Funchess has been released by the Lions, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: When healthy, the 28-year-old Funchess still has something left in the tank, and he started the preseason strong by showing his value as a red-zone threat. However, a mid-August shoulder stinger curbed his momentum and Funchess was ultimately unable to do enough to earn a roster spot in Detroit. The Lions will presumably move forward with Brock Wright, James Mitchell and Shane Zylstra as depth behind T.J. Hockenson.
Aug 29, 2022 3:06 PM EST
Funchess (shoulder) did not play in Saturday's preseason win over the Colts, Benjamin Raven of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Funchess hurt his shoulder in Wednesday's practice, and an extended absence will probably damage the strong case he had been making for a roster spot. We will see if he can return to the field in advance of the preseason finale Aug. 28 in Pittsburgh.
Aug 21, 2022 12:19 PM EST
Funchess left Wednesday's practice with a shoulder injury, but according to head coach Dan Campbell it's just a stinger, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: Funchess could return to practice Thursday, but even if he's unable to, it doesn't appear to be an injury that will force Funchess to miss extended time. The 28-year-old is currently competing for a spot at tight end, and was able to grab a touchdown in the Lions' preseason loss to the Falcons on Friday.
Aug 18, 2022 9:56 AM EST
Funchess left Wednesday's practice with an apparent shoulder injury, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: The severity of the injury is unclear, but it puts Funchess' status for Saturday's preseason game against the Colts in jeopardy. Since joining the Lions in June, the 28-year-old pass catcher has been making the transition from receiver to tight end, where he's been competing for a roster spot with rookie James Mitchell and Shane Zylstra. However, Funchess' case strengthened after he caught the only receiving touchdown for Detroit during last Friday's preseason opener against Atlanta. To maximize the veteran's chances of making the team, he'll need positive news on the health front regarding the shoulder issue, which forced him out of Wednesday's practice.
Aug 17, 2022 1:07 PM EST
Funchess caught four of four targets for 19 yards and one touchdown during Friday's preseason opener against Atlanta.
Analysis: Funchess didn't get much work with the first-team offense, but the 6-foot-4 former wide receiver found pay dirt on a back-corner fade on a pass from Tim Boyle just before halftime. Funchess then gained first downs on two more catches later on, the first of which included a broken tackle and the second involved the 27-year-old hurdling a defender. While Funchess probably remains firmly on the roster bubble, his effectiveness as a short-range receiving weapon could give the Lions something to think about when it comes time for roster cuts.
Aug 13, 2022 7:38 AM EST
Funchess is competing for a back-end roster spot, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Analysis: Head coach Dan Campbell reportedly said that he's looking to carry three tight ends on the game-day roster, specifically a blocker to complement T.J. Hockenson plus an all-purpose option behind them. With Brock Wright and Garrett Griffin the clear options competing for the blocking role, Funchess is seemingly left to compete with fifth-round rookie James Mitchell and Shane Zylstra for the other opening. While Mitchell is probably the favorite given the investment Detroit made in him, the 2015 second-round pick in Funchess could make a name for himself with a strong preseason.
Aug 9, 2022 4:28 PM EST
Funchess signed a contract with the Lions on Tuesday.
Analysis: Funchess was released from IR by the Packers with an injury settlement in August last year and joined the 49ers' practice squad shortly before being cut with an injury designation. Now healthy, the 28-year-old will look to carve out a role in Detroit, though he may have an uphill battle to make the roster seeing as he hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2019.
Jun 14, 2022 1:45 PM EST
Funchess (undisclosed) was cut from the 49ers' practice squad injured list Monday.
Analysis: Funchess had been sidelined since last Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury, and he'll now be forced to seek out other opportunities. The 27-year-old hasn't appeared in a regular-season game since 2019.
Dec 6, 2021 2:53 PM EST
Funchess (undisclosed) was placed on the 49ers' practice squad injured list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Funches joined San Francisco's practice squad last week, and it didn't take long for him to go down with an injury. The 27-year-old dealt with a hamstring injury in training camp with the Packers before being released off injured reserve, though it's unclear if he aggravated that injury or if he's dealing with a new issue.
Nov 30, 2021 10:45 PM EST
Funchess was added to the 49ers' practice squad Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The 27-year-old has yet to play this season after reaching an injury settlement with the Packers in the preseason. Now healed from a hamstring injury, Funchess will look to provide depth at wide receiver for the 49ers. He has only appeared in one game since 2018, making three catches for 32 yards in a contest with the Colts in 2019. Funchess signed with the Packers in 2020 but sat out the season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nov 23, 2021 3:01 PM EST
Funchess (hamstring) has been let go from IR by the Packers with an injury settlement, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: It remains to be seen how close Funchess is to being able to re-take the field. However, following this move, the wideout is now free to catch on with another team once he recovers from what ESPN's Rob Demovsky previously described as a lingering hamstring injury.
