As was the case in Week 1, Humphries was involved as the primary returner and shared third-receiver duties with Chris Godwin. Both Humphries and Godwin played 29 snaps apiece from scrimmage, but the latter saw four more targets overall. Godwin could eventually overtake the fourth-year wideout due to his superior overall talent, but Humphries' crafty work out of the slot should continue affording him some serviceable playing time throughout the season.
The fourth-year wideout is facing a significant threat to his No. 3 receiver role from second-year man Chris Godwin, who impressed once again Saturday with a difficult touchdown catch in traffic. Humphries logged receptions from both starter Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston on Saturday and shared the field with Godwin on occasion, so it appears head coach Dirk Koetter is experimenting with different ways to utilize the talents of both as much as possible once the regular season commences. The Clemson product is also currently slated to serve as the No. 1 punt returner, which would give him additional fantasy utility in formats that factor in return yards. Humphries will look to build on Saturday's effort against the Lions in next Friday's "dress rehearsal" game.
Humphries, who signed his restricted second-round tender on April 16, could see competition from 2018 fifth-round selection Justin Watson.
Humphries has proven to be a valuable and steady component of a Buccaneers receiving corps that's seen its fair share of injury and instability in recent seasons. The Clemson product has particularly hit his stride over the last two seasons, compiling 116 receptions for 1,253 yards and three touchdowns during that span. However, Watson profiles as a younger and considerably more athletic version (40-inch vertical, 4.42 second 40-yard dash) of the relatively slight Humphries (5-foot-11, 195 pounds). The veteran has an undeniable leg up with respect to experience in head coach Dirk Koetter's system, but Watson will have time to make up ground during mini-camps, training camp and the preseason. The Bucs already had a glut of pass catchers, with Humphries and Watson joined by fellow wideouts Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin, plus tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard (ankle).
The Bucs gave Humphries a second-round tender for approximately $2.9 million, ensuring he wouldn't get an offer sheets from another team. He was efficient in his slot role the past two seasons, but there is some chance he slips from No. 3 to No. 4 on the depth chart to accommodate 2017 third-round pick Chris Godwin, who had 209 yards over the final two weeks of his rookie season. Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson figure to operate as the starting wideouts, and the Bucs also need to find snaps for both Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard (ankle) at tight end.
Humphries did good work from the slot the past two seasons, but not to an extent that would encourage any team to surrender a second-round pick for the right to give him a multi-year contract. He would make for a decent trade target given his one-year, $2.9 million RFA contract, with a deal then opening up a spot in three-wide sets for 2017 third-round pick Chris Godwin, who caught 10 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown over the final two weeks of last season. The Bucs might also consider trading DeSean Jackson to free up the logjam of pass catchers.
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|9||11/4/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||27||260||9.6||27||1||1||0||18|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||4||55||622||11.3||42||2||7||2||27|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||3||61||631||10.3||43||1||5||1||34|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||2||13||101||7.8||20||0||1||0||5|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||4||5||18||3.6||8||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||3||1||6||6.0||6||0||0||1|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||2||1||4||4.0||4||0||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||4||47||11.8||17||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||2||17||8.5||13||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||24||22||237||9.9||25||0||2|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||6||7||49||8.2||19||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||5||2||35||7.0||16||0||0|
|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||2||1.0||1||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||3||0||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2017||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|