Bucs QB Ryan Griffin - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter has been forthcoming, as he’s known to be, regarding the impending situation at backup quarterback.
Mike Glennon, a fourth-year pro, is in the last year of his rookie contract. Next offseason he’ll likely leave Tampa Bay in hopes of competing for a starting job elsewhere, leaving the Bucs with a late third-round compensatory pick and a decision to make as to who backs up Jameis Winston for the future.
Enter Ryan Griffin, who’s set to start the season on the active roster as the No. 3 quarterback.
“Mike Glennon’s going into the last year of his contract so we’ve got to figure out if Griff (Ryan Griffin) is a good long-term answer as our No. 2,” Koetter said after Wednesday’s practice. “We’re making progress.”
More progress will be made this Saturday when Griffin, who spent his first two years in the NFL on the Saints practice squad, plays roughly 20-25 minutes of the game, similar to last Thursday against the Eagles. In that contest, his first live-action appearance, Griffin finished 13-of-23 for 148 yards, two interceptions and a fumble.
At Tulane, where he started 39 games over three seasons, Griffin finished as the school’s all-time leader in pass attempts (1396), completions (836) and completion percentage (.599) and second leader (behind Patrick Ramsey) in total yards and yards per game, with 9,026 and 214, respectively. He threw 56 touchdowns and 35 interceptions in college.
While his pro debut was shaky at times, Koetter reminded reporters last Friday that he was surrounded by inexperienced third-teamers, most of whom won’t make the final cut. The head coach reiterated that on Wednesday while focusing on what Griffin has done well through two weeks of camp, noting, in particular, his command of the offense.
“He does a lot of things well,” Koetter said. “He handles the huddle well. Griff has a really good touch on the ball. When you’re going with the threes, many times you’re going with some guys that don’t know what they’re doing, so that quarterback has a lot of traffic directing to do, so to speak. And he’s doing a good job with that.”
The Bucs will be one of the few teams that go into the season with three quarterbacks on the active roster, but given the looming situation next March it’s a necessary sacrifice of a roster spot. And if it works out – meaning Griffin proves he’s capable in Weeks 2 and 4 of the preseason and throughout the year in the film room – then Tampa Bay won’t have to sacrifice a draft pick on a backup quarterback next April.
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Once Griffin warmed up he looked pretty good. Neither one of those INT’s were his fault, either.
The first one bounced off Krause’s hands and the second one in the end zone went right through the receivers hands without touching the ball.
As Mrs. Brady once said, “He can only throw the ball, he can’t catch it for them.”
He looked pretty good? Don’t agree. He was pretty flat especially in the last 2 minutes of the game.
Gee fredster guess I was watching a different game. I distinctly remember Griffin leading the Bucs into the red zone in the final two minutes of the game. The last interception occurred in the end zone and if you watch the replay, you will see the ball go through the WR’s hands without touching them into a grateful Jaguar CB.
It’s okay though, I quit drinking 14 years ago because I couldn’t remember anything either. The whole division playoff game against the 49ers was a haze until I saw it on YouTube a few weeks ago.
Last game I drank at.
I don’t drink at all. That’s exactly what happened drdneast.
The 3rd round pick is just a possibility, not an automatic. Glennon and Griffin have to prove they’re worth something and this and the next game will tell us the answer. I don’t believe the 4th game has much value because most starters on both sides won’t be playing. Go bucs!
I was just logging on to post this. It is far from a certainty that we will get that third rounder. Id say its actually a long shot that we receive it. I dont think he is highly coveted around the league.
I quit yesterday, but I agree with drdneast, that his receivers let him down. Did I really say that. I need a drink.
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