Ryan Griffin

Chicago Bears
Tight End #84
Chicago Bears
Tight End #84

Ryan Griffin News

Heads toward free agency

Griffin wasn't targeted in the Bears' 29-13 loss to the Vikings in Week 18, and ended the season with four receptions for 26 yards over 15 games played.

Analysis: Griffin came into this season with six seasons of at least 244 receiving yards, the 32 year old had the worst season of his career because he was targeted less than once per game. It's possible he re-emerges next year as a depth tight end, as he's now an unrestricted free agent.

Jan 8, 2023 5:29 PM EST

No yardage in defeat

Griffin failed to corral is lone target in the Bears' 41-10 loss to the Lions on Sunday.

Analysis: Griffin is primarily used as a blocker, and he has four catches 26 yards on the season. It's unlikely he'll have much fantasy production in Week 18 against Minnesota.

Jan 1, 2023 4:47 PM EST

Targeted once in defeat

Griffin caught a two-yard pass in the Bears' 35-13 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: Griffin has caught four passes for 26 yards on the season, and his lack of usage will make him an unreliable fantasy option in Week 17 against the Lions.

Dec 24, 2022 3:11 PM EST

Records one reception

Griffin tallied a five-yard reception in the Bears' 33-14 win over the Patriots on Monday.

Analysis: Griffin now has three catches for 24 yards on six targets over five games played. Playing as the No. 2 tight end in a low-volume passing offense will likely continue to limit his opportunities as a receiver.

Oct 25, 2022 4:03 AM EST

Posts no stats in loss

Griffin was targeted once in the Bears' 12-7 loss to the Commanders on Thursday.

Analysis: Griffin was wide open in the end zone on his only target, but Justin Fields overthrew the ball. In four games played this year, Griffin has two catches for 19 yards on five targets, and he's not currently seeing enough targets to be a trusted fantasy option.

Oct 14, 2022 4:20 AM EST

Targeted once

Griffin posted a one-yard reception in the Bears' 29-22 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: After missing the last two games with an Achilles' injury, Griffin returned to his role as the No. 2 tight end behind Cole Kmet. He's caught two passes over three games, giving him limited fantasy upside.

Oct 9, 2022 6:44 PM EST

Cleared for Week 5

Griffin doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's matchup against the Vikings.

Analysis: Griffin has missed back-to-back games due to an Achilles issue and was limited at practices throughout the week, but he'll still be good to go for Week 5. Across his first two appearances of the season, the veteran tight end caught one of three targets for 18 yards over 41 offensive snaps.

Oct 7, 2022 12:45 PM EST

Limited in practice Wednesday

Griffin (Achilles) was listed as a limited participant on the Bears' injury report Wednesday.

Analysis: Griffin did not suit up for Chicago's last two practices and was listed as doubtful before sitting out for the second straight game against the Giants. The 32-year-old has not played since suffering an Achilles injury in Week 2 against the Packers, leaving Trevon Wesco and Jake Tonges to step in behind starting tight end Cole Kmet. Griffin will have two more practices to work his way back before Sunday's game versus the Vikings.

Oct 5, 2022 6:58 PM EST

Grounded for Week 4

Griffin (Achilles) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Griffin was listed as doubtful for Sunday's game, and he will indeed watch the contest from the bench. With Griffin out, Cole Kmet should get as many snaps as he can handle, and Trevon Wesco is set to step in as the backup tight end.

Oct 2, 2022 8:45 AM EST

Unlikely to play Sunday

Griffin (Achilles) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants.

Analysis: Griffin didn't practice Thursday or Friday after being limited Wednesday and is trending towards a second straight absence due to a lingering Achilles issue. If he's indeed ruled out, Trevon Wesco figures to see an increased role once again in Week 4.

Sep 30, 2022 12:44 PM EST

Trending backwards

Griffin (Achilles) was a non-participant in practice Thursday.

Analysis: Griffin was unable to suit up in Week 3, but he did log a limited practice Wednesday, suggesting he may be ready for a Week 4 return. However, Griffin's participation level went backwards to a DNP on Thursday, leaving the veteran tight end's status in greater doubt. If he is unable to play Sunday against the Giants, Trevon Wesco will likely see increased opportunity once again.

