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Bucs’ Adam Humphries catches on as team’s No. 3 wide receiver

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He came in through the back door: undrafted, unrecognized, unaccalimed.

But as of Monday, Adam Humphries is the Tampa Bay Bucs’ new third receiver.

Humphries, who caught 27 passes for 260 yards as a rookie, was named as the Bucs’ third receiver Monday by coach Dirk Koetter.

“Let’s just end the big mystery about this number three wide receiver, okay?” Koetter said. “Adam Humphries is going to be our number three wide receiver. You talk about the definition of consistent players, there’s Adam’s picture right there, [a] consistently strong player.

“Adam’s going to be our slot receiver and then the battle for four, five, six and beyond, there’s some really good competition.”

For Humphries, the opportunity came when receiver Louis Murphy, trying to overcome a knee injury, was placed on PUP.

“I’m not surprised by it at all,” quarterback Jameis Winston said. “Adam is a great player for us. He’s a third-down machine for us. He’s had a great camp and last year he was one of my best targets. You think about the first play 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 definitely trust that guy with all my heart. I know Coach Koetter trusts him and this team trusts him. So that’s a big thing for him, I’m pretty sure when he hears that he’s going to work even harder.”

Humphries came to the Bucs as an undrafted free agent from Clemson.

“Obviously, that’s good to hear from the head man, but I’ve got to keep the edge and keep working hard every day, and I’ve got to earn the spot every day no matter what he says,” Humphries said. “I can mess up, or I can keep getting better, and that’s what I’m going to do.

I just came out here with an edge. When I came out here last year no one knew me, [I] didn’t really know anyone out here, so I just tried to work hard and get noticed. But it’s good to come in this year and be a guy that the quarterback can rely on and just earn that number three spot.”

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