“I’ve been harping on him every day in meetings and little things that happen in practice. He’s an amazing guy to be around. He listens, he works extremely hard, he’s as talented as anyone out there. When he’s focused and locked in, not many guys can get by him. That’s what he’s shown over these last couple weeks – a guy we can count on to make big plays.”
So is Humphrey emerging as one of the top-flight corners in the league? Veteran corner Brandon Carr put a lot of thought into the question before answering.
“Last year, he was emerging. This year, he is that guy,” Carr said. “He’s had confidence. Now he’s putting it together as far as the mental part of the game, the classroom study. He has a lot of passion, a lot of fire right now. He’s a young guy with an active body, and he’s out there doing his thing.”
Safety Tony Jefferson agreed that it’s the work behind the scenes that’s taking Humphrey to the next level.
“I think it’s starting to click for him more in the film room more than anything,” Jefferson said. “Obviously, he has the intangibles to be a top-3, top-5 corner in this league.”
Humphrey came out of Alabama as one of the fastest and most physical cornerbacks in a star-studded draft class. Players such as the Saints’ Marshon Lattimore, Titans Adoree Jackson and Bills’ Tre’Davious White have overshadowed him at times.
But Humphrey knows what’s expected of him, and he’s working to get there.
““When they drafted me here, I felt like they saw a guy that could maybe step up and be the next good corner here,” Humphrey said. “I feel like they were trying to have a guy that could be the ‘CB1’. So I think I’ve been showing some strides toward that. I still have work to do.”