Buccaneers Round Table: What about Adam Humphries?
Though Adam Humphries has had a down season statistically (35 catches, 339 yards, zero touchdowns), I believe he has a place on the Buccaneers for a long time.
The 24 year old Clemson product had a mini-breakout last season when he caught 55 passes for 622-yards, and was one of Jameis Winston’s favorite targets on third down and in high-pressure situations.
He runs quick routes and sits down in soft coverage on top of making tough contested catches in traffic. Despite all Humphries brings and has brought to the Buccaneers, the additions of receivers DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin pushed him down the depth chart and have almost made him an after-thought (O.J. Howard’s acquisition has certainly played into this lack of targeting/usage as well).
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Despite the diminished targets, Humphries still managed to string together four strong games in a row against the Vikings, Giants, Patriots, and Cardinals. However, he has been invisible for most of the last five games, and may be once again this week with Ryan Fitzpatrick back under center for the third time.
It’s anyone’s guess how long Jackson will be with the Bucs for, so Humphries could find himself getting starter snaps once again in the coming years. By that time he’ll have hopefully built on his pre-existing skill set, so it should be a net win for the Buccaneers.
Over his first three seasons he’s proven to be a clutch slot receiver, and thanks to his reliable hands and repertoire with quarterback Jameis Winston, Humphries should be remain a valuable player with a long future on the Buccaneers.