FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Adam Humphries put on a Titans uniform on Monday and made his way into the Post Exchange here on the Fort Campbell military base.
The Army officers at the entrance seemed to know him as he posed for pictures with Titans linebacker Rashaan Evans out front, and if the fans waiting inside didn’t, the name plate in front of him as he sat down helped.
Those who follow the NFL know Humphries – he’s an accomplished receiver who earned a lucrative contract with the Titans in March after four years in Tampa Bay.
But he’s not necessarily the most recognizable guy, and he knows it.
Rashaan Evans and Adam Humphries headlined Day 1 of the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Titans Caravan in Fort Campbell and Clarksville. (Photos; Susanna Nickel, Jim Wyatt)
“I’ll be sitting on a plane and someone will ask: What do (you) do?,” Humphries said with a smile. “And they don’t believe (that I play in the NFL) until they get off the plane and Google me. That’s always funny. It comes with it, 5-11, short white dude claiming he plays in the NFL. I have to (convince) people I actually play in the NFL.”
Heck, as Humphries made his way through the streets of downtown Nashville during NFL Draft weekend, he said more Tampa Bay fans recognized him than Titans fans.
“As I start to play on Sundays,” Humphries said, “hopefully my face will be out there with my name as I make some plays.”
In 2018, the 25-year-old Humphries had a career high in receptions (76), receiving yards (816) and receiving touchdowns (five) with the Buccaneers. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder became Tampa Bay’s top slot receiver while catching 219 passes for 2,329 yards and nine touchdowns over the last four seasons.
Humphries joined a Titans receiving corps that was led by receiver Corey Davis last season. Davis had 60 catches for 843 yards and four touchdowns, while receiver Taywan Taylor was second among receivers with 35 catches for 458 yards and a touchdown. Tajae Sharpe (26-316-2), Darius Jennings (11-101-0) and Cameron Batson (8-82) all had their moments as well.
Over the weekend, the Titans drafted former Ole Miss receiver A.J. Brown in the second round.
Humphries likes the group.
“It’s a bunch of guys who are humble and ready to work,” he said of the Titans receiving corps. “They all have that chip on their shoulder trying to prove a lot of people wrong and that is my kind of group.”
Humphries also likes his new quarterback – Marcus Mariota. He said he’s humble, athletic, and a hard worker.
During the course of the offseason program, Humphres said he’s concentrating on being dependable, and trust-worthy. It’s not about making one-handed catches at this point, he said.
It’s about developing chemistry, and trust.
“There’s not better way to bond with your teammates than conditioning and lifting weights and just grinding it out with them,” Humphries said. “We’ve made some good connections in the locker room and in the receiving room as well. The past couple of weeks have been awesome and Phase 2, being on the field with coaches today went really smoothly and you can tell a lot of guys are hungry and ready to win some games.”
New Titans wide receiver Adam Humphries works out with teammates during the first week of the team's offseason program at Saint Thomas Sports Park. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
Titans introduce WR Adam Humphries, G Rodger Saffold, and DE Cameron Wake during opening week of free agency. (Photos: Gary Glenn)
TitansOnline.com looks back at the first four NFL seasons of former Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries, who signed with the Titans as an unrestricted free agent. (AP Photos)