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The 49ers on Wednesday announced a couple practice squad moves, including the addition of wide receiver Devin Funchess which was originally reported by NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero on Tuesday afternoon. They also added cornerback Luq Barcoo and released wide receiver Austin Watkins.
Funchess was a second-round pick of the Panthers in the 2015 draft and actually had a little success with Carolina. In four seasons he played in 61 games and caught 161 passes for 2,233 yards and 21 touchdowns. He spent just one game with the Colts in 2019 and hasn’t played in a regular season game since. At 6-4, 225 pounds he brings unique size at a position where the 49ers could use some in-house depth.
Barcoo had a pre-draft visit with the 49ers in 2020, but ultimately landed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent. He played in three games with one start last season and racked up 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup. He was released by the Jaguars in August and spent some time on the Cardinals practice squad. In college at San Diego State Barcoo had 10 interceptions and 20 pass breakups in 22 games.
The 49ers originally added Watkins as an undrafted rookie this year and released him during camp. He was re-signed to the practice squad, but let go again to make room for the veteran Funchess.