The Colts got some bad news on the injury front, as receiver Devin Funchess broke his collarbone. Here’s what the injury means for the team moving forward.
Jacoby Brissett needs more receivers to throw to, not less. Unfortunately, he has one less because Devin Funchess broke his collarbone on Sunday late in the game. Now he is out for an extended period of time, and no timetable has been set for his return.
Losing their number two receiver after opening week is a big blow. Funchess actually had some solid catches in traffic and is the biggest receiver the Colts have. Now they lose a big red zone target and a guy who can catch jump balls in one-on-one situations.
Now they have to replace him. The most obvious guy to step up is Parris Campbell. Campbell had a disappointing debut on Sunday, only catching one pass for one yard. He did have a nice run on an end around, but those were his only two opportunities with the ball.
Campbell should get a better chance to see the ball with Funchess now out. It also could mean Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle get more involved. Doyle only caught one ball for 20 yards. He should be utilized more as a solid pass catcher because he still has great hands.
T.Y. Hilton will have to do even more as well. He was great on Sunday, catching 8 balls for 87 yards and 2 touchdowns. It’s hard for him to do much better. But he will continue to be a big part of this passing game moving forward and is still a great downfield threat.
The running game will also be big. They are fantastic on Sunday. Marlon Mack ran for 174 yards. If they keep doing that, they won’t lose many more games. Sticking with the run game like that will help alleviate some stress in the passing game.
Hopefully Funchess can get back on the field as soon as possible. But right now, the Colts have the tools to replace him.