After one week of training camp, there are three QB’s that look like they could make the roster. Jameis, Gabbert, and…Ryan Griffin? The average fan most likely has never heard of him, but multiple coaches have shaped Ryan Griffin into one of the best backup quarterbacks in the league.
Ryan Griffin was born on November 17th, 1989 in Santa Monica, California. In 2006, Ryan joined Chaminade College Prep and quickly became the starter. His former head coach Ben McEnroe described him as “Tall, athletic dropback passer.” In his two years at Chaminade, Griffin passed for over 5450 yards and 57 touchdowns. In 2015, he was inducted into the Chaminade Alumni Hall of Fame.
Ryan went on to sign with Tulane University in 2008. He was redshirted his first year but started every year after that, racking up a total of 9026 yards, 56 touchdowns, and 35 incompletions. In Ryan’s senior season, his offense was putting up an average of 30 points a game as his draft stock continued to rise to a projected late fourth-round pick.
One team that had their eye on Griffin were the Patriots. They didn’t pull the trigger on the day three prospect, and he surprisingly went undrafted. Shortly after the draft he was picked up by the New Orleans Saints and groomed as the heir to Hall of Fame QB Drew Brees. Unfortunately, that did not work out, and he was released in 2015.
A day later, Griffin signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He sat behind the recent first-round pick Jameis Winston and veteran backup Mike Glennon. In 2017 he was signed a one-year contract extension but suffered a shoulder injury in the preseason. After Jameis was injured in the 2018 season, Griffin was taken off of injured reserve and was the backup behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Earlier this offseason Ryan signed a two-year extension and his now battling for the backup job with newly signed quarterback Blaine Gabbert.
Now 30 years old, it’s unknown at the time of this article being written if Ryan will win the backup job or even make the roster but one thing is definitely for sure, he’s made a sizable impact everywhere he’s gone, and wherever he will go for a very long time.