It was supposed to be just a long field goal attempt to end the first half for the Lions on Friday against the Bucs, but when Matt Prater’s 62 yard kick came up short, the real excitement began.
That’s when veteran slot receiver Adam Humphries caught the missed field goal and legally, brought the ball out of the endzone for a return on the final play before halftime.
If you missed the moment, here it is courtesy of CBS’ national coverage with Greg Gumbel on the call:
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Just like the famous college Auburn “Kick Six” return in their dramatic rivalry win over Alabama in 2013, as Humphries moved up field (photo above), it was obvious that the Bucs had the “wall” set up.
And because most of the Lions were offensive linemen for the field goal, there was not a lot of hope that once Humphries raced to the far sideline, that they would be able to run with him.
As the video shows, the fourth year veteran, who is straight out of the Wes Welker-Julian Edleman type mode of player, knew how to use his blocks and then cut back to the middle of the field.
“It’s something that we have only practiced once,” Humphries told the media post game, when asked if they had been practicing that return during training camp.
When a follow up was asked about him having enough “gas left” to get to the end zone after such a long run, Humphries replied, “when I saw the end zone, I was basically on adrenaline at that point.”
So, was the Bucs crowd that had braved a one hour lightning and heavy rain delay prior to the start of the game. They roared with approval as Humphries weaved his way downfield and then finished off the TD.
Even though there aren’t official record book stats for preseason games, it’s still (obviously) the longest play in Bucs franchise history.
And it’s yet another example of why the undersized but hard working Humphries continues to show value and will be part of the Bucs 2018 plans at slot receiver and a potentially, as a returner, too.
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