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Carolina Panthers’ Devin Funchess, pass-catching teammates showing they will be tough to defend

Carolina Panthers receiver Devin Funchess, left, hauls in a touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Newton as safety Tre Boston defends during Thursday’s practice in Spartanburg.
Carolina Panthers receiver Devin Funchess, left, hauls in a touchdown pass from quarterback Cam Newton as safety Tre Boston defends during Thursday’s practice in Spartanburg. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

It seems as though Devin Funchess and Kelvin Benjamin are swapping honors on who gets the catch of the day at Panthers’ training camp.

Thursday , it was Funchess’ turn.

The second-year receiver caught a touchdown pass from Cam Newton going against safety Tre Boston in the play of the day.

Funchess thought the next play would go to receiver Damiere Byrd, but when they lined up, he noticed Boston was matched against him.

“We look for a certain coverage,” Funchess explained. “They were in the coverage, so it was a one-on-one with me and the safety. I just had to go get on my high horse and go get it.”

At 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5, Funchess and Benjamin promise to be a tough cover for most defenses. Benjamin had 1,008 yards in his rookie season and Funchess totaled 473 yards last season. But it doesn’t stop there.

“Yesterday it was a nasty lineup,” Funchess said. “Me, him, Ted (Ginn Jr.) and Greg (Olsen). They got to double somebody.

“Cam missed it, but we ran it back and (Benjamin) still was open. It’s going to be difficult for the defenses to see what’s really going on.”

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