Ryan Griffin

Ryan Griffin

Quarterback #4
Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 208 lb.
College:Tulane
Age:30
Born:November 17, 1989
Drafted:2013 / UDFA

Ryan Griffin: Minimal role in '19

Griffin completed two of four passes for 18 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions across two appearances during the 2019 season. He also netted minus-1 yard on four rushes.

Analysis: As has been the case his entire career, Griffin's role was negligible, but he at least finally had an opportunity to see regular-season action for the first time in seven pro seasons. Griffin only was called in to handle a series for Jameis Winston during a Week 14 win over the Colts when the latter suffered what ultimately was determined to be a thumb fracture, Griffin otherwise played four snaps (but did not attempt a pass) at the end of a Week 15 blowout win over the Lions. Coach Bruce Arians team certainly didn't seem to have any sense of urgency to afford Griffin game reps ahead of a potential starting job battle in 2020, even as Winston threw multiple interceptions in six of his last eight games. Therefore, it appears likely the veteran slots into a clear backup role again in 2020, assuming Winston is brought back on the franchise tag. However, if the team reverses course on its previously stated plans to have the 2015 first overall pick back under center next season, Griffin could potentially have an opportunity to make a play for the vacancy.

January 7, 2020 6:44 PM EST

Ryan Griffin: Finally sees regular-season action

Griffin came into the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday with 12:02 remaining in the third quarter for an injured Jameis Winston (thumb) and completed two of four passes for 18 yards.

Analysis: Griffin had an opportunity to make a regular-season pass attempt for the first time in an NFL career that dates back to 2013, subbing for Winston to start the second half while the latter was having his injured hand evaluated. Griffin's stint in the contest only lasted one drive, with his two completions going to O.J. Howard (five yards) and Dare Ogunbowale (13 yards). Winston is expected to play through what has been diagnosed as a broken thumb, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports, but Griffin will stand at the ready should he be called to fill in over the last three games of the season.

December 10, 2019 5:15 PM EST

Ryan Griffin: Will remain No. 2 QB

Griffin will continue to be Jameis Winston's backup quarterback after Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: The Buccaneers were holding out hope that Gabbert could make a return, but he was unable to recover. Griffin will be Winston's backup quarterback for the remainder of the season. Whenever Winston is under center, there's always a chance he falters and his backup is called upon, although he's played well enough to avoid any speculation thus far.

September 24, 2019 12:55 PM EST

Ryan Griffin: Throws pair of picks

Griffin completed nine of 11 passes for 92 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the Buccaneers' 17-15 preseason win over the Cowboys on Thursday.

Analysis: Slated for the No. 2 quarterback job to at least start the season, Griffin saw some solid first-half action Thursday and was atypically guilty of multiple turnovers. The first of Griffin's two interceptions was returned for a pick-six by Donovan Olumba, while the second occurred at the Cowboys' 16-yard line on a pass intended for Scotty Miller. Griffin was actually very sharp otherwise before ceding duties to Vincent Testaverde, and given his play overall this preseason, he projects as a competent short-term option behind Jameis Winston to open the campaign.

August 29, 2019 8:23 PM EST

Ryan Griffin: Leads another game-winning march

Griffin completed 11 of 17 passes for 121 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 13-12 preseason win over the Browns on Friday. He also netted zero yards on his sole rush and fumbled once but recovered.

Analysis: With Blaine Gabbert exiting early in the second half with a separation of his non-throwing shoulder, Griffin stepped in for another dose of extended preseason action. Ultimately, he delivered in the closing minutes yet again, helming a mammoth 16-play, 72-yard drive that culminated in Matt Gay's game-winning 21-yard field goal. Late in the third quarter, Griffin had also been responsible for the Buccaneers' only touchdown of the contest when he fired a 20-yard scoring throw to tight end Jordan Leggett. With Gabbert now out an undetermined period, Griffin's chances of securing the top backup job likely have gone up, and he also appears set to see another solid dose of playing time in next Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys.

August 24, 2019 6:21 AM EST

Ryan Griffin: Another impressive performance

Griffin completed 14 of 21 passes for 201 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

Analysis: Griffin capped off a second straight strong preseason effort by helping set up Matt Gay's game-winning 48-yard field goal, notching a pair of completions to tight end Tanner Hudson to get the ball down to the Dolphins' 27-yard line. The veteran could hardly have made a better case for himself over the first two exhibitions, quickly demonstrating his grasp of coach Bruce Arians' offense. That's a particularly important development in Griffin's competition with Blaine Gabbert, considering the latter's one primary advantage coming into the offseason was prior experience in Arians' system. Griffin could potentially seal the backup job with a third straight productive effort when the Buccaneers face off with the Browns next Friday.

August 17, 2019 9:56 AM EST

Ryan Griffin: Eclipses 300-yard mark in opener

Griffin completed 26 of 43 passes for 330 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason loss to the Steelers on Friday.

