Ryan Griffin

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback #4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback #4

Ryan Griffin News

Retuns to Bucs' practice squad

Griffin was signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad Wednesday, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Griffin will return to the Buccaneers' for an eighth consecutive season, making him the longest tenured quarterback in franchise history. That being said, the 32-year-old has not appeared in a game since 2020 and has thrown four total regular season passes since entering the league in 2013. Griffin will most likely spend the entire season on the practice squad barring any injuries.

Aug 31, 2022 7:22 AM EST

Waived by Buccaneers

Griffin was waived by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Griffin re-signed with the Buccaneers in March, but he will now look for another opportunity as the team opted to keep Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask as the two reserve options behind Tom Brady to open the 2022 campaign. The quarterback has been with the Buccaneers organization since 2015 and will likely return to the team's practice squad once he clears waivers.

Aug 30, 2022 9:49 AM EST

Stays with Bucs

The Buccaneers havere-signed Griffin.

Analysis: Griffin, who has been with the Bucs since September of 2015, spent last season on Tampa Bay's practice squad. Now that he's back in the fold, the 32-year-old will remain in the team's backup QB mix (along with 2021 second-rounder Kyle Trask) behind returning starter Tom Brady.

Mar 31, 2022 1:28 PM EST

Moves back to practice squad

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

Analysis: Griffin was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Rams despite the bump up from the practice squad. The 32-year-old has been with Tampa Bay since 2015, but he hasn't taken a snap in a regular-season game since 2019.

Jan 24, 2022 5:31 PM EST

Elevated to practice squad

The Buccaneers elevated Griffin from their practice squad Saturday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Griffin spent the entire regular season on Tampa Bay's practice squad, but he'll provide additional depth at quarterback behind Tom Brady in Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Rams. Assuming Brady remains healthy, Griffin is unlikely to take the field.

Jan 22, 2022 1:11 PM EST

Released by Tampa Bay

Griffin was released by the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Buccaneers will seemingly keep two quarterbacks -- Blaine Gabbert and rookie second-round pick Kyle Trask -- to back up Tom Brady. Griffin has thrown just four regular-season passes since entering the NFL in 2013. He'll be a practice-squad candidate.

Aug 31, 2021 4:56 PM EST

Unremarkable over two exhibitions

Griffin is 12-for-22 for 92 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions over the Buccaneers' first two preseason games.

Analysis: Griffin has put together matching 6-for-11 tallies in that pair of exhibitions, and with an average of just 4.2 yards per attempt, he's clearly been limited to short throws. The 31-year-old did not attempt a pass last season as the third quarter, and with head coach Bruce Arians having previous experience with last season's No. 2 Blaine Gabbert, it appears Griffin could be headed to another year of perpetual inactive status if he does stick on the roster.

Aug 23, 2021 6:15 PM EST

Staying with Tampa

Griffin is re-signing with the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Griffin was the team's No. 3 quarterback last season, stuck behind Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert all year. Gabbert is currently a free agent, but the Bucs still have plenty of time to re-sign him or bring in someone else to compete for the backup job. At the moment, Brady and Griffin are the only QBs on the roster.

Apr 20, 2021 6:38 AM EST

Won't dress for Week 15

Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Falcons.

Analysis: The Tulane standout remains without a game appearance in 2020, as Blaine Gabbert continues to slot in as the backup quarterback behind Tom Brady. For his career, Griffin has only attempted four passes over two regular-season contests.

Dec 20, 2020 9:04 AM EST

Remains out Sunday

Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Broncos, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Griffin remains the No. 3 QB behind Tom Brady and Blaine Gabbert, so he'll likely remain inactive unless one of the aforementioned two get hurt.

Sep 27, 2020 12:23 PM EST

Inactive against Panthers

Griffin (coach's decision) has been listed among the Buccaneers' inactive players for Sunday's matchup against Carolina, per the team's official Twitter account.

Analysis: The 30-year-old signal-caller will not put on a uniform Sunday, as it will instead be former first-round pick Blaine Gabbert who serves as a backup behind Tom Brady. Griffin attempted the first four regular-season passes of his career last year for Tampa Bay, but with Gabbert in the mix, he's been moved to the inactive list for Sunday's intradivisional clash.

Sep 20, 2020 9:12 AM EST

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.

Jan 7, 2020 6:44 PM EST

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.

Dec 10, 2019 5:15 PM EST

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.

Sep 24, 2019 12:55 PM EST

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.

Aug 29, 2019 8:23 PM EST

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.

Aug 24, 2019 6:21 AM EST

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.

Aug 17, 2019 9:56 AM EST

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.

Aug 10, 2019 12:10 PM EST

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.

Mar 25, 2019 3:22 PM EST

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.

Mar 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

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