Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Devin Funchess (11) misses a pass against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Devin Funchess experiment at wide receiver is over. When the Detroit Lions signed the former Michigan star on Tuesday, they immediately switched him to his original position of tight end.

Funchess was one of the best tight ends in the country coming out of college but was switched to wide receiver when he played for the Carolina Panthers. Now they’re hoping he can recapture the magic from those days.

Funchess has been injured most of his time in the NFL. He hasn’t played since 2019 when he broke his collarbone with the Indianapolis Colts. He then signed with the Green Packers in 2020 but opted out the year because of COVID. Last season, he was injured again.

The Wolverines player was selected in the second round by the Panthers and was part of their Super Bowl run back in 2015. His best year came in 2017 when he caught 63 passes for 840 yards and 8 touchdowns, but since then, injuries have hit him hard. However, it looks like he’ll get another chance thanks to the Lions.

Perhaps playing in his backyard will make a difference, not to mention that he’s going back to a position he is very familiar with.

Funchess was named to the second-team All-Big Ten twice while in college (2013, 2014) and many thought he would be a can’t-miss prospect. Maybe this time, he won’t miss.


About Stacey Mickles

Stacey is a 1995 graduate of the University of Alabama who has previously worked for other publications such as Sportskeeda and Saturday Down South.