Rivera: Devin Funchess will 'handle' Kelvin Benjamin's spot

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Panthers HC Ron Rivera says Devin Funchess’ high football IQ will soften the slope of his learning curve.

“Absolutely, that should help a lot. He is really a solid young man,” Rivera said. “He knows two positions, and obviously he’ll concentrate on Kelvin’s and work to handle that spot for us.”

“We drafted Devin Funchess for a reason and this is one of them,” Rivera said. “You want to have a big, quality receiver, and Devin gives us that still.”

Fantasy Impact: 

With Kelvin Benjamin out for the year, Funchess likely becomes the de facto WR1 for the Panthers. Provided he has a good camp, we would expect his ADP to climb into the 8th-10th range after Benjamin went in the 7th/8th as a rookie. It's unlikely that Funchess has the same type of year, but he and TE Greg Olsen will likely lead the team in targets.

Filed Under: 2015, Preseason

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