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Jarrett Boykin

Panthers confident Funchess can thrive as team's new No. 1 receiver

SPARTANBURG, S.C. On the day he became the Carolina Panthers' de facto No. 1 wide receiver, Devin Funchess wore a white, floppy hat, had a wrap around his right leg and spent all of the two-hour practice on the sideline. A hamstring injury has interrupted Funchess' learning process until next week, when it will resume in earnest. Kelvin Benjamin's season-ending knee injury Wednesday left Funchess as the top candidate to take over Benjamin's spot as the X receiver. Panthers tight end Greg Olsen said that's a lot to put on a rookie, even though Benjamin thrived in that role last season. But Funchess, the second-round pick from Michigan, was already thinking big...

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