D. J. Humphries

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D. J. Humphries
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Humphries in 2015 NFL preseason
No. 74 – Arizona Cardinals
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1993-12-28) December 28, 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth: Charlotte, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school: Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek
College: Florida
NFL Draft: 2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 14, 2016
Games Played: 13
Games Started: 13
Player stats at NFL.com

Dierrias J. Humphries Jr. (born December 28, 1993) is an American football offensive tackle for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Florida. Humphries won the 2011 Anthony Muñoz Award, awarded to the best lineman in high school football.

High school career[edit]

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Humphries attended Mallard Creek High School, where he was a three-sport athlete in football, basketball and track. He was an All-American offensive lineman, clearing the way for 2000-yard rusher Jela Duncan, and helping protect quarterback Marquise Williams. Humphries started since his freshman season and did not allow a sack over the final three years of his prep career. In 2011, Humphries helped Mallard Creek to a 13–1 record and berth in the NCHSAA Class 4AA State Semifinals, where they were upset 41–27 by Greensboro (NC) Page.[1] In track & field, Humphries competed in the shot put (top-throw of 48 ft 9 in, or 15.25 m) and the discus (105 ft 3 in, or 32.15 m).[2]

Regarded as a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Humphries was ranked as the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect of his class.[3] Rivals compared him to D'Brickashaw Ferguson.[4] Recruited by virtually every Division I program in the country, Humphries chose Florida over offers from Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina, among others.

College career[edit]

Humphries enrolled in January 2012 to participate in spring practice. As a true freshman, he appeared in all 12 games, starting three (South Carolina, Missouri, and Louisiana–Lafayette). He graded out at 80 percent or better six times, including 100 percent against Texas A&M and Tennessee. Humphries was named First Team Offense SEC Coaches' All-Freshman (OL) and Sporting News Freshman All-America.[5] He played the first seven games of his sophomore season in 2013, before suffering a season-ending injury. As a junior in 2014, he played in 10 games, missing two due to injury.

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
307 lb
(139 kg)
33 58 in
(0.85 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
5.12 s 1.84 s 3.02 s 4.64 s 7.87 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
8 ft 8 in
(2.64 m)
26 reps
All values from NFL Combine

After his junior season, Humphries entered the 2015 NFL Draft, and was selected with the 24th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals.[6][7] He was the highest selected Florida offensive lineman since Mike Pouncey in 2011.

On June 1, 2015, the Cardinal signed Humphries to a four-year, $8.91 million rookie contract with $7.26 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4.74 million.[8]

Throughout his rookie training camp and in the preseason, Humphries displayed revolting play in practice and preseason. Arizona Cardinal's head coach Bruce Arians nicknamed him "knee-deep", explaining that you need to keep "A knee in his ass everyday" to keep him motivated.[9]

He started his rookie season as the Cardinal's third right tackle on their depth chart, behind veterans Earl Watford and Bobby Massie. During his rookie season, he was inactive for all 16 regular season games and both postseason contests. He was the only first round draft pick in 2015 to be inactive the entire season.[10]

To begin his second season with the Cardinals, Humphries was named the starting right tackle to begin the regular season. He had his professional debut and first career start in the Arizona Cardinal's season opening 21-23 loss to the New England Patriots. On November 27, 2016, he made his first career start at left tackle in a 19-38 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Starting left tackle Jared Veldheer suffered a torn triceps a few games prior and Humphries replaced the struggling John Wetzel who was in place of Veldheer.[11] On December 11, 2016, Humphries suffered a concussion during the first half of a Week 14 23-26 loss to the Miami Dolphins.[12]

Personal life[edit]

His father, also named D. J. Humphries, played college football and basketball at Presbyterian College, as well as in the Arena Football League.[13][14]


  1. ^ "Page knocks off No. 1 Mallard Creek". ESPN. November 28, 2011. 
  2. ^ "D.J. Humphries". Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Rivals.com offensive tackles 2012". Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Rivals.com Football Recruiting - The first five-stars: D.J. Humphries". Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Sporting News' 2012 Freshman All-American team". Sporting News. December 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ "D.J. Humphries, Jeff Driskel moving on from Gators". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Florida OT D.J. Humphries intends to enter 2015 NFL Draft". NFL.com. Retrieved June 29, 2015. 
  8. ^ "sportrac.com: D.J. Humphries contract". sportrac.com. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ "NFL.com: D.J. Humphries one of the most disappointing rookies". Arizonasports.com. November 17, 2015. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ Kent Somers (May 20, 2016). "Arizona Cardinal's D.J. Humphries humbled, set to start". azcentral.com. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  11. ^ Kevin Zimmerman (November 27, 2016). "Cardinal's OL DJ Humphries makes first start at left tackle". arizonasports.com. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  12. ^ Jess Root (December 12, 2016). "D.J. Humphries, Jermaine Gresham miss practice for Cardinals". cardswire.com. Retrieved December 16, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Young father committed life to raising son". Rivals.com. August 16, 2011. 
  14. ^ "D.J. Humphries hungry to succeed". ESPN. January 7, 2012. 

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