The Tennessee Titans may finally realize that they need more Adam Humphries in their offense.
It made a lot of sense when the Tennessee Titans went out in free agency and signed Adam Humphries to help bring their offense into the 21st century.
Forgetting the fact that Arthur Smith decided that he wanted to run the offense like it was 1975 with tight ends and tight formations consistently for no rhyme or reason, every now and then we would see glimpses of why they signed Humphries.
Primarily a slot receiver, the Titans only really used Humphries in unmanageable down and distances early in the season.
However, that sort of changed in the Titans first matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars when Humphries had 6 catches for nearly 100 yards. Those 6 catches were more than half of the total receptions he had in all of September.
Since that move Humphries caught 12 of 15 targets for 152 yards and a game winning touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.
So doing some simple comparisons, if nearly one-fourth of Humphries total yards this season came from his Week 3 matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars AND he is seeing an uptick in usage and production, that seems to add up to signal a potential big game this Sunday.
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In the first game against the Jaguars it was a combination of three players that covered Humphries from the slot: D.J. Hayden (their primary slot corner), Ronnie Harrison (safety) and Jarrod Wilson (safety).
He caught a pass against all three of those defenders, and with the Jaguars getting weaker at DB after the Jalen Ramsey trade it stands to reason that they aren’t going to do a better job covering him this week.
If the Titans offensive line can protect Ryan Tannehill better than they protected Marcus Mariota, then there is a good chance that a better version of the Corey Davis, A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries trio make a big difference this weekend.
I think that everyone is ready to see Derrick Henry build on a great performance from the Titans last game against the Chiefs where he went for nearly 200 yards and two TDs. The one thing you have to remember about that is that Arthur Smith never takes the easy path.
He constantly attacks the strength of a defense and tries to outsmart them, which rarely works so you can expect the Titans to throw the ball plenty in the first half until Smith realizes he had a bad plan and goes back to Henry in the 2nd half.
As frustrating as that is, at least fans can hold onto hope that he may accidentally stumble into good opportunities for Adam Humphries and the rest of the Titans receivers.