Koetter Praises Career Day For Humphries

September 20th, 2016
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The love affair between Dirk Koetter and his No. 3 receiver is going strong.

Koetter is brimming with respect for second-year man Adam Humphries and what he delivers, so the head coach said yesterday on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Koetter noted Humphries notched a career high in receiving yards against the Cardinals — 67 yards on six catches. And Koetter noted Humphries was solid in the punt game with “a couple of nice” returns.”

“Adam’s doing a good job playing his role. There’s nothing wrong with what Adam’s doing,” Koetter said.

One Humphries error was called out that few fans or observers would be aware of.

“Now there was a crucial third down later in the game, where we had Adam’s number called,” Koetter added. “We had exactly what we wanted coverage-wise, and Adam kind of slipped out of his break, and Jameis let the ball go on time and we missed it. So that’s an example of one of many things that went wrong in this game that for us to do better, for us to win games, we have to make those plays.”

Joe’s glad Humphries has proven to be solid. He hadn’t fielded a regular-season punt prior to this season, so the Bucs appear to have won that gamble.

On the receiving front, Humphries will never be a great receiver, but he has a nice habit of catching what’s thrown in his direction. By contrast, America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, has thrown 40 balls to Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans this year, and they have hauled in just 17 of them.

21 Responses to “Koetter Praises Career Day For Humphries”

  1. Ga. Buc fan 40 years Says:

    If we could get the rest of the team to put in the same effort as Adam, we would be unstoppable!

  2. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “If we could get the rest of the team to put in the same effort as Adam, we would be unstoppable!”


    You’re not the first person to say something of this sort, but I’m really curious as to why you feel that way. What makes you think the other guys on the team aren’t putting in the same effort? How exactly do you know Humphries is putting forth great effort? What if he is just really talented? Why are you assuming his performance on the football field is a result of his effort, instead of his talent?

    Just because someone is small and has lighter colored skin doesn’t mean they don’t have skills, and just because someone is big and has darker skin doesn’t mean they don’t work their arse off. Why not just say something like “If we could get the rest of the team to performa as well as Adam, we would be unstoppable!”?

  3. Destro44 Says:

    What’s the status with Shorts? He went out injured after making an excellent catch. I know he was a late addition to this team and is still getting up to speed but I think getting 4 wide with his ability to be a number 2 as our number 4 might create some favorable matchups.

  4. Bucsfanman Says:

    I tell you one thing about Hump, the dude is tough! He took some hits on Sunday that I did not think he would get up from.
    Keep up the good work.

  5. BuccoDav Says:

    “By contrast, America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, has thrown 40 balls to Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans this year, and they have hauled in just 17 of them.”

    Careful, Joe. This is more of an indictment of JW3 than the receivers. How many of those balls were actually catchable? I would guess of the 23 balls that weren’t caught, maybe 4-5 of them were catchable.

  6. 2Players_1ChoreographedCelebration Says:

    never be a great receiver

    There goes Joe, the great prognosticator.

    For a 2nd year UDFA, Hump had been spectacular. I keep trying to tell myself to not think this, but Humphries at times reminds me of another UDFA, Wes Welker.

  7. R.O Says:

    Ummmm… getting open and catching what’s thrown to you sounds like a pretty great receiver. I think Steve Largent got open and caught what was thrown to him also. Steve Bilentikoff I think did that also… just because they aren’t 6’5 Groots and don’t run 4.2 doesn’t make them bad receivers.

  8. orlbucfan Says:

    I’ve been a Hump fan since he joined the team. I watched him play in his initial preseason games. He improved in each one. He might be considered physically short for an NFL WR. So what? He catches the ball including over the middle which is a very hazardous part of the field. I hope Smith will start Banks Sunday. 40-7. If you give an average team 5 turnovers, they’ll beat you. A very bad team will have a very good chance to beat you. A champion-caliber team will kill you. Them’s the facts. The Cards have already won several playoff games. They know the clock’s ticking on their making the SB. Bucs are a young, developing team w/a rookie HC. My one gripe is DK has the personnel on his O is run sweeps, screens, laterals, etc. That’s one way to beat a high-caliber team like the Cardinals. Plus, it cuts down on turnovers. I know he’s learning, too; but I hope DK will call more of these plays. It took (HOF) Dungy several years to build the Bucs into SB champs. Same here. I remember the 1999 beating in Oakland. Always hated Madden/Raiders so that one POed me. Bucs were already starting to win games. This team/krewe isn’t that old. Lawd, true, long-time Buc fans are patient. No wonder it’s considered a virtue. Look at all the bellyaching on here. Troll city. Go Tampa Bay Sunday at RJS!! Wish I could be there. I’ll be listening to Bucs Radio.

  9. Mike Johnson Says:

    If every Buc Player had Humphries and Winston’s attitude. Man we would be unstoppable.

  10. Joseph Mamma Says:

    Joe I think you posted a pic of Corey Haim by mistake maybe.

  11. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Another excellent post! We all remember the movie “White Men Can’t Jump”.

    Cris Collinsworth who was a finalist in Florida’s high school 100 yard dash was obviously very very fast. He’s said that these stereotypes helped him in his career. He’d line up and the DB’s would see a tall skinny white dude and let their guards down.

    And yes I’m glad you pointed out the other side…many black athletes are where they are because like Hump they have to work their butts off.

    LMAO I’m going to go all Tmax here…and berate society in general. 🙂

    We no longer wish to embrace nuance or even facts…we want to believe what we feel without any effort to learn or absorb reality.

  12. Bob in Valrico Says:

    of the two passes thrown long to Humphries this year, jameis didn’t complete either one. Goes back to Jameis in kind of slump throwing the deep ball.

