Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Adam Humphries 2018 Season in Review

The Bucs’ slot receiver and upcoming free agent had a career year in 2018.

Nitty Gritty: Wide receiver Adam Humphries had the best year of his career in 2018. The slot receiver tallied 816 receiving yards by the time the season was over, and scored five touchdowns, more than double his previous season-high of two. He played in all 16 games for the Bucs and started 10 even in as deep a receiver corps as the Bucs had. He more than proved his worth among weapons like Pro Bowl receiver Mike Evans, veteran DeSean Jackson and rising star Chris Godwin, in addition to reliable pass-catching tight ends in both Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard before he got hurt.

Humphries did well against others in his position across the league, too. He recorded the most receiving first downs out of the slot than any other player in the league with 42. Yes, more than the Chiefs' Travis Kelce, more than the Vikings' Adam Thielen and more than the Cowboys' Cole Beasley. He had the third-most yards after catch from that position, too, fighting for 319 extra yards after he secured the ball. Overall, he had the seventh-most receiving yards out of the slot in 2018 with 666 of his 816 total receiving yards.

Humphries has spent the last four seasons rising up the ranks in the Buccaneers organization. He garnered praise from his coaches and his quarterbacks about always being in the spot you needed him to be, whether that was his route or whether that was just him being on the same page. Unfortunately, Humphries is due to be a free agent come the start of the new league year on March 13 and with how much he's proven himself, the Bucs may not have the capability to pay the reliable receiver what he's worth.

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Off the Field: Off the field, Humphries participated in the NFL's My Cause, My Cleats initiative, wearing cleats for the Operation GROGL (Get Right or Get Left) program. Operation GROGL is a program Humphries himself started in South Carolina to mentor and provide resources to disadvantaged youth athletes who need help reaching their potential.