We continue our breakout series by moving outside to the receivers. Which of them are poised for a breakout year?
Receivers are one of the most exciting players on the field. They can break a big play at anytime with their incredible speed and shiftiness. The Colts were lacking players on the outside with both of those traits until this offseason, where they upgraded their unit.
T.Y. Hilton has been the best receiver on the team since he was drafted in 2012. But he is being double teamed because the Colts don’t have any other threats outside. That changes now, especially with the breakout candidate for this position group.
That candidate is Devin Funchess. He has always had the talent to put up big numbers. He just hasn’t been able to put it all together since he’s been in the league. But having other weapons around him to take the pressure off could help him a lot.
Funchess will likely be the number two option on the outside opposite Hilton with rookie Parris Campbell in the slot. Having a quarterback like Andrew Luck should help Funchess unlock his potential. He needs to, as he is only one a one-year deal with Indy.
Should Funchess breakout, the Colts are in really good position. He isn’t a weapon that defenses have to scheme for right now because of his past play in Carolina. But now Luck has options to spread the ball around, so Funchess will get more opportunities to catch the ball.
Funchess is one of the candidates that can be a difference maker on the offense. If he plays to his potential, this team will go far in the playoffs.