Ryan Griffin will compete for a roster spot in training camp this summer. Until he finds playing time, leave the tight end on waivers.
Griffin (groin) was waived by the Texans on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Griffin was in line to again be the Texans' top option at tight end heading into the 2019 season. It's unclear if his April arrest on charges of vandalism and public intoxication is what cost him a roster spot in Houston, but it is worth noting that Griffin was entering the final year of a three-year contract. Regardless, with the tight end now out of the picture, Jordan Thomas and rookie Kahale Warring will likely be fighting for the team's top spot at the position.
Griffin (groin) was arrested Friday night and was charged with vandalism and public intoxication, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. The tight end, who is still recovering from offseason hernia surgery, reportedly punched out his front hotel window and was forced to be detained by officers. It's worth noting the Texans drafted toolsy TE Kahale Warring in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft the same night of the incident.
Griffin caught one of five targets for six yards in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts. The Texans fell behind early and were forced to pass often, to the point that quarterback Deshaun Watson got his underused tight ends involved. Seeing Griffin and Watson not in sync is not surprising. Griffin finished the regular season with 24 receptions and 43 targets, indicating he and the quarterback weren't always on the same page. He has one year left on his deal, but given Houston's aversion to using its tight ends, the Texans may opt to part ways with Griffin. They drafted two tight ends in 2018 -- Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas -- and could save salary by letting Griffin go.
Griffin caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 20-3 win over Jacksonville. Houston's tight ends were once again a minimal part of the offense, even with the wide receiver group depleted by injury. This was the sixth time in 14 games that Griffin has been targeted one or fewer times and the ninth time with one or fewer receptions.
Griffin caught two of his four targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to Philadelphia. With no credible running attack Sunday, Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson was forced to drop back 40 times, his highest total since Week 5. That meant targets for all, including Griffin and the rest of the tight end position group. Griffin, Jordan Akins (three targets) and Jordan Thomas (one) combined to be targeted eight times. That number could increase in coming weeks with Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) done for the season, and Keke Coutee unable to get past a vexing hamstring injury that has kept him out the last four weeks.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
|3||09/22||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|6||10/13||@Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|13||12/02||New England Patriots||18||7.37|
|16||12/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||48||29||302||1||14||10.41||36|