Garrett Griffin

Detroit Lions
Tight End #45
Detroit Lions
Tight End #45

Garrett Griffin News

Goes back to practice squad

Griffin reverted back to the Lions' practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Griffin saw his first action of the 2022 season playing 10 snaps on offense and another seven on special teams. Considering the Lions have spread the ball around to all three of the tight ends on the active roster, it's possible the long-time Saints target could carve out a target or two down the stretch provided he's activated once more.

Dec 26, 2022 9:23 PM EST

Gets call to active roster

The Lions elevated Griffin to the active roster Friday ahead of Saturday's game against the Panthers.

Analysis: Griffin has yet to play this season, but he'll have a chance to see the field in Week 16 after getting called up to the active roster. Last year, he made 13 appearances for the Saints and caught all four of his targets for 39 yards, but given the Lions' tight end corps is fully healthy, it's likely Griffin operates primarily on special teams against Carolina.

Dec 23, 2022 2:29 PM EST

Lands on practice squad

Detroit signed Griffin to the practice squad Wednesday, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Lions cut Griffin back in mid-August, but he now returns in an emergency reserve role. The four-year veteran is a capable blocker and suited up for 13 games with the Saints last season.

Sep 1, 2022 9:39 AM EST

Cut loose Monday

The Lions released Griffin on Monday.

Analysis: Detroit signed Griffin as a free agent in March after the Saints chose not to tender him earlier in the month. The 28-year-old missed the final four games of the 2021 season after being placed on New Orleans' IR with a hamstring injury in Week 15. Griffin has recorded five career receptions since joining the Saints in 2017, and he will now look to sign with a new team in need of tight end depth this preseason.

Aug 15, 2022 4:01 PM EST

Signs with Detroit

Griffin agreed to a contract with the Lions on Thursday, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Analysis: Griffin appeared in a career-high 13 games with the Saints in 2021 and hauled in all four of his targets for 39 yards. He wasn't tendered a contract by New Orleans in early March but will attempt to carve out a depth role with the Lions in 2022.

Mar 17, 2022 4:26 PM EST

Set to hit free agency

The Saints did not tender Griffin's contract, so he will become a free agent, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Griffin caught all four of his targets for 39 yards across 13 games in 2021. The 27-year-old tight end saw snaps on offense and special teams in every game until he suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in Week 14. However, he appears to be healthy heading into the offseason, so it's possible he draws interest from teams in search of tight end depth.

Mar 7, 2022 10:08 AM EST

Designated to return from IR

Griffin (hamstring) was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: The Saints will now have 21 days to either activate the tight end or leave him on the IR to end the season, though it may not matter considering they're on the outside looking in when it comes to making the playoffs. Griffin has been out since Dec. 18 while dealing with the hamstring issue, playing in all 13 of the Saints' games prior to the injury while making four catches for 39 yards.

Jan 5, 2022 4:44 PM EST

Placed on IR

The Saints have placed Griffin (hamstring) on injured reserve, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Saints are hopeful that Griffin will be able to return in three weeks for the regular season finale versus the Falcons. Nick Vannett and Juwan Johnson are now the only two healthy tight ends on the roster.

Dec 18, 2021 10:17 AM EST

Out for Sunday

Griffin (hamstring) is out Sunday against the Buccaneers, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: Griffin was unable to practice all week with the injury. Listed third on the Saints' tight end positional depth chart, Griffin has four catches on four targets for 39 yards this season.

Dec 17, 2021 4:43 PM EST

No catches against Atlanta

Griffin was not targeted with a pass during Sunday's 27-25 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: After catching three passes last week, Griffin returned to blocking duties for the vast majority of the game.

Nov 8, 2021 1:52 PM EST

Catches three passes

Griffin caught three of three targets for 30 yards during Sunday's 36-27 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Griffin hadn't even been targeted with a pass all season before catching three of them Sunday. However, it's possible that the Air Force product could go the rest of the season without matching this production.

Oct 31, 2021 6:13 PM EST

No role in passing game

Griffin logged 17 offensive snaps during Sunday's 38-3 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Griffin was in the starting lineup next to No. 1 tight end Adam Trautman, but Juwan Johnson was ultimately used much more as a receiver. Meanwhile, Griffin logged nearly half of the available snaps on special teams. Barring an injury to Trautman of Johnson, it seems unlikely that Griffin will ever play a significant role in the passing game.

Sep 14, 2021 9:40 AM EST

Secures roster spot

Griffin secured a roster spot at tight end, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Griffin and Juwan Johnson will stick around as depth while Adam Trautman (ankle) and Nick Vannett (knee) work their way back from minor injuries.

Aug 31, 2021 4:13 PM EST

Will return to practice

Griffin (undisclosed) is expected to return to the Saints' practice field Thursday, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Analysis: Griffin sat out of Monday's exhibition game against the Jaguars due to an undisclosed injury. His quick return to practice is a positive, as he is competing for a depth tight end role with the team. The 27-year-old has primarily been a practice squad player for New Orleans during his four-year career.

Aug 25, 2021 3:50 PM EST

Out of action Monday

Griffin (undisclosed) won't play in Monday's preseason game against the Jaguars, Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports.

Analysis: Griffin apparently got "banged up" in the Saints' last practice. He's in a battle for a roster spot as a depth tight end, so Griffin can ill afford to miss significant time due to this injury.

Aug 23, 2021 4:56 PM EST

Agrees to future contract

Griffin signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Griffin made his first NFL appearance since 2017 when he was called up for four games this year. The Air Force product totaled 91 targetless snaps on offense in that stretch. The 26-year-old will aim to secure a depth role in 2021.

Jan 19, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Goes back to practice squad

Griffin reverted to the Saints' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Griffin played 32 of 64 snaps on offense but wasn't targeted. The 26-year-old tight end could be called up again for Sunday's wild-card playoff game against the Bears if Josh Hill (hand) remains unavailable.

Jan 5, 2021 12:08 PM EST

Promoted to 53-man roster

Griffin was elevated to the Saints' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: Griffin is slated to fill in as the No. 3 tight end behind Jared Cook and Adam Trautman on Sunday against the Panthers, as Josh Hill has already been ruled out due to a hand injury.

Jan 2, 2021 3:10 PM EST

Lands on practice squad

Griffin cleared waivers Tuesday and signed with the Saints' practice squad, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Saints will move forward with Jared Cook as the clear No. 1 tight end, while Adam Trautman and Josh Hill rotate in. Griffin will serve on the Saints' scout team for the time being.

Dec 22, 2020 5:52 PM EST

Waived by New Orleans

Griffin has been waived by the Saints.

Analysis: Griffin hasn't been a factor in the Saints' offense this season, as Jared Cook, Adam Trautman and Josh Hill continue to lead the way at the team's tight end position.

Dec 19, 2020 1:58 PM EST

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