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, and both he and fellow tight end 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 option in the passing game, 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.
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.
He caught balls from multiple quarterbacks, as starting signal-caller Brock Osweiler was benched midway through the second quarter in favor of Tom Savage. The quarterback switch seemed to be the spark that ignited their come-from-behind victory. It is unclear who will be throwing in Griffin's direction next week, but odds would seemingly favor the team sticking with Osweiler, given his offseason contract. The eight catches matched a season high for Griffin, who will look to carry that momentum into a matchup against the Bengals on Christmas Eve, though he may have to yield some looks if C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) returns.
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