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January 8, 2020 08:40 AM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Minimal role in '19
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Griffin completed two of four passes for 18 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions across two appearances during the 2019 season. He also netted minus-1 yard on four rushes.

As has been the case his entire career, Griffin's role was negligible, but he at least finally had an opportunity to see regular-season action for the first time in seven pro seasons. Griffin only was called in to handle a series for Jameis Winston during a Week 14 win over the Colts when the latter suffered what ultimately was determined to be a thumb fracture. Griffin otherwise played four snaps (but did not attempt a pass) at the end of a Week 15 blowout win over the Lions. Coach Bruce Arians certainly didn't seem to have any sense of urgency to afford Griffin game reps ahead of a potential starting job battle in 2020, even as Winston threw multiple interceptions in six of his last eight games. Therefore, it appears likely the veteran slots into a clear backup role again in 2020, assuming Winston is brought back on the franchise tag. However, if the team reverses course on its previously stated plans to have the 2015 first overall pick back under center next season, Griffin could potentially have an opportunity to make a play for the vacancy.

December 10, 2019 08:20 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Finally sees regular-season action
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Griffin came into the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday with 12:02 remaining in the third quarter for an injured Jameis Winston (thumb) and completed two of four passes for 18 yards.

Griffin had an opportunity to make a regular-season pass attempt for the first time in an NFL career that dates back to 2013, subbing for Winston to start the second half while the latter was having his injured hand evaluated. Griffin's stint in the contest only lasted one drive, with his two completions going to O.J. Howard (five yards) and Dare Ogunbowale (13 yards). Winston is expected to play through what has been diagnosed as a broken thumb, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports, but Griffin will stand at the ready should he be called to fill in at any point over the last three games of the season.

September 24, 2019 03:56 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Will remain No. 2 QB
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Griffin will continue to be Jameis Winston's backup quarterback after Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The Buccaneers were holding out hope that Gabbert could make a return, but he was unable to recover. Griffin will be Winston's backup quarterback for the remainder of the season. Whenever Winston is under center, there's always a chance he falters and his backup is called upon, although he's played well enough to avoid any speculation thus far.

August 30, 2019 11:28 AM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Throws pair of picks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Griffin completed nine of 11 passes for 92 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the Buccaneers' 17-15 preseason win over the Cowboys on Thursday.

Slated for the No. 2 quarterback job to at least start the season, Griffin saw some solid first-half action Thursday and was atypically guilty of multiple turnovers, albeit with asterisks attached. The first of Griffin's two interceptions was returned for a pick-six by Donovan Olumba but came off a tipped pass, while the second occurred at the Cowboys' 16-yard line on a pass intended for Scotty Miller. However, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that coach Bruce Arians emphasized postgame that Miller and several other receivers made errors in their routes on that play. Griffin was actually very sharp otherwise before ceding duties to Vincent Testaverde, and given his play overall this preseason, he projects as a competent short-term option behind Jameis Winston to open the campaign.

August 24, 2019 05:20 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Leads another game-winning march
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Griffin completed 11 of 17 passes for 121 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 13-12 preseason win over the Browns on Friday. He also netted zero yards on his sole rush and fumbled once but recovered.

With Blaine Gabbert exiting early in the second half with a separation of his non-throwing shoulder, Griffin stepped in for another dose of extended preseason action. Ultimately, he delivered in the closing minutes yet again, helming a mammoth 16-play, 72-yard drive that culminated in Matt Gay's game-winning 21-yard field goal. Late in the third quarter, Griffin had also been responsible for the Buccaneers' only touchdown of the contest when he fired a 20-yard scoring throw to tight end Jordan Leggett. With Gabbert now out an undetermined period, Griffin's chances of securing the top backup job likely have gone up, and he also appears set to see another solid dose of playing time in Thursday's preseason finale against the Cowboys.

August 17, 2019 01:00 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Another impressive performance
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Griffin completed 14 of 21 passes for 201 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 16-14 preseason win over the Dolphins on Friday.

Griffin capped off a second straight strong preseason effort by helping set up Matt Gay's game-winning 48-yard field goal, notching a pair of completions to tight end Tanner Hudson to get the ball down to the Dolphins' 27-yard line. The veteran could hardly have made a better case for himself over the first two exhibitions, quickly demonstrating his grasp of coach Bruce Arians' offense. That's a particularly important development in Griffin's competition with Blaine Gabbert, considering the latter's one primary advantage coming into the offseason was prior experience in Arians' system. Griffin could potentially seal the backup job with a third straight productive effort when the Buccaneers face off with the Browns next Friday.

August 10, 2019 03:32 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Eclipses 300-yard mark in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Griffin completed 26 of 43 passes for 330 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Buccaneers' 30-28 preseason loss to the Steelers on Friday. He also lost a fumble.

Griffin had no shortage of opportunity to showcase his skills, and he capitalized on the platform to demonstrate a solid grasp of coach Bruce Arians' offense. Game script worked in Griffin's favor as well, as the Buccaneers were in a trail position throughout the second half and continued throwing the ball until their final snap. Griffin particularly displayed excellent chemistry with undrafted rookie receiver Spencer Schnell and second-year tight end Tanner Hudson, with whom he connected for 14 of his completions, including several chunk plays down the stretch. Griffin's bid for the No. 2 role behind Jameis Winston certainly got off to a good start, but veteran Blaine Gabbert, who had a head start on Griffin with respect to familiarity with Arians' system, is likely to serve as formidable competition for the duration of preseason.

