Devin Funchess looking to build on last season in contract year

The moment the Panthers traded Kelvin Benjamin was the moment Devin Funchess took over as the team’s No. 1 receiver. In the eight games following the trade, Funchess had 483 yards and averaged 16.1 yards per catch while playing the X.

The former second-round pick enters the final year of his rookie deal looking to prove he can do it for a season.

What was a hunch last week has become a reality. The NFL, despite a reputation for meting out discipline without compromise, reached a compromise with Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston, giving him a three-game suspension in exchange for an agreement not to appeal and to apologize generally to the victim for whatever it is that he did.

Every year there’s more and more data that gives insight into how we can play safer and improve the game, Bailey said, via the Dallas Morning News. So, I get it and I’m all for guys playing safe because it means they are going to have long careers. You want everyone to play as long as they can. I think it’s just part of the game now. We’ve got so much data and everything is tracked. It’s good to implement what you can to make everybody safer.

However, Bailey said the rules changes, designed to result in fewer high-speed collisions, could lead to more kickoff returns and potentially more chances for injuries.

More returns could be an unintended consequence of the new rules, Bailey said. If eight members of the return team have to be lined up within 15 yards of the spot of kickoff, what’s to keep the kicker from just popping it right over the top? That could be dangerous. Not maybe a concussion, but guys being in a scrum trying to get to a popped-up ball and maybe getting an ankle rolled.

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