Analysis: Griffin had no shortage of opportunity to showcase his skills, and he capitalized on the platform to demonstrate a solid grasp of coach Bruce Arians' offense. Game script worked in Griffin's favor as well, as the Buccaneers were in a trail position throughout the second half and continued throwing the ball until their final snap. Griffin particularly displayed excellent chemistry with undrafted rookie receiver Spencer Schnell and second-year tight end Tanner Hudson, with whom he connected for 14 of his completions, including several chunk plays down the stretch. Griffin's bid for the No. 2 role behind Jameis Winston certainly got off to a good start, but veteran Blaine Gabbert, who had a head start on Griffin with respect to familiarity with Arians' system, is likely to prove formidable competition for the duration of preseason.

August 10, 2019 12:10 PM EST

Ryan Griffin: Set for offseason competition

Griffin will compete for the Tampa Bay's backup quarterback role after the team signed fellow quarterback Blaine Gabbert on Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Griffin served as Tampa's third quarterback for the vast majority of the 2018 campaign, eventually bumping ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick for the No. 2 spot over the final two weeks. Given that Griffin has never attempted a pass in a regular-season game, Gabbert will certainly push him for the back up job.

March 25, 2019 3:22 PM EST

Ryan Griffin: Staying with Tampa

Griffin is re-signing with Tampa Bay on a two-year contract.

Analysis: Griffin served as Tampa's third quarterback for the vast majority of the 2018 campaign, eventually bumping ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick for the No. 2 spot over the final two weeks. Given that Griffin has never attempted a pass in a regular-season game, the Buccaneers likely will bring in competition for the backup job before training camp. Fitzpatrick is an unrestricted free agent and likely will sign elsewhere.

March 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

Ryan Griffin: Backup to Winston again

Griffin is the sole backup to Jameis Winston again Week 17 with Ryan Fitzpatrick declared inactive versus the Falcons, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The 29-year-old will thus have another opportunity to garner his first taste of NFL game action, something coach Dirk Koetter specifically noted was on the team's radar during his Monday press conference following the Week 16 loss to the Cowboys. Sunday's game against the Falcons is essentially for draft positioning and pride for the division rivals, so Griffin could well see the field at some point in the second half.

December 30, 2018 8:48 AM EST

Ryan Griffin: Could play Week 17

Coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that the team would like to give Griffin his first NFL regular-season snaps in the Week 17 matchup with the Falcons, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "The guy's been here for three years," Koetter said of Griffin. "He's worked his tail off."

Analysis: Though Griffin has been on either the New Orleans or Tampa Bay active rosters for much of the past six seasons, the 29-year-old remarkably has yet to make his NFL debut, even in a kneel-down scenario or as a holder on special teams. Griffin took a step toward getting work by moving ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick on the depth chart in Week 16, and he may finally get a chance to showcase his skills in the season finale in what would most likely amount to a brief cameo. While the Bucs would probably like to get a look at Griffin outside of preseason action before he hits unrestricted free agency this March, Tampa Bay is presumably inclined to continue handing the bulk of the snaps to starter Jameis Winston, whose standing on the roster in 2019 hasn't been formally decided.

December 27, 2018 3:25 PM EST

Ryan Griffin: Moves up depth chart

Griffin is active and will operate as the backup quarterback in Sunday's game against Dallas, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Griffin has been behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston on the depth chart all season, but he's operating as the No. 2 passer Sunday. With the Buccaneers out of playoff contention, Griffin could see the field for the first regular-season action of his career as the team looks to see what they have in the young quarterback.

December 23, 2018 9:09 AM EST

Ryan Griffin: Falls on depth chart

Griffin is a coach's decision inactive for Sunday's game against Chicago, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Griffin is the Buccaneers' No. 3 quarterback now that Jameis Winston has returned from suspension. Griffin isn't likely to see action unless both Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick face injuries.

September 30, 2018 9:57 AM EST

Ryan Griffin: Could play entire first half

Griffin could play the entire first half of Thursday's preseason finale against the Jaguars, FloridaFootballInsiders.com reports.

Analysis: Griffin will be just one play away from becoming the No. 1 quarterback over the first three games of the regular season due to Jamies Winston's suspension. Winston will not suit up Thursday, so coach Dirk Koetter will walk the fine line between getting Griffin a solid workload and not overexposing him to injury Thursday. The fifth-year pro has traditionally been utilized heavily in preseason, but never with as realistic a possibility of having to lead the first-team offense as exists heading into the 2018 season.

August 30, 2018 2:45 PM EST

Ryan Griffin: Sharp in extended time versus Dolphins

Griffin completed 20 of 26 passes for 179 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 26-24 preseason victory over the Dolphins on Thursday. He also lost a yard on his sole rush.

Analysis: Griffin played the entire second half, and as his final line, he was sharp throughout. While he averaged a modest 6.9 yards per attempt, the sixth-year quarterback went 4-for-4 on a seven-play, 67-yard late fourth-quarter march that set up a game-winning field goal by Chandler Catanzaro. However, no matter how impressive Griffin is in the Buccaneers' three remaining exhibitions, he's essentially locked into the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, although he'll bump up a notch over the first three weeks of the season while Jameis Winston serves his suspension.

August 12, 2018 7:48 PM EST

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