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NFL Free Agency: Indianapolis Colts add WR Devin Funchess

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Devin Funchess

Why did the Colts sign Funchess?

Not unlike the Titans – who just signed Adam Humphries – the Colts are in dire need of receivers. T.Y. Hilton is a fantastic number one option, but behind him, the Colts struggled. The resurgence of Eric Ebron helped revolutionize Andrew Luck’s career. But as teams start to double Ebron and figure out favorable match ups, Luck will need another target. Hilton is the speed threat that stretches the field, and adding Funchess gives the Colts an option underneath and in the red zone. Funchess will be the Colts tallest receiver, measuring 6-foot-4, 225 pounds.

What can Funchess bring to the Colts?

This move is all about the lack of able bodies in the Colts receiving corps. Funchess’ presence alone will make those around him better. Andrew Luck now has a big-bodied receiver he can utilize in the red zone. I expect the Colts to use Funchess exclusively outside and to use his height for jump balls around the goal line. Funchess is not the best route runner, but he is able to use his frame to box out receivers on comeback routes and curls. Funchess, Ebron and Hilton give Andrew Luck a three-headed receiving threat. The biggest issue for Funchess is his tendency to drop passes. Last year, he dropped 11 passes – the most in the NFL. He will need to reduce these numbers in 2019.

What does signing Funchess mean for the Colts? 

Considering the money, I think the Colts made this NFL free agency move to make a playoff push next year. Giving $13 million to a third or fourth receiver means Indianapolis is in win now mode.

That being said, I like this move for the Colts. Funchess provides veteran presence and a large frame for Luck. He relieves pressure from Hilton and Ebron, and adds a red zone threat. Funchess, evident by the tweet above, believes he is joining a Super Bowl contender.

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