Adam Humphries Named No. 3 Receiver

August 1st, 2016
Wide Receiver Adam Humphries


Dirk Koetter spoke to Joe and assembled media this morning and decided to grab a proverbial trumpet.

Koetter, after five training camp practices, named Adam Humphries the Buccaneers’ No. 3 wide receiver. In fact, Koetter hinted he should have told everyone yesterday.

Joe hates to ruin lunch for the Kenny Bell Mob, but it’s not about them today. It’s all about Humphries, the 5-11 tryout receiver from Clemson tho made the Bucs’ 53-man roster last year but was later cut in October, and then he returned to have a sound season.

Simply stated: Humphries caught what was thrown his way 27 balls out of 40 targeted in his direction.

“Good football players come in all shapes and sizes,” Koetter said.

Joe asked America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, about the news.

“I’m not surprised by that at all,” Jameis said. “Adam is a great player for us. He’s a third-down machine for us. He’s had a great camp, and last year he was one of my best targets. You think about the first play of the year (an interception against Tennessee thrown in Humphries direction), me and that guy bounced back from that quickly and had a great season together.”

Mike Evans was all smiles.

“He knows how to get open. We call him first-down Hump,” Evans said, noting how hard Humphries works behind the scenes.


56 Responses to “Adam Humphries Named No. 3 Receiver”

  1. Getaclue Says:


  2. Joe Says:

    Yes, Rudy played for Clemson. Corrected, thanks.

  3. LovieBall Says:

    No nonsense from Dirk. Love it. Lovie it.

  4. Since '76 Says:

    If we are making ourselves in the image of the Patriots – that’s not a bad thing.

  5. JMicSoundsNice Says:

    Great decision by the coaching staff to give this guy an opportunity. Great job by this guy to reward the decision makers.

  6. Dick Butkiss Says:

    Any news on how Andre Davis is performing at camp? Love to see the local talent from USF make the roster.

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    What a confidence booster for #11. He could team up with Jameis for the next 3-10 years. best of luck to you young man!

  8. Bucsfanman Says:

    Sorry, but Bell’s got to earn it first. This seems like a no-brainer. We’ll see. Good job Hump!

  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    Humphries, Pow… to the moon.

  10. David King Says:

    I’m a Packer fan but got a lot of respect for the Buccaneers been watching football since 1980 and Doug Williams was the first black QB I had seen, and you guys did it when it wasn’t cool to have one. Glad you guys got a team that looks like it’s going to do somethings best of luck my friends.

  11. Ga Buc Fan 40 years Says:

    Said it last year , Guy is a baller , Congrats

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    Love dirk’s decisiveness. No dragging crap out and turning non stories into stories. Bucs need help at wr simple as that.

  13. shouldhavedraftedefiert Says:


  14. 813bucboi Says:

    I can tell you first hand at yesterdays practice that Humphries caught everything his way…the connection between he and jameis is evident….on one play jameis threaded the needle between LVD, Jude and the safety and hump made a great catch….on that particular play the defenders were in great position but jameis put the ball where only hump could catch it…I believe jameis was 4 for 4 throwing to hump yesterday….he and vjax were the most consistent wr’s yesterday….humps routes were crisps which allowed him to gain separation in and out of his breaks from the defender….and he looks to be our best option at punt return…he caught every punt yesterday while reedy or dye(15 or 17 I could see the exact number) dropped one….happy for BIG HUMP….he busted his a$$, worked hard and is now being rewarded….GO BUCS!!!!

  15. Will Says:

    Good job Hump! We can use a undersized go-getter!

  16. Kobe Faker Says:

    Rudy is a decent receiver but lacks the skillset to be a adaquit slot receiver

    out of the 27 catches when did he ever break out of the intial contact and run after catch for 15 plus yards. catsh and drop…just like all our other recievers except chuck sims

    he doesnt have the quick twitch shake, stop and go explosion nor the physical stiff arm to break tacklers

    ***dropoff Rudy, Dye, Bell and a 5th round pick to Jacksonville during joint practice and bring back Rashad Greene to Tampa

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    Just rewards for the little engine that could. Keep it up Humphries.

