Griffin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's season-opening tilt against the Bills.
The veteran will give way to first-round pick Lamar Jackson as Joe Flacco's backup to start the season. Griffin may frequently be subject to inactive status as long as both Flacco and Jackson are healthy, considering the former's solid grip on the starting job to open the season and the team's desire to develop the latter as much as possible during his first season.
Griffin earned a spot on Baltimore's initial 53-man roster, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Coach John Harbaugh typically only carries two quarterbacks, but Griffin carved out a third spot with his solid performance this preseason. It isn't quite clear if the Ravens would turn to Griffin or Lamar Jackson in the event of a Joe Flacco injury/benching.
Griffin completed nine of 15 passes for 66 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions and added 41 yards on five rushes in the Ravens' 27-10 preseason win over the Dolphins on Saturday.
Griffin has been somewhat of a forgotten man in the team's quarterback competition, with all the focus centered on whether first-round pick Lamar Jackson could overtake incumbent Joe Flacco. However, Griffin has been doing his best to make it a three-man race, with Saturday's performance his latest solid preseason effort. Factoring in his numbers against the Dolphins, Griffin has completed 27 of 41 passes (65.9 percent) for 243 yards with two touchdowns and an interception through four exhibitions, more than holding his own in the battle. Whether it will be enough to nudge the Ravens into keeping three quarterbacks remains to be seen, but the former first-round pick figures to have at least made enough of an impression to garner interest from other teams if he doesn't make final cuts.
Griffin's one-year contract with the Ravens has a $1 million non-guaranteed base salary and a $100,000 signing bonus, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
The contract details confirm that Griffin will need to compete for a roster spot and backup job, though Joe Flacco and 2017 undrafted free agent Josh Woodrum are the only other quarterbacks currently on the roster. Woodrum was impressive last preseason and spent his entire rookie campaign on the Ravens' practice squad, but he's no match for the No. 2 overall pick from the 2012 draft when it comes to physical talent. After spending last season out of football on the heels of a rough 2016 campaign with Cleveland, the 28-year-old seems ready to accept a reality in which he needs to compete for a backup job. It's one of the more attractive backup gigs in the league, as Flacco hasn't played well since 2014.
Griffin signed a one-year contract with the Ravens on Wednesday.
Released by Cleveland last March, the 2012 No. 2 overall pick never signed with another team and ultimately sat out the 2017 season. Griffin will have a good chance to win the backup job in Baltimore, where 2016 undrafted free agent Josh Woodrum is the only other quarterback on the roster behind starter Joe Flacco. Griffin completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 6.0 yards per attempt with the Browns in 2016, throwing two touchdowns and three interceptions on 147 attempts and adding 190 yards and two scores on the ground in five games. He turned 28 in February.
|4||9/30/18||@ PIT||8:20 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ TEN||4:25 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|13||12/2/18||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
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