Adam Humphries has become an integral part of the Buccaneers organization. While he isn’t a superstar, he has been a productive part of the offense for his first three years.
With a 67% catch percentage (117 catches on 174 targets) he is a reliable option.
This puts him ranked 59th in the NFL in catch rate for the 2017 NFL season. The best receivers in the league are around the 60-70% range, which puts Humphries right in the same area.
He might not be the target monster as guys like Mike Evans, but he is productive on his catches. In his first three seasons he has only missed two games due to injury and has been targeted at least twice in all but three games.
With the slot receiver playing such a valuable role in NFL offensive schemes these days, having a reliable option is a must. Humphries has shown he can be the guy, and as a restricted free agent in 2018, the Buccaneers should tender him an offer and attempt to sign him long term.
Furthermore, he understands the offense and knows he will always be the fourth or fifth option, but when it counts, Jameis Winston knows Humphries will come through.
As for his future; most Buccaneers fans will agree extending him for the foreseeable future would be an excellent idea for the organization.
He fell under criticism this season after a fumble late in the Bills game which cost the Buccaneers a possible win. But he handled the pressure as a professional and continues to play his role on a team coming off their first back-to-back wins of the season.
Humphries will never be a 100 catch guy with Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson on the team, but having a dependable guy who catches 40-50 passes a season at a 67% catch rate is a massive asset to any organization. The Buccaneers should be proud he dawns the uniform every week.