Ryan Griffin will compete for the backup quarterback job in Bucs training camp this summer. He could see some playing time - Jameis Winston hasn't played a 16-game season since 2016 - but until it happens, he should only be placed on a Fantasy bench as a final-round pick in two-QB leagues.
Griffin will compete for Tampa Bay's backup quarterback role after the team signed fellow quarterback Blaine Gabbert on Monday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Griffin served as Tampa's third quarterback for the vast majority of the 2018 campaign, eventually bumping ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick for the No. 2 spot over the final two weeks. Given that Griffin hasn't attempted a pass in a regular-season game, Gabbert certainly will push him for the backup job.
Griffin is re-signing with Tampa Bay on a two-year contract. Griffin served as Tampa's third quarterback for the vast majority of the 2018 campaign, eventually bumping ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick for the No. 2 spot over the final two weeks. Given that Griffin has never attempted a pass in a regular-season game, the Buccaneers likely will bring in competition for the backup job before training camp. Fitzpatrick is an unrestricted free agent and likely will sign elsewhere.
Griffin is the sole backup to Jameis Winston again Week 17 with Ryan Fitzpatrick declared inactive versus the Falcons, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. The 29-year-old will thus have another opportunity to garner his first taste of NFL game action, something coach Dirk Koetter specifically noted was on the team's radar during his Monday press conference following the Week 16 loss to the Cowboys. Sunday's game against the Falcons is essentially for draft positioning and pride for the division rivals, so Griffin could well see the field at some point in the second half.
Coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that the team would like to give Griffin his first NFL regular-season snaps in the Buccaneers' Week 17 matchup with the Falcons, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "The guy's been here for three years," Koetter said of Griffin. "He's worked his tail off." Though Griffin has been on either the New Orleans or Tampa Bay active rosters for much of the past six seasons, the 29-year-old remarkably has yet to make his NFL debut, even in a kneel-down scenario or as a holder on special teams. Griffin took a step toward getting work by moving ahead of Ryan Fitzpatrick on the depth chart in Week 16, and he may finally get a chance to showcase his skills in the season finale in what would most likely amount to a brief cameo. While the Bucs would probably like to get a look at Griffin outside of preseason action before he hits unrestricted free agency this March, Tampa Bay is presumably inclined to continue handing the bulk of the snaps to starter Jameis Winston, whose standing on the roster in 2019 hasn't been formally decided.
Griffin is active and will operate as the backup quarterback in Sunday's game against Dallas, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Griffin has been behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jameis Winston on the depth chart all season, but he's operating as the No. 2 passer Sunday. With the Buccaneers out of playoff contention, Griffin could see the field for the first regular-season action of his career as the team looks to see what they have in the young quarterback.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||San Francisco 49ers||29||22.88|
|3||09/22||New York Giants||13||18.75|
|4||09/29||@Los Angeles Rams||17||19.63|
|5||10/06||@New Orleans Saints||28||22.78|
|11||11/17||New Orleans Saints||28||22.78|
|3 Year Avg||0.0||0||0||0||0||0||0|