Much like the Packers have strong depth at guard, it’s a similar story at wide receiver. With five receivers roster locks, it leaves potentially only one more spot on the 53-man roster. And there’s no shortage of competition for the final roster spot.
Veteran Devin Funchess is among the receivers competing. He’s the most experienced and has plenty to offer the Packers offense. Funchess played well in the Family Night scrimmage and was the Packers’ best receiver in the preseason opener with six catches for 70 yards. He didn’t feature in the second preseason game due to injury.
Funchess offers experience but he faces competition from Malik Taylor, Juwann Winfree, and Equanimeous St. Brown.
What potentially hurts Funchess the most is that he hasn’t played special teams often in his career. According to Pro Football Reference, he’s played on six special-teams snaps in six seasons. Compare that to Taylor, who played on almost half of the Packers’ special-teams snaps a year ago.
Maybe the Packers can make room for Funchess even if he doesn’t play on special teams. Rookie receiver Amari Rodgers likely will be featured often on special teams.
If Funchess isn’t set to make the 53, perhaps another team would consider trading for the former Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver.