The Cleveland Browns could explore adding another wide receiver this off-season, and free agent Adam Humphries could be the perfect fit for the offense.
When Cleveland Browns fans talk about the team needs this off-season, there is always a debate about whether adding a wide receiver is important.
The Browns wide receiver corps does not have a bona fide No. 1, even though they are paying Jarvis Landry as such. Without a true No. 1 receiver, there is a belief that the Browns offense would not live up to its full potential.
But last season, quarterback Baker Mayfield proved that he does not need a superstar wide receiver to pick apart defenses. He will use the weapons he has and distributes the ball evenly among his targets.
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Since Mayfield and the Browns passing offense thrived without a No.1 receiver, it would make sense for the team to add a reliable receiver, if they decide they need to add a wide receiver this off-season.
One name that sticks out the most, and a player that has people already connecting the dots to the Browns, is Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Adam Humphries. Humphries had a breakout season in 2018 and is hitting the free agent market at the perfect time for himself.
The 26-year-old wide receiver caught 76 passes for 816 yards and five touchdowns in 2018, the best season of his four-year career. He had a catch rate of 72.4 percent, which would have been the second best for Browns receivers.
Humphries primarily played in the slot for the Buccaneers, which the Browns already have a couple of receivers that are better fits in the slot: Landry and Rashard Higgins. However, Freddie Kitchens showed that he can move his receivers around the formation and still have success.
With his high catch rate, even with mediocre quarterback play in Tampa Bay with Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Humphries would fit in well with what the Browns do. Humphries thrives in the short and intermediate parts of the field. The Browns like to take advantage of these areas of the field to help open up the vertical part of their offense.
And after the Browns receivers struggled with drops in 2018, having a sure-handed receiver like Humphries would be welcomed. Humphries only dropped three passes in 2018, according to Pro Football Focus.
With the Browns also hiring former Buccaneers offensive coordinator and wide receviers coach, Todd Monken, Humphries now has a connection in Cleveland. Considering how well Humphries developed and played under Monken, then Monken may look to reunite with his former wide receiver.
The Browns do have two wide receivers set to be free agents this off-season: Higgins (restricted free agent) and Breshad Perriman (unrestricted free agent). The Browns want to re-sign both players. But if one or both of the players do not return to Cleveland, then adding Humphries would make even more sense.
If the Browns want to add another wide receiver this off-season, then Humphries is a player that makes a lot of sense for them. If he fits in the Browns price range, then Cleveland should make him one of their free agent targets.