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When Devin Funchess signed a 1-year, $13 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts earlier this offseason, the contract was generally viewed as a somewhat high price tag. However, after seeing what Colts head coach Frank Reich did with Eric Ebron last year, it's not a stretch to say Funchess could have a breakout season.
Last year at this time Reich called Eric Ebron an "elite tight end," and got laughed at. Ebron went on to score 14 TDs. Reich on Devin Funchess: https://t.co/rG05t3dO74— Evan Silva (@evansilva) March 26, 2019
These comments bode well for Funchess' future with the Colts, as Reich is showing the same confidence in him that he conveyed with Ebron last offseason.
Ebron was in danger of becoming a bust after spending four underwhelming seasons with the Detroit Lions. In his time in Detroit, Ebron never tallied over 725 receiving yards in a single season, and never caught more than five touchdowns. But in his first season with the Colts, Ebron amassed 750 yards, 11 touchdowns and arguably looked like one of the best tight ends in football.
Funchess had an up-and-down tenure with the Carolina Panthers, but if Reich can work his magic with the Michigan product, he could be in for a huge year. In Carolina, Funchess never tallied more than 850 yards, and never caught more than eight touchdowns, if history repeats itself, that could all change with the Colts.
Funchess is a perfect compliment to the Colts' other playmakers, Ebron and T.Y. Hilton. Hilton specializes as a deep threat, which could take a lot of defensive attention away from Funchess, allowing him to do damage on intermediate routes and in the red zone.
Is Devin Funchess a red zone monster? pic.twitter.com/3tzbTxS9nT— Quarterback Film Room (@QBFilmRoom) March 21, 2019
We haven't even mentioned Andrew Luck yet, who could be an upgrade over Cam Newton. While Newton is undeniably a good quarterback, he's a little inconsistent as a passer. Meanwhile, Andrew Luck, posted arguably the best season of his career under Reich, throwing for 39 touchdowns (2nd in the NFL) and 4,593 yards (5th in the NFL).
Overall, it looks like Funchess could be in for a big season with the Colts. If he develops the same way that Ebron did, Funchess could be a late-round steal when fantasy football drafts roll around.
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