Bucs Humphries The Hidden Hero

Tampa, FL – Expected…is Tampa Bay’s offense to be high scoring and explosive. All Pro receivers Mike Evans and Desean Jackson will provide big play ability for quarterback Jameis Winston. While TE Cameron Brate and rookie TE O.J. Howard will consistently move the chains. Jammed up in the line up is 3rd year wide receiver Adam Humphries.

Humphries signed by Tampa Bay as a college free agent out of Clemson on May 11, 2015. During his time in the NFL Has played in 28 games, with four starts, catching 82 passes for 882 yards and three touchdowns, while returning 24 punts for 237 yards. He has proven to be super dependable and reliable which makes him a consistent target for Winston.

While at Clemson, Humphries was a permanent co-captain as a senior playing in 53 games with 27 starts, totaling 127 receptions for 1,097 yards (8.6 avg.) and three touchdowns. He is currently tied for the fourth-most games played in school history.

Last season with Tampa Bay Adam had 55 receptions for 622 yards and two touchdowns. Had a career-high and arguably his best game in January of the 2017 season recording 10 receptions against Carolina for 94 yards.

He’s not the biggest standing 5 foot 11 inches and 195 pounds. He’s not the fastest as the Bucs have some players on the roster with electric speed. He just “Does.” Just does his job…catches the football and keeps the offense on the field.

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter had this to say when asked about wide receiver Adam Humphries earlier in training camp, “Solid. Everyone tries to beat Adam down: ‘He’s not a quality player.’ Adam’s been a quality player since he got here and continues to be. He’s a little bit under appreciated, maybe. That guy’s a good football player.”

That’s what we have observed and feel over the past few years and this year during training camps. Though ever receiver on the Bucs training camp roster may be more talented, agile, faster and explosive, none are more sure-handed or dependable. Expect Humphries to top his 55 catches from a season ago…this season. Having Jackson and Evans demanding most of the attention from the opponents sure free up Humphries to to be the recipient of a lot of balls from the Bucs passers.