Head coach Bill O'Brien expects Griffin (Achilles) to be healthy for the start of training camp, the Texans' official site reports. Although Texans tight ends combined for just 77 targets and 41 receptions last season, Griffin did lead the way with 32 and 20, respectively, despite losing seven games to injury. The team didn't address the position with any notable free agents or draft picks, but rookie UDFA Stephen Anderson could compete for a role in the slot. Houston hasn't had a fantasy-relevant tight end since Garrett Graham put together a solid stretch during the middle of the 2013 season.
Griffin was targeted eight times and had three catches for 29 yards in Saturday's 30-0 playoff loss to the Chiefs. Griffin became the Texans primary receiving tight end once he was activated mid-season off short-term injured reserve. During the regular season, Griffin had 20 catches (34 targets) and two touchdowns in nine games. Despite Griffin's eight targets in the playoff loss, the tight end position has never evolved into a big target in head coach Bill O'Brien's passing offense.
Griffin (Achilles) caught all three of his targets for 30 yards in Houston's 30-6 win over Jacksonville in Week 17. Griffin finishes the season on an up note, having caught all six targets over the final three weeks of the regular season. In the game prior to the three-game finishing stretch, Griffin had caught one of six targets with a couple of high-profile drops in a loss to New England.
Griffin caught his lone target for 13 yards in Sunday's win over the Titans. Griffin looked like he could provide an out-of-nowhere mid-season bump when he scored touchdowns in Week 12 and 13, but his production has dropped over the past three weeks with just four catches on nine targets for 63 yards.
Griffin caught both of his targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Colts. Last week, Griffin had his hands on a few targets that he couldn't haul in, but there was no repeat of that performance in Week 15. He's caught 15 of 26 targets in the six weeks since coming off short-term IR.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/18||Kansas City Chiefs||5||5.67|
|3||09/23||@New England Patriots||6||6.00|
|12||11/27||San Diego Chargers||22||8.00|
|13||12/04||@Green Bay Packers||21||7.78|
|3 Year Avg||26||16||195||1||11||12.19||25|