  18. The Real Malloy Says:

    Love it! This kid has got it. Way to go Hump!!!

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Kobe- Keep in mind he was an undrafted rookie FA last year. I would assume that he was working on the things you mentioned in the off-season. Truth is, he just has to make it to the sticks.

  20. Kevin Says:

    Kobe, as of right now you are all alone in this room. hlad your not calling the shots. Hump is the man!!!

  21. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    3rd & Hump?

  22. 813bucboi Says:

    @dick….dre is a good friend of mine….yesterday at practice he was running with the two’s right behind vjax…he lined up on the left side of the field all day…don’t remember glennon or griffin throwing his way but he took every rep serious and didn’t have to be told where to line up….I think the staff likes his ability to run block because they ran to his side a bunch of times with payton baber making a few nice runs(10+yards)…during the period when special teams were on the main field right in front of the fans wr’s and db’s were on the second field working together…I could see dre beat josh robinson on what looked to be a skinny post route….all in all he look good but its telling that dirk has named hump as the #3 wr….I like this approach because its putting players on notice….a job can be won or lost week to week….looks like dirk wants his wr core set some jameis can build that chemistry between them all….I think it will come down to his preseason performance and if he can contribute on special teams because Russell shepard looks like he will have a bigger role on offense this year…GO BUCS!!!!

  23. 813bucboi Says:

    @Kobe….have you been to a practice?….I can tell you that it is obvious that hump has been working on his explosiveness and quickness this offseason…he still may lack top end speed but he did look a step quicker in and out of his breaks….hump will surprise you this season….GO BUCS!!!!

  24. gotbbucs Says:

    Catch the ball. Period.

    The big guys will get him one on ones inside, just run sharp routes and Winston will get him the ball.

  25. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    3rd and Hump That’s great!

  26. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    A yo appreciate that David. Its a shame a fan from another team can see clearer than some that have been fans forever bro. We coming man.

  27. TheCollegeBuc Says:

    Think about lasting impact of this move. Competition should only increase. All players on this squad understand they can make the the team and play if they give it their all, or at least that’s what Humphries did. However his crowning will only inspire the others, hell that’s all proof they need that they can do it too … Time to get to work @asj @kennybell @danvitale

  28. Kobe Faker Says:

    I hope so because Defenses have 1 year of tape on Jameis now

    Defenses will not sit back like the Philly game and play zone and wait for Jameis to make a mistake . He has proven he can hit small windows down the field and score without pressure

    Jameis, in 2016 will be the most blitzed QB


    Defenses is going to be stacking the box with 9 players and run blitz every hole

    Tampa/Jameis is going to have to show they can consistently move down the field by the short passing / 2 second ball is out attack to loosen up the stacked line

    Our receivers will have to consistently beat the press because they will not give us 4/5 second jameis 2 Evans deep route completions freely

  29. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I like Humphries and don’t question Koetter’s judgement…..but I’m curious about the timing…..he’s not only sending a message to Humphries and the fans…..but a message to all the other receivers in camp.
    We now have Vjax, ME13 & Humphries…..and very likely Shepard (yes, I think he’s close to a lock)
    So that means we have 2 slots left (I believe we will carry 6 receivers especially if one is a KR/PR……

  30. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Kobe Faker there aren’t that many slot WRs that do whatever you’re takin about lol. If anything it’s teams 1/2s lining up in the slot and being playmakers like Odell Beckam / Anotonio Brown.

    Hell Randall Cobb is thought to be one of the best slot guys and he was their #1 last year and struggled hard with any sort of YAC.

    Welker/ Edelman never made/make tons of YAC plays unless you count 5 yards after the catch as a big play. They were good at getting open in short field and catching balls in traffic and maneuvurin get for a few extra yards but typically not big plays.

    Hump has very similar athleticism and size as Edelman. Not as athletic but not too far off

  31. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Thank you David King..all welcomed here!

  32. Mike Johnson Says:

    Now if only ASJ could play with the heart and determination Humphries displays….

  33. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    He moves so much like Julian Edelamn..same jump quickness..even body size..

