Saturday, April 21, 2018
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Adam Humphries announced as Bucs' No. 3 receiver

TAMPA — At the end of practice Monday, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter eliminated all the suspense over which player would be the team's No. 3 receiver behind starters Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.

"Let's just end the big mystery about this No. 3 wide receiver. Adam Humphries is going to be our No. 3 wide receiver," Koetter said. "You talk about the definition of consistent players, there's Adam Humphries' picture right there. Consistently strong player.

"I haven't told him yet, so whoever is the fastest running (among) you guys can go tell him."

A year ago at this time, Humphries was an undrafted rookie from Clemson who had been signed from a tryout camp. He finished with 27 catches for 260 yards and a touchdown.

"I just came out here with an edge," Humphries, 23, said. "When I came out here last year, no one knew me. I didn't know anyone out here. I just tried to work hard and get noticed. It's good to come in here this year and be a guy the quarterback can rely on and earn that No. 3 spot."

Humphries' rookie season didn't start well. He was the intended target on Jameis Winston's first NFL pass, which was intercepted and returned for a touchdown in the season opener.

"I'm not surprised by that at all," Winston said of the news about Humphries. "Adam is a great player for us, he's a third-down machine. He's had a great camp and last year, he was one of my best targets. I mean, you think about the first (pass) of the year, me and that guy bounced back from that quickly and had a great season together.

"That's just how it is in this game. You've got to get back up and try again, and I trust that guy with all my heart, and I know Coach Koetter trusts him and this team trusts him."

At 5 feet 10, Humphries is better suited in the slot than outside, so if either Evans or Jackson goes down, the team might need a bigger receiver to replace them, such as the 6-1 Kenny Bell.

"That will be another problem for another day," Koetter said.

Though Humphries learned from the media that he had already won the job, he said it won't change his effort.

"Obviously, it's early in camp, and we've still got a lot of work to do," he said. "That's good to hear from the head man, but you've got to keep the edge and keep working hard every day."

STANDING OUT: Another receiver drawing raves is Patriots and Eagles free agent Jonathan Krause, 24, who made a diving catch during the final team period.

"Jonathan Krause, this guy has been with two teams, with New England and Philly," Koetter said. "(GM) Jason (Licht) and his scouts, they knew about this guy, and when he popped up on the waiver wire, we had a spot for a wideout. I like what we're seeing from this kid."

HARGREAVES WILL GET FIRST REPS: First-round pick Vernon Hargreaves has been mostly with the second-team defense during the first week of training camp while he cross-trains at outside right cornerback and the nickel back position in the slot. Koetter said the former Florida star will start to get reps with the first-team defense this week.

"I don't think of that as any different than a wide receiver that learns how to play in multiple spots or an offensive lineman that learns how to play different spots," Koetter said.

"We'll start working Vernon with the first scrums on Wednesday when we get back after the (day off)."

INJURIES: WR Louis Murphy (ACL) and OL J.R. Sweezy (undisclosed) did not practice again. … OL Caleb Benenoch (ankle) was in a walking boot and on crutches. He sustained his injury in Sunday's practice.

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