hopefully one that cost less with better hands.  The real question irt the current roster is will they bring back Byrd.  He is a decent receiver, and our best return guy, but just can't stay healthy.

Significantly less than $5 mil per year for a veteran with years of experience and production? I don't know about that. May as well cut him now then.

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3 hours ago, Khyber53 said:

I did and it was terrible, especially Funchess' part in it. I'm trying to balance that one against the previous years' performances. His play really did fall off this year overall, but I think that we have to at least give a nod to the extenuating circumstances caused by Cam's bad shoulder.

It doesn't negate the drop off in play, but it can explain some of it. I'd hate to see us lose a guy because of an off year only to find out he was on the cusp of doing some great stuff. And if we had to ditch everyone that performed poorly last season, we'd lose about 75% of the roster.

If I'm not mistaken, this isn't the first year Funchess finished among the league leaders in drop percentage...  it has nothing to do with Cam's injury.  He has had problems with drops since college...  and he's done here.

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21 minutes ago, Proudiddy said:

If I'm not mistaken, this isn't the first year Funchess finished among the league leaders in drop percentage...  it has nothing to do with Cam's injury.  He has had problems with drops since college...  and he's done here.

You're probably right, but I like the kid. It is a what have you done for me lately league, though, and there are literally thousands of young men waiting in line behind him for a chance to play WR in the NFL. I imagine there will be some contract talk between Devin and the Panthers and if he isn't willing to take a serious pay cut, then he will be released. 

It's always a good market for WRs with starting experience out there, particularly one as young as he is. If he doesn't stay here, he'll land a spot early on. (Probably with the Patriots, they seem to poach a lot from the NFCSouth.)

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