    Still want Andre Davis to make the team though…

  34. Pawel Says:

    Good analysis here by Bucs fans. Great read all the way down.

  35. Buc since '74 Says:

    He caught 27 of 40. Nice! One of those missed would have been Jameis’ rookie touchdown record of 6 in one game. But I digress…

  36. LargoBuc Says:

    Both Adam Humpheries and Cameron Brate steped up for us last year when we needed them. They brought alot of heart. Congrats to Humpheries. I hope he holds on to that spot, pun intended.

  37. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Brate and happy they have proved their worth..I am one happy woman today…

    GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!

  38. cmurda Says:

    I pointed out Hump last year before he played in the regular season. Naturally I compare him Wes Welker because they both are white and have small statures but also because they are the willing recipients of passes after going over the middle or whatever it takes to get a first down. i’m a little surprised that Hump was named the 3rd WR so early. It lends us some insight on how Bell is performing which seems to be inconsistent. Louis Murphy is on the outside looking in and I think it is between he and Bell on who snatches the last WR spot.

  39. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Do the Humpty hump, do the Humpty hump!!

  40. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Bell Brigade reporting for duty, Sir!!!!!! Not really news with Murphy coming off injured reserve, Bell missing a year, and Hump having the experience from last year at that spot. Will he hold onto the spot by season’s end is the real question…

  41. Joe Says:

    Sorry, but Bell’s got to earn it first.

    Exactly! Not sure why so many folks think he should be gifted a job when lesser known receivers are making plays (in pads).

  42. Joe Says:

    Not really news with Murphy coming off injured reserve,

    Not on IR. Murph is on the PUP list.

  43. TheCollegeBuc Says:

    But in all honesty this isn’t very surprising, Kenny Bell is a year behind Humphries after all. this spells death for dye moreso than bell tho

  44. America's Commenter Says:

    His stature, style, and demeanor remind us all of Wes Welker. Let’s hope he has a similar career with the Bucs!

  45. pick6 Says:

    Bell seems more likely to be considered a backup on the outside. reports of good start-stop quickness might translate well into the slot but if he’s supposed to be a big play threat they should be developing him to line up opposite a big flanker in certain packages

  46. pick6 Says:

    in other words, Humphries may be the bucs starting slot reciever and thus their “number three wideout”, but i think if VJax or Evans were to miss any time they’d want somebody else to line up outside rather than just plugging humphries in as the #2

  47. BIG IRISH SECTION 318 Says:

    Shades of Wes Welker!

  48. PRBucFan Says:

    I love my Hump, My Hump

  49. PRBucFan Says:

    My lovely Rudy Hump

  50. Thomas Bowery Says:

    Another Wes Welker and possibly could turn out to be even better.

  51. Buc1987 Says:

    PRB…you can do better than that.

    Nice job Humphries.

  52. Buc1987 Says:

    Perhaps he needs to trim down that Afro Thunder a little bit huh?

  53. SCBucsFan Says:

    As a SCAR fan, I hate Clemson, but I’m happy for Humphries. I do worry about what this says about the rest of our receivers though.

  54. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Tampa Bays version of Julian Edellman. Every team can use a guy like Adam. Congrats. But I think it was gifted to hi because Murphy is on the pup list. IDK if that would of happened had Louis been healthy. Either way I’m happy for him and you know your gonna get a 100% from Adam every play.

  55. Mo_Downs Says:

    Congrats to Hump. He proved himself last season and the injury to our veteran #3 WR created the opportunity for Hump to showcase his talent.

    Potential (Bell) is great for post-draft, pre-season and TC press hype. However, as it’s been said: Football is played on the field, not in the training room.

    At this point I sincerely hope that Bell will be able to rise to this challenge. The coach he’s got to impress first is the new “no-nonsense” WR coach, not Koetter.
    Hump has also won the respect of his QB who was a big Bell fan in TC.

    Let’s hope that we are able to develop WR’s that can perform under pressure and contribute during RS games, when it counts.

  56. PRBucFan Says:

    lol Nah, that’s as creative as it gets

    You know you liked it