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Data Crunch: Undrafted, Unprecedented

Posted Oct 13, 2017

WR Adam Humphries and TE Cam Brate, former undrafted free agents are each closing in on their 100th career reception, and they've hit a number of impressive milestones along the way

The next pass Adam Humphries catches, which will most likely be thrown on Sunday inside University of Phoenix Stadium, will be the 100th reception of his NFL career. If his teammate, Cameron Brate, secures four receptions on Sunday, he will also hit the 100-catch mark. In some ways that would be a remarkable achievement for the pair of Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Both Brate and Humphries came to the Buccaneers as undrafted free agents, Brate in 2014, Humphries in 2015. Brate had a one-week detour through New Orleans in 2015 but has only played for the Buccaneers. Both players are already among the top five pass-catchers in franchise history among undrafted players, in terms of both receptions and yards.

Most Receptions, Undrafted Players, Buccaneers History

Player Seasons Pos. GP Recs. Yards TDs
Karl Williams 1996-2003 WR 115 137 1,700 7
Earnest Graham 2004-11 RB 98 129 904 1
Calvin Magee 1985-88 TE 56 114 1,379 11
Adam Humphries 2015-17 WR 32 99 1,089 3
Cameron Brate 2014-17 TE 38 96 1,170 14

As is noted in that chart, Humphries and Brate have played significantly fewer games than the three players above them. Humphries, in particular has set a pace for receptions that no other undrafted receiver in team history, and only one player total, has matched. And, of course, Humphries still has 12 games remaining in his last season, which means he is almost certain to take over the top spot.

Most Receptions First Three Seasons, Undrafted Players, Buccaneers History

Player Seasons Pos. GP Recs. Yards TDs
Calvin Magee 1985-87 TE 43 105 1,276 11
Adam Humphries 2015-17 WR 32 99 1,089 3
Cameron Brate 2014-16 TE 34 81 965 11
Karl Williams 1996-2003 WR 115 137 1,700 7
Tim Wright 2013 TE 16 54 571 5

Since the start of last season, Brate has found the end zone with regularity, leading all NFL tight ends in touchdowns in that span. As for the Buccaneers' 42-season history, he is already second all-time in touchdowns scored, of any variety, among undrafted players, and he needs only three more to rise to the top spot.

Most Touchdowns, Undrafted Players, Buccaneers History

Player Seasons Pos. GP TDs
Earnest Graham 2004-11 RB 98 16
Cameron Brate 2014-17 TE 38 14
LeGarrette Blount 2010-12 RB 40 13
Karl Williams 1996-2003 WR 115 12
Calvin Magee 1985-88 TE 56 11

Humphries' pass-catching totals stand out in franchise history, but they also make him one of the most productive receivers among all undrafted players in his class of 2015. Of all the players who entered the NFL in 2015 as undrafted rookies, Humphries has the most receptions.

Most Receptions, 2015 Undrafted Players, NFL, 2015-17

Player Team(s) Pos. GP Recs. Yards TDs
Adam Humphries TB WR 32 99 1,089 3
Will Tye NYG/NYJ TE 32 94 897 4
Tyrell Williams LAC WR 25 88 1,409 9
Cameron Meredith CHI WR 25 77 1,008 4
Eli Rogers PIT WR 16 54 648 3

Actually, Humphries' production in his first three seasons compares favorably to most of his entire rookie class, including the drafted players. He ranks eighth in receptions among all players who entered the league in 2015, and sixth among wide receivers.

Most Career Receptions, NFL Rookie Class of 2015

Player Team Pos. Draft Round (Overall) Recs. Yards TDs
Amari Cooper OAK WR 1 (4) 99 1,089 3
Stefon Diggs MIN WR 5 (146) 159 2,018 11
Jamison Crowder WAS WR 4 (105) 140 1,557 9
Duke Johnson CLE RB 3 (77) 137 1,318 3
David Johnson AZ RB 3 (86) 122 1,403 8
Tyler Lockett SEA WR 3 (69) 108 1,456 7
DeVante Parker MIA WR 1 (14) 101 1,474 8
Adam Humphries TB WR Undrafted 99 1,089 3

Brate is just the sixth Buccaneer to catch at least 14 touchdown passes in the first 38 games of his career, and the only tight end on that list. He is joined by wide receivers Mike Evans (23), Mike Williams (17), Bruce Hill (16), Kevin House (16) and Mark Carrier (14). He's not the first NFL tight end to accomplish that feat, but it is still at least a relative rarity. Brate is just the 16th NFL tight end since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to have 14 touchdown catches through his first 38 games.

Player Team(s) * Seasons ** Draft Round (Overall) Rec. TDs
Rob Gronkowski NE 2010-12 2 (42) 30
Julius Thomas DEN/JAX 2011-15 4 (129) 25
Antonio Gates SD 2003-05 Undrafted 21
Jimmy Graham NO 2010-12 3 (95) 21
Kellen Winslow Sr. SD 1979-81 1 (13) 21
Raymond Chester OAK 1970-72 1 (24) 20
Tyler Eifert CIN 2013-17 1 (21) 20
Aaron Hernandez NE 2010-12 4 (113) 18
Rich Caster NYJ 1970-72 2 (46) 17
Jordan Reed WAS 2013-16 3 (85) 16
Joe Senser MIN 1980-82 6 (152) 16
Heath Miller PIT 2005-07 1 (30) 15
Cameron Brate TB 2014-17 Undrafted 14
Chris Cooley WAS 2004-06 3 (81) 14
Keith Jackson PHI 1988-90 1 (13) 14
Kyle Rudolph MIN 2011-13 2 (43) 14

* Team with which player played his first 38 games
** Seasons in which player played his first 38 games


Adam Humphries and Cameron Brate had to beat the odds to make it in the NFL after arriving as undrafted free agents, but they've done much more than that. Not only are both players integral parts of the Buccaneers' offense, but they've put up numbers that rival the best undrafted finds in team history and many of their own contemporaries, drafted and undrafted.