March 25, 2019 09:00 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Set for offseason competition
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 12, 2019 03:36 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Staying with Tampa
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 30, 2018 11:52 AM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Backup to Winston again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 27, 2018 07:00 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Could play Week 17
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 23, 2018 12:12 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Moves up depth chart
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 30, 2018 01:00 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Falls on depth chart
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Griffin is a coach's decision inactive for Sunday's game against Chicago, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Griffin is the Buccaneers' No. 3 quarterback now that Jameis Winston has returned from suspension. Griffin isn't likely to see action unless both Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick face injuries.

August 30, 2018 05:52 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Could play entire first half
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Griffin could play the entire first half of Thursday's preseason finale against the Jaguars, reports.

Griffin will be just one play away from becoming the No. 1 quarterback over the first three games of the regular season due to Jamies Winston's suspension. Winston will not suit up Thursday, so coach Dirk Koetter will walk the fine line between getting Griffin a solid workload and not overexposing him to injury. The fifth-year pro has traditionally been utilized heavily in preseason, but never with as realistic a possibility of having to lead the first-team offense as exists heading into the 2018 season.

August 13, 2018 12:28 AM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Sharp in extended time versus Dolphins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Griffin completed 20 of 26 passes for 179 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's 26-24 preseason victory over the Dolphins.

Griffin played the entire second half, and as his final line implies, he was sharp throughout. While he averaged a modest 6.9 yards per attempt, the sixth-year quarterback went 4-for-4 on a seven-play, 67-yard drive late in the fourth quarter to set up a game-winning field goal. However, no matter how impressive Griffin is in the Buccaneers' three remaining exhibitions, he's essentially locked into the No. 3 spot on the depth chart, although he'll bump up a notch for the first three weeks of the season while Jameis Winston serves his suspension.

July 27, 2018 09:48 AM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Not expected to challenge Fitzpatrick
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Griffin, who received significant work with the second-team offense in Thursday's camp-opening practice, isn't expected to overtake Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job during Jameis Winston's three-game suspension to open the season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Griffin currently slots in as the No. 2 quarterback behind Fitzpatrick to open camp. However, head coach Dirk Koetter was blunt when asked whether he thought Griffin might be able to vault another notch up on the depth chart with a strong camp and preseason, remarking that he couldn't foresee such an eventuality at the moment. Griffin is entering his fourth season with the Buccaneers and third year in Koetter's offensive system, but he's yet to take a snap in a regular-season NFL game. Despite clearly envisioning Griffin as the current No. 2 option, Koetter did brush off the idea of bringing in another veteran quarterback for the first three weeks to protect against a Fitzpatrick injury, emphasizing that from his perspective, Griffin already fits that description.

June 22, 2018 11:00 AM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Could challenge Fitzpatrick
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Griffin may challenge Ryan Fitzpatrick for the starting job while Jameis Winston serves a three-game suspension to open the season, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Griffin went undrafted in 2014 and has yet to play in a regular-season game, whereas Fitzpatrick made three starts last year to bring his career total to 119. The 35-year-old is an obvious favorite to replace Winston for Weeks 1-3, but the Bucs at least figure to take a good look at Griffin during training camp and the preseason. Undrafted rookie Austin Allen is the fourth quarterback on Tampa Bay's 90-man roster.

January 10, 2018 02:16 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Doesn't see action in 2017
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Griffin didn't log any snaps for the Buccaneers during the 2017 season while backing up Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The 28-year-old has yet to see action in a regular-season game over five seasons in the NFL. Griffin completed just four of nine passes for 57 yards with one interception last preseason before suffering a shoulder injury against the Bengals in the exhibition opener, which led to him being placed on injured reserve until a Nov. 7 activation. When Winston missed three full games and a portion of another with a shoulder injury of his own, Griffin was just a Fitzpatrick injury away from seeing snaps, but that never came to fruition. However, he could find himself as the primary backup to Winston in 2018, as Griffin is on the books for a reasonable $1.1 million, while Fitzpatrick will become an unrestricted free agent in March and is uncertain to be retained.

November 7, 2017 04:36 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: Activated from IR
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The Buccaneers activated Griffin (shoulder) from injured reserve Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Griffin's return from IR comes at a convenient time with head coach Dirk Koetter having announced Monday that Jameis Winston (shoulder) would be shut down for at least two weeks. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will step in as the interim starter, but Griffin will be active for Sunday's game against the Jets as the backup while Winston is unavailable. Griffin was moved to IR on Sept. 4 after suffering the shoulder injury in the second game of the preseason, but he's been practicing for nearly three weeks and is no longer hurting.

October 18, 2017 11:24 PM
Buccaneers' Ryan Griffin: To begin practicing Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Griffin (shoulder) will begin practicing Wednesday and can run the scout team, but he won't be eligible to rejoin the roster until Week 9, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Griffin won't be able to serve as reinforcement for the quarterback position in the wake of Jameis Winston's shoulder injury, but the development is encouraging nonetheless and allows Ryan Fitzpatrick to take first-team reps in anticipation of a possible start in Week 7. The 27-year-old Griffin isn't likely to be active on game days even when healthy, however, barring injury to Winston or Fitzpatrick.

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