49ers signing former Packers WR Devin Funchess to practice squad

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A former member of the Green Bay Packers is landing in San Francisco with the 49ers. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the 49ers are signing former Packers receiver Devin Funchess to the team’s practice squad.

Funchess was in San Francisco for a tryout on Tuesday, per the league’s transaction wire.

The Packers signed Funchess to a one-year deal in 2020, but the veteran receiver opted out of the season over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. He returned this past offseason and participated during training camp with the Packers, but he suffered a hamstring injury and was placed on injured reserve on Aug. 25. The team released him from injured reserve with a settlement two days later.

Funchess looked like an effective player during the preseason opener for the Packers, catching six passes on seven targets for 70 yards on 22 routes run against the Houston Texans.

Getting healthy and having experience in Matt LaFleur’s offense likely appealed to the 49ers, who run a similar style of scheme under Kyle Shanahan.

Funchess, still 27, hasn’t played in a regular season game since the 2019 season. He caught 164 passes for 2,265 yards and 21 touchdowns over 62 games, mostly with the Carolina Panthers. He was a second-round pick in the 2015 draft.

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