Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 3 tilt versus the Rams, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
Griffin's inactive status is expected to endure throughout the season as long as Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon remain healthy.
The Bucs' third quarterback is expected to be inactive in the majority of, if not all, games in which both Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon are healthy, barring any move up the depth chart.
Griffin completed 23 of 38 passes for 190 yards with a touchdown and interception in Wednesday's 20-13 preseason loss to the Redskins.
The Bucs' presumed third-string signal-caller got valuable time behind center, as Mike Glennon only attempted five passes on the night before giving way to Griffin. The Tulane product's interception was rather unsightly, as it came on an ill-advised lob into the middle of the field under pressure that was intended for Austin Seferian-Jenkins but was picked off on a tip. Griffin did redeem himself somewhat with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Bernard Reedy, but averaged just five yards per attempt. As previously stated by head coach Dirk Koetter, Griffin is expected to survive final cuts and spend another season behind Mike Glennon on the depth chart before presumably ascending to the top backup role in 2017 if the latter departs next offseason as expected.
Griffin's chances of making the final roster received a strong endorsement from head coach Dirk Koetter, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I think it's safe (to say) that we're probably going to keep three quarterbacks," Koetter said Monday. "We put a lot of time into Ryan Griffin and I think he's proving that he's capable of being a backup in this league. The second thing, obviously, it's not a big secret that Mike Glennon is going into the last year of his contract. Jameis (Winston) is our quarterback for the long haul, but we've got to have a 2, and those guys take so long to train ... I mean, we've invested a full year into (Griffin's) training. ... He's done a good job when he's on the field and we think he's got a chance to be here longterm."
The 26-year-old's job appears safe, which isn't exactly surprising given his experience in the current offensive system and generally solid training camp and preseason. Griffin was 13-for-23 for 148 yards in the preseason opener versus the Eagles and has been serviceable in limited action over the last two weeks against the Jaguars and Browns. After signing with the Bucs in September of last season following his release from the Saints, Griffin spent the 2015 campaign as Tampa's third quarterback, which afforded him a season-long immersion in Koetter's playbook. He's slated to serve as the emergency signal-caller once again in 2016, but as Koetter's comments imply, the Tulane product could also find himself as Jameis Winston's primary backup come 2017. Griffin should also see extended action in Wednesday night's preseason finale against the Redskins.
The 26-year-old received extended action in the second half and mostly looked sharp, but did see two of his passes find their way into the hands of the opposition. Griffin was also taken down once on the night and emerged from the contest with a forgettable 39.8 passing rating. The former Saint does have the confidence of head coach Dirk Koetter, however, and would vault into the No. 2 job were the on-again, off-again trade rumors surrounding Mike Glennon ever to come to fruition.
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