TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries was a big Wes Welker fan growing up and finally got to meet Welker following the Bucs' loss to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday. Humphries even posted a picture of the two on Twitter.
This man inspired me to chase my dreams of playing football. Great to finally meet him! pic.twitter.com/G1TG1AvNsj— Adam Humphries (@adamhumphries13) December 19, 2015
Humphries, an undrafted rookie, has been doing his best Welker impression lately, coming up big as the team's third-down receiver.
"I had six targets and six catches, so it was good to show the coaches that I could be a reliable receiver that game," Humphries said of Thursday's game. "Coming in as an undrafted guy, who would have thought I would do something like that? I'm pretty happy with where I am, but I'm never satisfied. I'm always trying to do better and always trying to improve."
In the previous game, against New Orleans, Humphries caught his first NFL touchdown. For the year, the receiver out of Clemson has 25 catches for 250 yards.
"I've liked everything that he has done for us from pretty much the day he got here," Bucs coach Lovie Smith said Monday. "I feel real good about Adam going forward. I know what we're going to get from him on the practice field and I think I know what we're going to get from him this Sunday too. That's about as good a compliment as I can give."
Smith said Humphries has been consistent since making the team. That's an adjective many have used to describe Welker, whose career includes five seasons of more than 100 receptions.
Welker is listed as 5-foot-9, 185 pounds. Meeting him was a big moment for Humphries, who is 5-11, 195 pounds.
"I wasn't as big a football fan as a kid, but seeing a guy like Welker play and compete and be successful in the NFL really gave me motivation to work hard," Humphries said. "There was a chance I could maybe play one day. Meeting him and playing on the same field as him was awesome. He had some good things to say after the game. We kind of chatted a little bit. It was good to meet him."