Sep 29, 2022 2:19 PM EST

Listed as limited participant

Griffin (Achilles) was a limited participant during practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Griffin presumably picked up the Achilles issue during the team's Week 2 loss to the Packers and didn't practice at all before being ruled out ahead of Week 3. His return to practice is encouraging, but he likely still has a few more hurdles to clear before he's ready to return to game action.

Sep 28, 2022 1:21 PM EST

Won't play in Week 3

Griffin (Achilles) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: Griffin presumably picked up the Achilles issue during the team's Week 2 loss to the Packers. The backup tight end didn't practice at all this week and will miss at least one contest, but the extent of the issue remains unclear.

Sep 23, 2022 12:12 PM EST

Sits out Wednesday's practice

Griffin (Achilles) didn't participate in Wednesday's practice.

Analysis: Griffin caught one pass for 18 yards during Sunday's loss to the Packers, but he presumably picked up an Achilles injury as well. The extent of the issue remains unclear, but his practice participation Thursday and Friday should provide more clarity on his availability for Week 3.

Sep 21, 2022 2:08 PM EST

Targeted once in defeat

Griffin caught one pass for 18 yards in the Bears' 27-10 loss to the Packers on Sunday.

Analysis: Griffin posted his first reception of the season, but he's out-targeted teammate Cole Kmet three to two through two games. With Chicago having faced a pair of the top defenses in the NFC, it's likely that Kmet becomes a focal point of the passing attack while Griffin continues to see occasional targets.

Sep 19, 2022 4:05 AM EST

Targeted twice in win

Griffin failed to catch either of his two targets in the Bears' 19-10 win over the 49ers on Sunday.

Analysis: Griffin actually had one more target than starter Cole Kmet. In a game played on drenched field with intermittent heavy rain, the Bears often had two tight ends on the field. Going forward, Griffin will likely see no more than a couple targets per game, but he'd grow into a larger role if Kmet misses time.

Sep 11, 2022 5:39 PM EST

Secures top backup role

Griffin is the only tight end on the Bears' roster aside from Cole Kmet, according to the team's official website.

Analysis: With James O'Shaughnessy not making the team, Griffin will be on the field when the Bears use two tight end sets. In addition, should Kmet miss time, Griffin could have streamer value if pushed into a prominent role.

Aug 30, 2022 2:31 PM EST

Scores touchdown

Griffin caught a 22-yard touchdown pass in the Bears' 21-20 win against the Browns on Saturday.

Analysis: Griffin played with the first-string offense when the Bears had a second tight end on the field with Cole Kmet. On Griffin's touchdown, the Browns were unable to pressure Justin Fields while in the pocket while Griffin found an opening in the end zone, which allowed the duo to connect. Based on his usage, it would appear that Griffin has the lead over James O'Shaughnessy for the No. 2 tight end role.

Aug 28, 2022 9:16 AM EST

Not expected to suit up Saturday

Griffin (undisclosed) is not expected to play against the Chiefs in Saturday's preseason opener, Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Griffin was listed with a group of Bears' players who are battling injuries, but no specific ailment was cited. He's currently the favorite to be the top backup at tight end behind Cole Kmet. James O'Shaughnessy is Griffin's main competition for the backup role.

Aug 11, 2022 11:22 AM EST

May see slot snaps

With Cole Kmet being a traditional in-line tight end, Griffin could see slot snaps when the Bears have two tight ends on the field Alyssa Barbieri of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Although Griffin hasn't surpassed 320 yards in any of the last five seasons, his role could be similar to the role that saw him post 442 yards in 2016. In that year with the Texans, 66 percent of his catches came from the slot, which is where he's expected to operate in the Bears offense. However, he's still competing with James O'Shaughnessy for snaps behind Kmet. In addition, Griffin will be in his age-32 season, so he may not be the same level of receiver he was in his solid 2016 campaign.

Aug 9, 2022 7:34 AM EST

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