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Data Crunch: Undrafted, Unprecedented

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

Karl Williams1996-2003WR1151371,7007
Earnest Graham2004-11RB981299041
Calvin Magee1985-88TE561141,37911
Adam Humphries2015-17WR32991,0893
Cameron Brate2014-17TE38961,17014

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

Calvin Magee1985-87TE431051,27611
Adam Humphries2015-17WR32991,0893
Cameron Brate2014-16TE348196511
Karl Williams1996-2003WR1151371,7007
Tim Wright2013TE16545715

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

Earnest Graham2004-11RB9816
Cameron Brate2014-17TE3814
LeGarrette Blount2010-12RB4013
Karl Williams1996-2003WR11512
Calvin Magee1985-88TE5611

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

Adam HumphriesTBWR32991,0893
Will TyeNYG/NYJTE32948974
Tyrell WilliamsLACWR25881,4099
Cameron MeredithCHIWR25771,0084
Eli RogersPITWR16546483

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 CooperOAKWR1 (4)991,0893
Stefon DiggsMINWR5 (146)1592,01811
Jamison CrowderWASWR4 (105)1401,5579
Duke JohnsonCLERB3 (77)1371,3183
David JohnsonAZRB3 (86)1221,4038
Tyler LockettSEAWR3 (69)1081,4567
DeVante ParkerMIAWR1 (14)1011,4748
Adam HumphriesTBWRUndrafted991,0893

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 GronkowskiNE2010-122 (42)30
Julius ThomasDEN/JAX2011-154 (129)25
Antonio GatesSD2003-05Undrafted21
Jimmy GrahamNO2010-123 (95)21
Kellen Winslow Sr.SD1979-811 (13)21
Raymond ChesterOAK1970-721 (24)20
Tyler EifertCIN2013-171 (21)20
Aaron HernandezNE2010-124 (113)18
Rich CasterNYJ1970-722 (46)17
Jordan ReedWAS2013-163 (85)16
Joe SenserMIN1980-826 (152)16
Heath MillerPIT2005-071 (30)15
Cameron BrateTB2014-17Undrafted14
Chris CooleyWAS2004-063 (81)14
Keith JacksonPHI1988-901 (13)14
Kyle RudolphMIN2011-132 (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.

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