Aug 27, 2021 2:37 PM EST
The Packers placed Funchess (lower) on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: The timing means he can't return this season, unless he agrees to an injury settlement and becomes a free agent again. Even if that happens, Funchess is now 27 years old and has been either injured, ineffective or opted out every season since his 840-yard, eight-TD breakout for Carolina back in 2017. It remains to be seen if he's actually dealing with a severe injury or just didn't do enough to make the Week 1 roster before suffering a less-serious injury.
Aug 25, 2021 1:06 PM EST
Funchess (lower body) will not play Saturday versus the Jets, Jason Wilde of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Funchess was a dominate force in the team's preseason opener corralling six passes for 70 yards against the Texans, but the veteran wideout had to be carted off the field Wednesday with a lower-body injury that was later deemed to not serious. Funchess is in a heated battle for one the team's final roster spots at wide receiver along with Equanimeous St. Brown and Malik Taylor.
Aug 21, 2021 1:19 PM EST
Funchess (lower body) is not participating in Thursday's practice, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Funchess had to be carted off the field after pulling up during Wednesday's practice, and while the nature and severity of his apparent injury remain undisclosed, it's not encouraging that he's absent Thursday. At the very least Funchess is trending in the wrong direction for Saturday's preseason contest against the Jets, and it's within the realm of possibility that he's dealing with a serious injury.
Aug 19, 2021 9:15 AM EST
Funchess was carted off the practice field Wednesday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Funchess is coming off an impressive preseason showing, having secured six of eight targets for 70 yards while showing chemistry with Jordan Love (shoulder), but he now appears to have suffered a potentially worrying injury. The 27-year-old opted out of the 2020 season and was only able to suit up for one game in 2019 because of a broken collarbone. For the 2021 campaign, he's facing competition from the likes of Equanimeous St. Brown, Malik Tayor and Reggie Begelton for a roster spot.
Aug 18, 2021 10:51 AM EST
Funchess caught six of eight targets for 70 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans.
Analysis: With most of the Packers' starting skill players off for the night, including Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, Funchess got a chance to make an impact with Jordan Love (shoulder) under center and he took advantage, leading all receivers in catches and yards. The 27-year-old is looking to get his career back on track after opting out of last season and playing only one game in 2019 due to a broken collarbone, and Funchess will need to continue making good impressions if he's going to win a roster spot.
Aug 15, 2021 6:29 AM EST
Funchess is not assured a spot on the Packers' roster, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com.
Analysis: Funchess has had several productive seasons since entering the league in 2015, but his last one came in 2018, so his track record only counts for so much. He opted out of last season just a few months after joining the Packers, and according to head coach Matt LaFleur, "there is a lot to learn there and (Funchess) has got to continue to grind over the summer so he can put his best foot forward come training camp." Four Packers wideouts are virtually assured of making the cut, so Funchess will need to beat out Equanimeous St. Brown and a host of other players -- or at least all but one or two receivers in that group -- to come away with a spot for Week 1.
Jul 8, 2021 9:55 AM EST
Funchess is accepting a pay cut of approximately $750,000 to stay with the Packers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Funchess opted out of the 2020 season a few months after he signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract. The deal tolls over to 2021, and the Packers apparently were ready to release him if he didn't agree to a smaller salary. Funchess will be only 27 years old for the upcoming season, but he's played in just one game since the end of 2018, bouncing from Carolina to Indianapolis to Green Bay. He may end up battling for a roster spot this summer.
Mar 9, 2021 7:04 AM EST
Funchess opted out of the 2020 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The biggest addition to the Packers' receiving corps this offseason, Funchess has elected to stay away from NFL action this year. His decision leaves the wideout group much the same as it did last season. Davante Adams will lead the way and be followed by Allen Lazard. Beyond that duo, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jake Kumerow and Equanimeous St. Brown will compete for slotting.
Jul 28, 2020 2:39 PM EST
Funchess and Allen Lazard are the leading candidates for Green Bay's No. 2 spot at wide receiver, Mike Spofford of Packers.com reports.
Analysis: Funchess signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract in March, likely expecting that his new team would add some wideout competition in the draft. The Packers instead focused on other positions, leaving Funchess, Lazard and Jake Kumerow, among others, to compete for slotting behind target hog Davante Adams. The 26-year-old Funchess had plenty of time to regain his health after a broken collarbone held him out for the final 15 games of last season with the Colts, so he should be a full participant whenever Green Bay is able to practice.
Jun 23, 2020 9:04 AM EST
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