Devin Funchess Explains Why He Chose The Colts In Free Agency
Joe Robbins | Getty Images
INDIANAPOLIS – Social media is not a hobby of Devin Funchess and he is not eager to talk much about his past.
Funchess made it clear early on Thursday afternoon, after putting pen to paper on a new 1-year contract with the Colts, that he’s coming to Indianapolis for a specific reason.
The 24-year-old wideout sees a team knocking on the Super Bowl door.
And if that team success comes to fruition in 2019, Funchess believes the prove-it deal inked on Thursday will lead to his own individual security in the NFL.
“I picked Indy because I felt as if the team was ready to go to the next level and I felt that my abilities could help take us to the Super Bowl,” he said after signing a 1-year deal with the Colts.
“I felt as if they were good for my skillset and they were ready to take it to the next level. My whole thing is if we go get that Super Bowl, everything else will take care of itself. I just wanted to go to the best team that had a chance to win the Super Bowl.”
For a second straight year, Funchess has a chance to prove himself as now the Colts get a chance to tap into the potential that saw the 6-4 and 225-pound wideout be selected in the second round of the 2014 Draft.
Funchess’ skillset gives the Colts something they’ve been looking for at the receiver position.
“A guy who is a bigger body,” Funchess said on Thursday when asked to describe his game. “I have exceptional feet. I’m versatile. You can put me inside, outside. On the playbook portion, I feel I could pick up on the playbook very well.”
Route running, particularly for a guy his size, is a strength for Funchess.
Catching the football has not been though.
One metric had Funchess with the worst drop rate in the NFL last season.
On Thursday, the young receiver made it clear that he wouldn’t be talking about those issues.
“It’s always something you can get better on,” Funchess said of the drops. “As a person, nobody is ever perfect…I’m going to try my best every time that ball comes to me to catch that ball and do something with it.”
When asked about what contributed to the high drop rate in 2018, Funchess said he’s moved on.
“I don’t even remember last season,” the University of Michigan product said. “Today is March 14th, I’m not worried about all of that. All of that stuff is in the past. I don’t live in the past. I live for the day.”
And Thursday saw Funchess start a new chapter with the Colts.
A day that, as Funchess puts it, gives ‘another toy’ to Andrew Luck as that duo and the Colts push towards the ultimate goal.
“I’m just here to contribute and make sure we get to the next level and get that Super Bowl ring,” Funchess reiterated. “That’s my main goal. I believe Andrew Luck is ready and the rest of the team is ready. I’m just here to use my abilities for the team.”