Titans begin retooling receiver group with Adam Humphries

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the Buccaneers, Adam Humphries was surrounded by quality receivers in Mike Evans, Desean Jackson and Chris Godwin.

Together Tampa Bay’s top four combined for 264 catches, 3,956 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2018. Humphries accounted for 76 receptions, 816 yards and five scores of those giant totals.Humphries

The Titans, far less receiver-based, as always, got 139 catches for 1,774 and seven TDs from their four most productive receivers. [Unlocked]

Two NFL Network colleagues report Humphries is going to be the Titans’ newest receiver on Wednesday. Tennessee’s hope will be that he can do the same quality work or more out of the slot for Marcus Mariota despite playing with much lesser receivers around him, at least as the roster stands as news of his addition breaks.

One of the reporters, Mike Garofalo, says the four-year deal will be worth #36 million.

Humphries is a self-made player who joined the Bucs after getting a chance as a rookie tryout guy in 2015. Jon Robinson scouted his senior season at Clemson for Tampa Bay and watched him crush that try out, earn an undrafted free agent deal and pan out.

Depending on what else the Titans add, I would think he would start opposite Corey Davis in a base set and then be in the slot in three-wide.

I've seen a couple of reports that the Patriots were the Titans' primary competition for Humphries. Given the presence of Julian Edelman, who does his best work out of the slot, New England clearly saw potential for both he and Humphries to play outside at times.

Perhaps his presence will prompt the Titans to play more three-wide. He was No. 2 on the wish list I published this morning.

His addition bumps Taywan Taylor and Tajae Sharpe down a notch, and the Titans certainly still have room for more.

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