Lions Recap: Devin Funchess Makes Good Case for Roster

Devin Funchess


Devin Funchess celebrates a catch in 2021.

The Detroit Lions started off another preseason with their lone home game of the slate, and the positives seemed to outweigh the negatives in spite of a 27-23 loss.

Offensively, the team was able to move the ball with the first team which culminated in a quick touchdown. Defensively, the Lions had some of their usual problems getting off the field on third down and giving up chunk plays as well as not being able to hold up in crunch time.

Beyond the scope of the game, though, the focus turns to players trying to make a case for themselves for roster inclusion. One such player is tight end Devin Funchess, a former University of Michigan player.

Funchess was given a chance to compete for a job on his hometown team and Friday night, he made the most of it. Early in the game, Funchess hauled in a touchdown pass to give the Lions a lead, showing his ability to post up in the end zone:

Later on, Funchess continued to show off, making plays with his legs and showing his hurdling ability:

All-told, Funchess would finish with yards and 1 touchdown. The Lions have to like his versatility in terms of being able to play tight end and wide receiver. He offers the offense something different, and a potential matchup nightmare given his size.

It’s a small sample size, but Funchess should like where he stands after this performance. As of now, he should have an inside track in the tight end battle.

What happens next remains to be seen, but Funchess looks good for the roster already after the first game.