Griffin could play the entire first half of Thursday's preseason finale against the Jaguars, FloridaFootballInsiders.com 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 Thursday. 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.
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 late fourth-quarter march that set up a game-winning field goal by Chandler Catanzaro. 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 over the first three weeks of the season while Jameis Winston serves his suspension.
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 Griffin already fits that description from the head coach's perspective.
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.
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.
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