Humphries enjoyed a career year last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He totaled 76 catches on 105 targets, finishing with 816 yards and seven touchdowns. Humphries was the team’s No. 3 receiver in terms of receiving yards.
Those are good numbers coming out of the slot, but it must be noted that Humphries was part of a Tampa Bay offense that was extremely pass-heavy, mostly because of the Bucs’ horrid defense that had the team trailing in many games.
Humphries transitions to a run-first offense in 2019. Regardless, he’s a much-needed addition in the slot for Mariota and the Tennessee Titans.
Historically, the Oregon product has struggled passing to the slot, with a grade of 81.7 when throwing to that part of the field. Humphries alone can change that, with Mariota never having enjoyed a slot receiver as talented as he.
The 26-year-old is also a perfect fit for the Titans’ passing game, which will rely on mostly short passes, with some deep throws mixed in. When targeted on passes from one to nine yards, Humphries was the No. 7 receiver in 2019, earning a grade of 78.8.
Tennessee will love the way Humphries can move the chains, especially on third and manageable situations. He’ll be a valuable asset in that regard, which will be a big reason why the Titans are able to extend drives at a much higher rate than in 2018.
We’d expect to see Humphries’ numbers take a dip from his production last season, especially with competition for targets over the middle with Walker.
But that doesn’t change how important Humphries is to the Titans. He stands as the receiver who could have the biggest impact in 2019, even if his final numbers don’t exactly show it.
Adam Humphries projected stats: 68 catches, 712 yards, five touchdowns