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VOL. 44 | NO. 34 | Friday, August 21, 2020

Humphries looking for better luck, more catches in 2010

Ankle sprain took 6 games away in 2019

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“It’s great to come back in year two and have that blanket of comfortability with the guys in this locker room and our coaching staff,” Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries says.

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Adam Humphries doesn’t look like your typical NFL player. Perhaps generously listed at 5-11, 195 pounds, Humphries said he is not often taken as an NFL player when he goes out in public.

The former Clemson star, who signed with the Titans as an unrestricted free agent last year, has gotten used to people not thinking of him as a football player.

“I think it will always be a thing. I’m kind of a low-key guy, dress pretty normal. I don’t wear fashion clothing. I stick to my Nike account and rock Nike stuff wherever I go,” Humphries says.

“Most people think I’m a baseball player or a golfer, and I’m OK with that. But I just stay under the radar, and I like to just get my job done when I’m in the building and I enjoy it. It’s not that big of a deal to me.”

Humphries came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie after a standout career in college. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gave him as tryout in 2015 on the recommendation of Titans general manager Jon Robinson, who worked in the Bucs organization at the time.

Humphries slowly worked his way up the depth chart with the Bucs, and by the time he finished there in 2018 had put up a 76-reception season. When he hit free agency, Robinson and the Titans outdueled the New England Patriots for his services.

Humphries’ position coach in Tennessee, Rob Moore, says the slender wide receiver still works to perfect his craft, even after signing a four-year, $36 million deal last year.

“I think what motivates him is he came in as a (undrafted) free agent,” Moore says. “When you come in as a free agent, you’re grinding to earn every single opportunity you get. I think that’s the foundation of who he is.

“He’s had to grind, but he also has a great deal of confidence in who he is and what he brings to the table. He’s not an arrogant guy, but he’s just a confident guy who’s worked on his craft and really understands the art of route-running.

“He may come across as one of those guys who looks like an investment banker, but I think that may work to his advantage many times, as well.”

Tennessee wide receiver Adam Humphries “has a knack for finding the open spot,” says Titans quarterback Ryan Tanneyhill.

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Humphries’ first season in Nashville didn’t quite go as planned. A high ankle sprain cost him four regular season games and two more in the playoffs. He had 37 receptions for 374 yards, about half the numbers he had put up in Tampa the year before. But even in an offseason interrupted by COVID-19, Humphries says there are good things ahead for him in the Titans’ offense.

“Every year I try to pinpoint a few things to improve on, to work on in the offseason,” he says. “Not having that OTA and not having any offseason with this team, it makes it difficult to go into your summer thinking, ‘OK, this is what I need to improve on, this skillset that I need to get better at,’ but just watching film over last year.

“It’s the second year in this same offense with Arthur Smith and second year working with (Ryan) Tannehill. It’s a lot better working with someone that knows your skillset, the way you run your route, as opposed to coming in fresh and not knowing much about each other. It’s great to come back in year two and have that blanket of comfortability with the guys in this locker room and our coaching staff.”

Tannehill says he is eager to build with Humphries in 2020.

“Adam’s a great player,” Tannehill says. “I think he brings a lot to the table for us. Veteran guy, played a lot of football, he understands what we’re trying to do, he understands how to get himself open in a lot of different coverages, whether it be man or zone.

“And, hopefully, we can expand on what we did with him last year. He’s a guy we have a lot of confidence in, and I think he’s coming into the season with high expectations.

“Humphries is a guy who has a knack for finding the open spot and zone underneath, has a good feel for how to use his body, his route to find a way to get open. Like I said, just excited to have him back and I know he’s going to make a lot of plays for us this year.”

Maybe even enough plays to get him noticed a little more as a football player around Music City.

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