  13. Clodhopper Says:

    The kid was undrafted and worked his way up the depth chart. Jameis has made comments about him and Koetter has made comments about him. No one thinks the kid is uber talented, but the only reason you can think of for people to think that is race?

    Does any of this guarantee its only because of his work ethic? No. But it’s some pretty good evidence to support it.

  14. Clodhopper Says:

    Plus. When you watched Sunday’s game, did it look to you like every person on the team put in the effort he did?

  15. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    These “comments” you refer to, do they not say the exact same thing about Mike Evans, Gerald McCoy, and Doug Martin? I hear nothing but things praising their work ethic as well. However, I recall Jameis calling Humphries a great receiver over and over again.

    Also, if you could read, you would understand that race wasn’t the “ONLY reason” I wrote people would think his effort is better. I also stated his size. Funny how you completely ignored that. It’s almost as if you have some sort of agenda, don’t you think? Why else would you ignore that, because I wrote it in the same sentence?

    I for one happen to think Humprhries is very talented for what his job is. His is lightning quick. I don’t think his effort makes him quick. His size and lack of top end speed will never allow him to be a dominant receiver, but his quickness and precision will. I don’t think that has much to do with effort, but more so making the best of the skill set he has.

    Finally, you want me to answer if “every” player put forth the same kind of effort as Humphries? That’s impossible, and you know it. I think Jameis put forth great effort. I also think Evans, Marpet, Donovan Smith, Joe Hawley, Demar Dotson, Kevin Pamphile, Gerald McCoy, Vernon Hargreaves, Kwon Alexander, put forth great effort. For all I know, so did all the other guys I mentioned. You see, it’s impossible to see who put forth a great effort, especially by watching the game on TV. It’s a silly argument.

    Our problem on Sunday wasn’t effort. Our problem was Arizona. Our problem was turnovers. Our problem was execution. We played poorly and we got smoked, period.

  16. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Damn there’s a lot of error in my post. I’m pretty sure you can get it though.

  17. Clodhopper Says:

    Aganda? No I don’t have an agenda but i do have a point. These days people are too trigger happy with the race card. Why do you assume Humps race is why he thinks that way? His comment was a perfectly innocent comment. And accurate too. So now when we compliment a guy for having a good work ethic, we have to go down the list of hard workers to make sure we don’t leave anyone out or else it’s a race thing? Saying” if everyone worked like him” does not mean “no one works like him” This article was about Hump so he made an accurate comment about Hump. Our problem on Sunday was in part effort. I’m sure you saw all the quotes of these guys getting too cocky over their press clippings. Don’t get me wrong. No one was beating the Cards on Sunday, but a good team and a team putting in effort would have done better than 40-7

    I forgive you for you for your typos if you forgive me for mine. Typing on a phone is a hassle and a half!!

  18. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    I am anything but quick with the race card. I’ve let it go so many times, but felt like I’ve heard it enough at this point. I never accused anyone of being racist, but there is a certain stereotype that people have. Maybe the original poster doesn’t, but you are foolish if you think others don’t. It is virtually impossible to judge effort by watching a game on TV. It’s something people create when they have a pre-conceived belief about a certain player. From the first preseason game last year people were comparing him to Wes Welker. Are you really so naive as to think that people studied him and came to that conclusion based off his performance on the football field? Of course not. That’s one thing, but there is a certain pre-conceived notion that people think because a guy is white he is less athletic, and therefore he must work harder than everyone else. It’s simply an over-generalization, and none of us have any insight as to whether it is true or not in the case of Humphries.

    What can you point to in that game that showed Humphries played with more effort than anyone else? Was it because it got hit and popped back up? Was it because he dove for a pass? Instead of asking questions like “do you honestly believe everyone put forth the same effort as Adam?”, tell me specific examples. You won’t, because you can’t. You already have it in your mind he put forth better effort, so you are going to see what you want to see. I challenge you to prove me wrong.

  19. Clodhopper Says:

    I’m not saying other don’t. I’m not saying racism doesn’t exist. Another example. Saying “This isn’t about race” does not mean “Racism doesn’t exist” Just another phrase this country can’t seem to understand.

    No you can’t judge that based off a game on tv alone. There are other clues I already mentioned. Jameis has singled him out without being asked. As has Koetter. Remember Jameis’ presser to end the the year last year? How he glowed about Hump? Look at HOW Jameis and Koetter speak about him. It’s an entirety thing not a single thing.

    Re his effort on Sunday. For one the things Koetter said about him last night. And the things hes said before. Popping up after that hard hit is one not to mention the way he ran before that hit and some of his runs on the bubble screens. Sometimes you can see the effort in how hard they run. Like you can actually see the effort Martin puts in in some of his runs. You could see the lack of effort from Martin his second and third year too. You can see the effort Walter Payton and Berry Sanders put in. You could see the effort Brett Farve put in. You can see the lack of effort Jay Cutler puts in. You can the difference in effort between a Russel Wilson vs a Josh Freeman.

    There are many many clues that Hump has an extraordinary work ethic without the race card.

  20. Mike Johnson Says:

    One of the greatest things about playing football is..You are how you play. The only race that matters is the NFC race or the..race for the title. People here are quick to throw out the race crap even when you stand up for somebody they hate. Hell, why not? Its conveinant as hell and covers a lotta bases. Humphries has earned his spot as has all who made the final roster. Unlike Life, Football has no favorites players with the coaches. They don’t care if you are paisley white or darkest of chocolates as long as you..get it done. You see, coaches wanna keep their jobs! Wouldn’t it be great IF..All of society was..colorblind.

  21. Thomas Bowery Says:

    This kid is going to be great. That’s all there is to say.