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
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
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
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
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|
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|
|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|
|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.