WR Adam Humphries – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The Bucs have a bona fide Pro Bowl receiver in Mike Evans.
The Bucs have a blazing speedster in newly acquired DeSean Jackson.
Cam Brate was one of the top tight ends in the NFL last season and Tampa Bay added O.J. Howard in the NFL Draft.
There are plenty of options now for quarterback Jameis Winston to throw the ball to. But someone who may have been overlooked a little by some is wide receiver Adam Humphries. And if NFL defensive coordinators decide to overlook Humphries, that is fine by him.
Bucs WR Adam Humphries – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
The confidence is the there, third year in this offense,” Humphries said. “I feel like I know the plays and I feel like I can play all three positions if needed. And just knowing the guys, and being around the players and the coaches, it adds to my comfort level. With the additions we’ve had on the offense, I think it will be a great year for me.”
Humphries spoke with PewterReport.com last Thursday following the team’s OTA practice at One Buc, and we asked him his thoughts on the speedy Jackson, and what he brings to the table.
“I mean, how old is he?” Humphries said. “He runs so smooth, take the ball he caught yesterday (deep ball over Vernon Hargreaves) he makes it look so easy. It is a blessing what he has, the way he runs. It is just fun to watch.”
When Humphries arrived in Tampa Bay as an undrafted free agent he was basically an afterthought and not many people expected him to stick, much less contribute. But contribute he has, nabbing 55 receptions for 622 yards and three touchdowns in 2017 to improve on his rookie year in which he has 27 catches for 260 yards and one score. Humphries said not only is he a better player, the entire roster talent at his position has improved dramatically.
Javien Elliott and Adam Humphries – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“Our No. 1 versus our No. 11 guy, if you watch our routes versus air, (wide receivers coach Todd) Monk does a great job of coaching us hard and making sure we are doing it the right way and I think our entire depth is really strong and it is exciting watching those guys make plays.”
Humphries, who also handled the majority of punt returns in 2016, loves his quarterback.
“I expect Jameis (Winston) to get better every year and that is exactly what he has been doing,” Humphries said. “He is feeling more comfortable in the offense, he is slinging the ball around and he is becoming more of a leader for us. And like I said, I expect him to improve every year he is in this system.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
I agree what he said;. I hope they make it happen. Go Bucs!
I like Humphries, I can’t wait to see our line up staying the season. One question for anybody, any news on Vincent Jackson?
Ive been wondering the same thing. Im torn between him and our younger options. At the very least he is a great mentor and role model who’s seen it all.
Who? That guy is DONE. Come on.
I can’t see VJAX on our team this year. If he still wants to play it will be for someone else.
If I were king of the BUCS I would do every thing in my powers to bring him in as an assistant WR coach. Organizations just can’t let quality people just walk away. I have no idea if VJAX wants something like that. But this is a very good player and person I would like to see become a BUC for a long time.
Our offense will be DANGEROUS this year. Hump has been a pleasant surprise coming in as an UFA. With our lineup, I see him being overlooked and probably wont get much attention in coverage. That should bode well for him and lead to a big year.
Maybe not a really big year, but he should slightly improve on last years numbers. Where I think he will make a bigger impact might surprisingly be in the red zone. I definitely see him getting more than 3 scores this year. Why, you ask? I’ll tell you. First of all, I think the Bucs will score a lot more points than last year, there is a chance for more scores just because of that. Then, if you are a DC, you will have to keep a close eye on Evans, Brate and Howard in the red zone. That leaves a lot less coverage for Humphries to beat and he is a good route runner with sure hands. That will make for some nice short red zone scores for him.
Hump has really proven himself in the last two years. The slot job is his to lose. He’s sure handed, good quickness getting into his routes, and he’s pretty good in punt returns. He’ll benefit greatly from DJax & Evans clearing out space for him. Plus the biggest asset is that Jameis trusts him on the field. I’ve watched Jameis for 4 years and having trust in his receivers is paramount to his success. I also like what options Godwin brings to the slot. Bigger & faster, but I think he’s better suited for the outside. Tons of options for Dirk to play around with this year, which is extremely exciting to think about for us fans.
No longer does this team enter a contest lining up with a receiving corps (other than Mike Evans), that Key Johnson might call, “flashlights”. This could well be the best arsenal of pass catchers in the entire league. Jameis has “Weapons of Pass Destruction” at his disposal. Fire the Cannons? How about, “Fire the Missiles !”
I like the Weapons of Pass destruction. Good one Scubog.
I hope that phrase catches on. Good one dude.
WPD’s? Love it!
Saw your comment at JoeBucs. They’re loving your moniker for the Bucs passing attack there too. Another scubog original. You nailed it! Why am I not surprised? Go Bucs!
Thanks for the heads up. Smart ass comments come easy for me. Hard to believe no one at Bucs Palace thought of it.
Being a smart ass is a gift.
The reason Humphries gets a lot of targets? Because the Offensive Line is below average. Winston will not have a lot of time to go down field. Therefore, check downs and short routes.
Hump… Our version of Wes Welker. I’m expecting big things from him this year too- as long as he doesn’t get the Welker Syndrome (concussion every hit or in heavy wind).
This is going to be a fun year, for sure! I agree, he’ll be targeted in the red zone and will get more than 3 TD’s. He’ll also keep drives alive on 3rd down, imo. With regards to Vincent Jackson, I wish him well and hopefully he joins the team as a goodwill ambassador if he decides to hang them up. He does a lot for the community, the team likes him, seems like a good fit. I still have his jersey!
I see Hump getting some decent reception totals this year. I mean c’mon man, who the hell arte they going to cover.
Double team Evans and Djax is open. Double team Djax and Evans, then Hump, Howard and Brate will kill you.
Single cover them all with 5 DB’s and run the ball.
Options like this are too exciting to contemplate. I see a lot of 4 receiver sets this year, which can’t get here quick enough.
On an aside, where was the Fab 5 this week?
Hard drive failure! Listen at minute 9:20 to Cook on WDAE. Enjoy the Memorial Day!
Thanks for clearing that up Mac.
“Hard Drive Failure”? Isn’t there some little blue pill for that?
Another good one, I can’t even find my coffee cup that early.
I like nicknames too, but only if they are earned.
Let’s go easy boys, these guys don’t play well with swelled heads or has anyone forgotten the debacle in Arizona last year after the opening win against Atlanta.
Of has anyone forgotten the “Dunkeneers” moniker that never materialized.
Hey, I love the Hump too, but has anyone got any word about Lawrence Dawsey.
Don’t be a Debbie downer. Give props where they are due.
WPD or Weapons of Mass Destruction. How can anyone nit pick about an AHA moment like that.
I hope scub keeps it up, I need all the smiles I can get.
Scubog, I was just about to forget about your mental evaluation of Arroyo’s kicking woes.
This could be troubling.
Are you saying you liked my connection between kicking and love making prowess?
Uhhhhhh, no, Scubog.
More like distracted by the continued talk of ED.
It’s like hitting a shank in golf.
Once you hit one you don’t like to think about it or they keep happening.
See Tin Cup.
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