New Titans receiver Adam Humphries says he is a man of his word, but the New England Patriots tested it with a late push for the young wide receiver.
Humphries was in Nashville Thursday to sign his 4-year, $36-million deal and confirmed the Patriots were after him, even after he agreed to terms with the Titans.
They are the reigning Super Bowl champs, they have Tom Brady so yeah, he said it was not easy, “That was something I was weighing the options between both teams. It was tough, obviously, they’ve had a lot of success with guys similar to me.”
The Titans had more than a more lucrative offer for Humphries though, they had an ace in the hole, their General Manager.
“First off there’s a comfort level with Jon Robinson,” Humphries said, “you know he was in Tampa and he was one of the guys who stood on the table for me there as a rookie tryout. Just supported me and when he got here you know they needed some help in the receiving room and hopefully, I can come in the slot and be of help.”
As an undrafted rookie out of Clemson Humphries made the Bucs after he was invited to camp after auditioning for the team. He fits Robinson’s mold of self-made players who overachieve and do not take no for an answer. He fits the Titans mold.
So it is one thing to bring stats and get money, but Humphries said it is another to know you are the boss’s guy. Just coming in and knowing the leader of this team is a big supporter of me and knows my game and knows what I can bring to the table. It just brings a different level of comfort for me coming in here.
Now he has to give Marcus Mariota something he did not have all of last season, a reliable slot receiver who can get open quickly in critical situations.
Humphries knows his role. “I anticipate being the slot guy here. Honestly, whatever they need me to do I’m ready to do it. “
And after catching 76 passes for over 800 yards last season he knows what the position requires to be successful, “A feel for the game, a feel for coverages. Just being on the same page with the quarterback on hots and blitzes. Just being a security blanket for him.”
“If” he can be that security blanket and “if” Roger Saffold can shore up the offensive line and “if” Delanie Walker comes back 100 percent then maybe, just maybe we can see a big leap from a Titans offense that was 29th in passing last season.