Griffin signed a three-year deal with the Texans on Saturday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. After catching 49 total passes in his first three seasons, Griffin blew up with 50 grabs in 2016, racking up 442 yards and two touchdowns. He and C.J. Fiedorowicz comprise a promising tight end corps for the Texans. Additionally, Griffin's return will be a significant road block for Stephen Anderson, who saw just 130 snaps as a rookie in 2016.
Griffin was targeted three times but did not have a reception in Saturday's 34-16 loss to the Patriots in their division-round playoff game. Houston's offense was a mess for much of the season, but the emergence of its tight ends was a bright spot. Griffin was targeted 74 times, catching 50 of them for 442 yards and two touchdowns. Both he and C.J. Fiedorowicz had career-best seasons in 2016. Not bad timing for Griffin, who enters free agency in the offseason. He's proven to be a capable target, catching 65 percent of his targets over the first four years of his career, and should generate interest on the market.
Griffin caught three of four targets for 29 yards in Houston's 27-14 win over Oakland in Saturday's AFC wild-card round playoff game. Quarterback Brock Osweiler got into a rhythm early using Griffin, who was the target on four of the first six attempts, Houston's tight ends have been Osweiler's safe house this season. While we expect the running game to figure prominently in next week's game plan against Kansas City or New England, when Osweiler throws, he often looks to Griffin or C.J. Fiedorowicz.
Griffin caught two of four targets for 10 yards in Houston's 24-17 loss to Tennessee in Week 17. Griffin, whose season continues onto the playoffs when the Texans host the Raiders on Saturday, finishes the regular season with career-highs in targets (74), receptions (50) and yards (442). It was surprising to see Houston involve their tight ends more in the passing attack -- fellow TE C.J. Fiedorwicz also broke through with 89 targets and 54 catches -- but they became a necessity as quarterback Brock Oswieler never consistently got on the same page with the team's wide receivers. As such, the passing attack pivoted to short-to-medium range options. Griffin picked a fine time to set career-highs as he enters the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.
Griffin saw two targets but was held without a catch during the Texans' 12-10 victory over the Bengals on Saturday. With C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) back in the lineup, Griffin didn't come close to matching last week's 85-yard effort as he saw just 19 offensive snaps compared to Fiedorowicz's 43 and clearly operated as the Texans' No. 2 tight end. However, this was the first time all season Griffin has been held without a catch, so expect him to be more involved in Houston's season finale next week against the Titans.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||@New England Patriots||9||6.00|
|5||10/09||Kansas City Chiefs||7||5.41|
|10||11/12||@Los Angeles Rams||6||5.25|
|14||12/10||San Francisco 49ers||19||7.25|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||42||27||261||2||12||9.67||38|