Ryan Griffin (quarterback)

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Ryan Griffin
No. 4 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1989-11-17) November 17, 1989 (age 28)
Santa Monica, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Los Angeles (CA) Chaminade
College: Tulane
Undrafted: 2013
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ryan Griffin (born November 17, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at Tulane.

College career[edit]

After redshirting for the 2008 season, Ryan Griffin played in nine games of the 2009 season. Even though he was only a freshman, he led the team in total offense, passing attempts, completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes, while finishing 2nd in completion percentage and passing efficiency. All of his offensive numbers stand as Tulane records for a freshman quarterback.

Griffin started all 11 games he played in as a sophomore in the 2010 season, and ranked 6th in Conference USA in passing yards per game, 8th in total offensive yards per game, and 10th in passing efficiency. He gained more than 300 yards in 3 games, including a season-best 412 yards against Tulsa.

In the 2011 season, he started all 13 games and once again led the team in total offense, pass attempts, completions, passing yards, touchdown passes, and passing efficiency.

As a senior in the 2012 season, he started all nine games he played in and was given an honorable-mention spot on the All-Conference USA team. He finished the season ranked 2nd in C-USA in passing yards per game and yards of total offense per game, and 5th in passing efficiency. Griffin threw for 300-plus yards 5 times with two 400-plus yard games, and twice set the school single-game passing record. He set the record the first time with 466 yards and a career-best 5 touchdown passes vs UAB and surpassed that with 476 yards and 4 TDs vs Rice. Griffin holds the Tulane career records in pass attempts, completions, and completion percentage. He is 2nd in passing yards, passing yards per game, pass attempts per game, completions per game, and 300-yard passing games. Griffin finished his college career with 9026 yards, 56 touchdowns, and 35 interceptions.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

New Orleans Saints[edit]

Griffin signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.[3] On August 31, 2013, Griffin was released.[4] On September 1, 2013, Griffin was re-signed to the Saints' Practice Squad.[5] He was placed on the active roster on October 22, 2013, only after the St. Louis Rams offered Griffin an opportunity to sign with them.[6] To facilitate Griffin's signing to the active roster, linebacker Martez Wilson was waived.[7]

On September 2, 2014, it was announced that the Saints had waived Griffin and re-signed kicker Shayne Graham to the 53-man roster.[8] After clearing waivers on September 3, 2014, Griffin was re-signed to the Saints practice squad.[9] To make room for Griffin, linebacker Todd Davis was released from the practice squad.[10]

Griffin was released on September 5, 2015 for final roster cuts before the start of the season.[11]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

On September 6, 2015, Griffin was claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers.[12] In 2015 and 2016, Griffin was the Buccaneers' third-string quarterback behind Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon. He did not play any snaps during his first two seasons.

On August 30, 2017, Griffin signed a one-year contract extension with the Buccaneers.[13] He was placed on injured reserve on September 4, 2017 after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason.[14] He was activated off injured reserve to the active roster on November 7, 2017 to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick after starter Jameis Winston was sidelined with an injury.[15]


  1. ^ "Ryan Griffin Bio – Tulane Green Wave Official Athletic Site". Tulanegreenwave.com. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Ryan Griffin Stats – ESPN". Espn.go.com. 1989-11-17. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  3. ^ Saints sign QB Ryan Griffin www.ESPN.com, Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  4. ^ NFL Roster Cuts 2013: Saints Waive Ryan Griffin www.canalstreetchronicles.com, Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Saints sign Ryan Griffin among six to practice squad www.SportsNOLA.com, Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  6. ^ New Orleans Saints add former Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin to active roster, source says profootballtalk.nbcsports.com, Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Saints waive Martez Wilson profootballtalk.nbcsports.com, Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ New Orleans Saints sign Shayne Grahamm, waive quarterback Ryan Griffin www.nola.com, Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  9. ^ Griffin back on Saints' practice squad www.ESPN.com, Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  10. ^ Todd Davis Released from Saints Practice Squad and QB Ryan Griffin Signed www.canalstreetchronicles.com, Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  11. ^ Triplett, Mike (September 5, 2015). "New Orleans Saints cut 22 players, including Stanley Jean-Baptiste". ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  12. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 6, 2015). "Notable waiver claims: Bucs snag five players". NFL.com. Retrieved September 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ Alper, Josh (August 30, 2017). "Bucs extend Ryan Griffin's contract through 2018". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com. 
  14. ^ Smith, Scott (September 4, 2017). "Bucs Sign Pro Bowl Safety T.J. Ward". Buccaneers.com. 
  15. ^ Smith, Scott (November 7, 2017). "Buccaneers Activate Ryan Griffin". Buccaneers.com. 

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