Mission Accomplished For Humphries

January 1st, 2017


What a year for Adam Humphries, Tampa Bay’s favorite walk-on receiver, a true underdog.


Humphries certainly shocked the pants off Joe finishing the 2016 campaign with 55 catches for 622 yards and two touchdowns.

Joe surely would have bet against that.

“Hump,” as he’s known by many in the locker room, hauled in 10 balls today for 94 yards on 13 targets. It was a glorious exclamation point on a season that was a true mission for the second-year, undrafted slot guy out of Clemson.

Yeah, Humphries tipped pass led to a Carolina pick and was a bad play, but that’s a quarterback-receiver timing thing. Joe’s not going to hang that all on Humphries.

In June, Humphries talked to Joe about how his goal was to be a national name. Mission accomplished. Fantasy owners across the globe took notice and will next summer. And real football men, defensive coaches across the NFL, now know Humphries, too.

More important, Dirk Koetter and receivers coach Todd Monken have developed a legitimate NFL receiver in the 23-year-old tryout player who walked on to the Bucs in the summer of 2015. Fifty-five catches is no fluky coincidence.

Humphries also was ok in his first season as an NFL punt returner. The Bucs can do bettter — and should — but that’s no knock on Humphries solid work there.

Humphries is a small piece to what should be an impressive Bucs puzzle next season.

25 Responses to “Mission Accomplished For Humphries”

  1. jwash Says:

    Hopefully he gets pushed down the depth chart after we add receivers who offer more than bubble screens

  2. Chris Says:

    He was a couple of blocks away from a 109 yrd return

  3. Shadow man Says:

    Along with brate, light really found a cpl gems. Continue to build. It’s a progression and hump will only improve next year with jameis and another legit weapon or two…and please sweet baby Jesus give us some o line help

  4. Rod Munch Says:

    He’s a nice slot guy against zone defenses, but he’s not winning man to man matchups and shouldn’t be anything more than a 3rd string guy. Nothing against him, I like, he plays really hard, but he just doesn’t have the tools to be a #2, which is why he wasn’t. Also I can count multiple INTs that came from balls bouncing off his hands, he has to work on that, when you’re him at his size you have to catch everything and can’t be knocking balls into the air. Sounds like I’m bashing the guy but I really don’t mean it too, he had a nice season and is a great guy to have on the team and I think he’ll be even better when the team has a legit #2 guy.

  5. Kalind Says:

    He’s a solid no.5 wr. There is no excuse to have him be your 3 next year. If he is, we will disappoint. He can’t win against nickel cbs one on one. Can he settle into a zone? Yes. Can he catch a screen pass? Yes. So can I. Yay. Get 2 new improved WRS this offseason or we’ll regret it. Again.

    Licht, do you want to pin your job to this guy helping you make the playoffs? Or desman Jackson? Or Pierre garçon? Or Corey Davis? (FTR that’s a rhetorical question.)

  6. 941BUC Says:

    @JWASH Hopefully he works on his speed in the off-season to help stretch the field.his quick but a bit more wouldn’t hurt.Here’s to hoping Mr.Licht hits it out the ball park in FA and the Draft. In this specific order, WR/Dalvin Cook,OL, OT,LB,and surprise me the rest of the way.hopefully we resign Tandy before the end of tonight and we scoop up a solid O-Linemen and WR in FA. Gonna be a fun Off-season.

  7. Buccfan37 Says:

    Big fan of Hump. Big effectiveness shown throughout the season when healthy. He will give the same effort next season. I know, he’s not this and he’s not that, still a big part of the pass game for the Bucs.

  8. bucfancocacolagoodtimes Says:

    eh… he’s a marginal 2nd and an ok 3rd down guy, doesn’t get open enough. Can only go so far in this league being a bubble screen hero. As @jwash said hopefully he gets pushed down the depth chart next year. I love the guy but he’s not an answer.

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I love Adam Humphries. Reminds me of JJ.

  10. James Walker Says:

    Humpheries is no Joe Jurevicius.

  11. Blackmagic00 Says:

    This is our version of Wes Welker.

  12. brion Says:

    I think he’s pretty fly, for a white guy

  13. tmaxcon Says:

    Bucs must upgrade wr hump is a 4 or 5 at best. Fa vet wr and draft a stud to compete with Mike for number one. It will be good for Evans to get pushed

  14. Mikadeemas Says:

    Rod Muncher continuing to talk out of his azz. Because he’s got a ROD in his mouth? Did he have a good year? Or should he be a 3rd stringer? Sober up dummy!

  15. Tony in Los Angeles Says:

    Now let’s hope Licht goes out and accrues the talent that makes Humphries the #4 or #5 receiver next season AND secures another pass catching TE for depth. THEN the Bucs will be onto something.

  16. jerseybuc Says:

    Why are we giving grief to Adam Humphries here? Hump was one of the success stories of the year for the Bucs. Did what was asked, including punts and playing some at #2, neither of which was his strength. But he was solid if not spectacular returner and did an adequate job. His value as a slot WR is what I love, because once we get a true #2 he will only get better. He is 23 and has a great rapport with 3. We have had plenty of speed guys over the years who couldn’t play, this kid is an asset to us.
    9-7. We improve one more game next year we are likely playoff bound.

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    Great game Hump. And a very nice season. Congrats! and keep up the hard work.

  18. Gencoimports Says:

    Love Hump. And we will be even more effective in the slot when the Bucs add a burner on the outside.

  19. orlbucfan Says:

    YeaHHHHHH Hump!! I knew he and Brate were going to be special in the preseason. Bucs please draft a punt returner so Hump doesn’t get his neck broken next season. He’s too valuable. 9-7, I’ll take it. Bucs not NFC South bottom feeders…..I like it. 🙂 Playoffs here we come later on this year!!!

  20. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Now if only he could run routes instead of screens we might have a decent player. I hope he develops into a WR and not just a screens guy.

  21. Sunny Says:

    He came on better than than thought , maybe the joes drop the Rudy moniker, next should be a slot guy next yr , solid 3-4 wr

  22. DavidBugBucsfan99 Says:

    How is Hump not a legitimate 3 receiver with 55 catches and 622 yards??? You guys are something else. When he first arrive some dudes seemed to root for him before he even proved himself and now he has and some fools won’t give him his props. Hump is one of Fameis favorite receivers for a reason and he’s proved it on the field. Bucs fans are the ‘greatest’ lol! A bunch of nit pickin old women!

  23. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Im proud of what hump has accomplished this season. He was one of just a few targets winston has had this season. What he was asked to do (catch wr screen passes a few times a game) he did well. He is just too limited on what he can do. Look at any of catches this season (besides the one tipped TD a couple weeks ago) they were mostly all within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage. Again, he’s good at what he does. He is always getting decent yardage out of his screens. But we need a guy that can work his magic down field in the passing game, not just behind the LOS.

  24. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Hump should be our slot WR, he caught 55 passes and averaged 11.5 YPC. Also if you watch the games closely, he was overthrown a lot by Jameis. He should be a solid 3 for us, draft a #2. It don’t make sense to add a bunch of speed guys to stretch the field. How often will Jameis have time to wait until they get up field and open. ME #1, Draft a #2, Hump is #3, sign a few quality WR’s for depth.

  25. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Tavon Austin averages 8.8 a catch. Julian Edelman averages 10.6 YPC. Willie Snead averages 11.8 YPC. Even Tyreek Hill and his big plays averages 12.0 YPC>