Today after Buccaneers’ training camp practice, head coach Dirk Koetter answered a question that has been pondered over all offseason and into training camp. While speaking with the media following a hot day at camp, Koetter was very blunt while answering a question about WR Kenny Bell’s performance.
“You know, let’s just end the big mystery about this number three wide receiver, okay? Adam Humphries is going to be our number three wide receiver,” Koetter said.
As Koetter continued talking, he explained Humphries’ consistency and reliability as a wide receiver. While watching practice it is clear to see the comfort level that Winston has spinning the rock to Humphries. Winston was asked his opinion on his coach’s decision, and he seemed content and assured with the move.
“I’m not surprised by it at all. Adam is a great player for us, he’s a third down machine for us,” Winston said. “He’s had a great camp and last year he was one of my best targets. You think about the first play of the year, me and that guy bounced back from that quickly and had a great season together.”
During the second half of the 2015 season, you could see the bond forming between the QB and WR duo. It’s not the same bond as with Jackson or Evans, who mainly stay out in the perimeter, but more of a constant 7 to 10 yard route combo. As Winston stated above, Humphries is a third down machine. This should not be a shocking decision to players nor fans. Humphries has put in the necessary time and effort, and good performance leads to good outcomes.
Humphries remained professional and realistic, as usual, when speaking on his head coach’s decision on confirming him as the slot receiver.
“Yeah, I mean obviously, it’s early in camp and we still got a lot of work to do,” Humphries said. “Obviously, that’s good to hear from the head man, but got to keep the edge and keep working hard every day and I’ve got to earn the spot every day no matter what he says. I can mess up or I can keep getting better and that’s what I’m going to do.”