The Denver Broncos are expected to be in on the wide receiver market in free agency, and Tampa Bay’s Adam Humphries could be an option.
The Denver Broncos are expected to show interest in wide receivers during the 2019 NFL free agency period. One player who could be of interest is Tampa Bay’s Adam Humphries.
According to Mike Klis, that was the word at the 2019 Scouting Combine.
Humphries could be looking to take advantage of a relatively weak market at the wide receiver position, and some team besides the Broncos might be willing to pay him a lot more money than they should based on his production, but this is definitely a good football player.
Is he worth WR1 money?
Humphries is not a traditional burner, by any means, but he has respectable 4.53 speed and has been productive as a number two receiver for the Buccaneers.
The question I would have with adding a guy like Humphries is whether or not he would take up the kind of cash that would push Emmanuel Sanders off the roster. I would like this move significantly less if it meant losing Sanders, but at the same time, someone’s going to come in and take snaps from either Courtland Sutton or DaeSean Hamilton, who should be featured options in Denver’s offense going forward.
So what does Humphries bring to the table?
Humphries is a slot who can move the chains effectively and consistently in the short-intermediate part of the field. He’s also very savvy after the catch and has a great feel and understanding of where the chains are when he sits down in his route.
At just 25 going on 26, Humphries is one of the best young players at his position on the free agent market. He’s a very crafty route runner and does a good job catching the ball in traffic and away from his body.
He creates separation with suddenness and quickness in his routes and caught 72.4 percent of his targets this past season, the same exact percentage Emmanuel Sanders caught with the Broncos.
If the Broncos are looking for a guy who can take the top off a defense, Humphries is probably not the ideal solution. But Emmanuel Sanders is still a burner when healthy and probably prefers to play outside versus the slot.
Though adding Humphries would be an exciting move for the Broncos, I think it makes more sense for them to go for a vertical player in free agency or the draft at a fraction of the cost.