Ryan Griffin (tight end)
Griffin with the Houston Texans in 2016
|No. 84 – New York Jets|
|Born:||January 11, 1990|
Londonderry, New Hampshire
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school:||Londonderry (NH)|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 201|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2019|
Ryan Francis Griffin (born January 11, 1990) is an American football tight end for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Connecticut, and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
As a junior, Griffin was one of 25 tight ends to be named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List. He finished his college career with 10 touchdowns and 116 receptions, second all-time by a tight end. His six touchdowns in 2012 tied for second-most in school history for a single season. In 2012, he was named UConn's Offensive Player of the Year.
|Height||Weight||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Three-cone drill||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 6 1⁄8 in
|4.87 s||1.68 s||2.84 s||4.44 s||7.01 s||34 in
|9 ft 5 in
|All values from UConn's Pro Day|
During training camp, Griffin competed to be he third tight end on the depth chart against Phillip Supernaw and Jake Byrne. Head coach Gary Kubiak named Griffin the third tight end on the Texans' depth chart to begin the regular season, behind Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham.
He made his professional regular season debut in the Houston Texans' season-opening 31–28 win at the San Diego Chargers. On October 13, 2013, Griffin caught two passes for 18-yards during a 38–13 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 6. Griffin made his first career reception off a ten-yard pass by Texans' quarterback T. J. Yates in the fourth quarter. On October 8, 2013, Griffin was named the secondary starting tight end after Owen Daniels was placed on injured reserve due to a non-displaced fractured fibula he sustained in Week 5. On October 20, 2013, Griffin earned his first career start during the Texans' 17–16 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7. On November 10, 2013, Griffin scored his first career touchdown during a 27–24 loss at the Arizona Cardinals. Griffin caught his first career touchdown on a two-yard pass from Texans' quarterback Case Keenum in the second quarter. Griffin sustained a concussion during their loss at the Cardinals and was inactive for their Week 11 loss against the Oakland Raiders. On December 6, 2013, the Houston Texans fired head coach Gary Kubiak after they fell to a 2–11 record. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. In Week 15, he caught a season-high six passes for 62-yards during a 25–3 loss at the Indianapolis Colts. The following week, made five receptions for a season-high 66 receiving yards in the Cardinals' 37–13 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 16. He finished his rookie season in 2013 with 19 receptions for 244 receiving yards and one touchdown in 15 games and eight starts.
Griffin entered training camp slated as the second tight end on the Texans' depth chart and competed to retain the role against rookie C. J. Fiedorowicz. Head coach Bill O'Brien named Griffin the third tight end on the depth chart to start the 2014 season, behind Garrett Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz. In Week 13, Griffin caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Texans' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the first quarter of their 45–21 win against the Tennessee Titans. On December 21, 2014, Griffin caught a season-high three passes for 25-yards in the Texans' 25–13 victory against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16. Griffin finished the season with ten receptions for 91-yards and one touchdown in 16 games and two starts.
On June 9, 2015, the Houston Texans promoted quarterbacks coach George Godsey to offensive coordinator. Godsey took over offensive coordinator duties from head coach Bill O'Brien. Head coach Bill O'Brien named Griffin a backup tight end to start the regular season, behind Garrett Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz. On September 15, 2015, the Houston Texans placed Griffin on injured reserve with a designation to return after he sustained a knee injury during their season-opening 27–20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. He was inactive for the Texans' next seven games (Weeks 2–8) due to a sprained MCL. On November 15, 2015, the Houston Texans activated Griffin off of their injured reserve list. In Week 12, Griffin caught a season-high four passes for 72-yards and a touchdown during a 24–6 win against the New Orleans Saints. He finished the 2015 NFL season with 20 receptions for 251 receiving yards and two touchdowns in nine games and four starts.
Griffin entered training camp slated as the second tight end on the depth chart. Head coach Bill O'Brien named Griffin the second tight end on the depth chart in 2016, behind C.J. Fiedorowicz. In Week 3, he caught a season-high eight passes for 52-yards during a 27–0 loss at the New England Patriots. On December 18, 2016, Griffin made eight receptions for a season-high 85-yards in the Texans' 21–20 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15. He finished the season with a career-high 50 receptions for 442 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 16 games and five starts.
On January 16, 2017, the Houston Texans fired offensive coordinator George Godsey. Head coach Bill O'Brien took over duties as the Texans' offensive coordinator.
He started in the Houston Texans' season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but exited the game in the second quarter after suffering a concussion. On September 24, 2017, Griffin caught a season-high five passes for 61-yards and a touchdown during a 36–33 loss at the New England Patriots in Week 3. On November 5, 2017, Griffin suffered his second concussion of the season during the Texans' 20–14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9. On November 10, 2017, the Houston Texans placed Griffin on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. He finished the 2017 NFL season with 13 receptions for 158 receiving yards and a touchdown in seven games and six starts.
Griffin entered training camp slated as the de facto No. 1 tight end on the depth chart after C. J. Fiedorowicz announced his retirement due to concern over his numerous concussions. Griffin competed to retain his role against rookie Jordan Akins. Head coach Bill O'Brien named Griffin the starting tight end to begin the 2018 NFL season. He played in 14 games with 11 starts, recording 24 receptions for 305 yards.
On May 17, 2019, the Texans released Griffin.
New York Jets
On July 22, 2019, Griffin was signed by the New York Jets. In Week 8 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Griffin caught four passes for 66 yards and two touchdowns in the 29-15 loss. During Week 11 against the Washington Redskins, Griffin finished with five catches for 109 receiving yards and a touchdown as the Jets won 34-17. The performance marked his first career game with over 100 yards  On November 23, Griffin signed a three-year extension with the Jets worth $10.8 million with $4 million guaranteed. On December 12, Griffin was placed on IR after suffering an ankle injury in Week 14 against the Miami Dolphins. Overall, Griffin finished the 2019 season with 34 receptions for 320 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns.
On April 27, 2019, Griffin was arrested at Hotel Indigo in Nashville, Tennessee for public intoxication and vandalism. Griffin was allegedly drunk and punched a window inside his hotel room. He was released from jail on a $1,750 bond the next morning. The charges were later dismissed.
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