March 17, 2018

Player Spotlight: Ryan Griffin

This week in Player Spotlight, we evaluate an up and coming player on the Texans’ roster. He was a late round draft pick that surprised a lot of people due to his ability to move and his sneaky athleticism. He has smooth acceleration ability and has good hands. He was a virtual unknown to most as he was projected between the seventh round to being undrafted on most boards. The spotlight shines on the Texans rookie tight end Ryan Griffin.


Ryan Griffin is a tight end that in time, I believe, will be a great playmaker. Griffin went under the radar in the draft due to so many other tight ends showing well at the combine and getting all the publicity at the East West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl. Griffin wasn’t invited to either so he had to rely solely on his college game film. It seems with so much NFL talent on the defensive side of the ball that Griffin would have gotten a bit more run, but then again being on one of the worst offenses in college football didn’t bode well for him. The Texans former head coach saw something in Griffin and decided to draft him. When doing research on Griffin, he compares favorably to Garrett Graham, but I think this may be a bad projection especially with Griffin having a higher ceiling. The comparisons to Joel Dreessen are fair, but I don’t believe that Dreessen has as much upside as Griffin.


In the preseason, Griffin showed really well and caught virtually everything thrown at him by T.J. Yates and Case Keenum.  Griffin played in all four preseason games and had a total of 14 receptions for 173 yards with his best game coming in the final game against the Dallas Cowboys where he had 5 receptions for 87 yards. The more Griffin plays and is used as a receiving option instead of just a blocker, the more he produces. At 6’6 and 254 lbs, the Texans should use him more and even allow him to be the starting tight end opposed to Garrett Graham going forward. It’s obvious that he has some work to do with his routes and how to consistently box out the defender with his body, as well as getting better as a blocker; however, I believe all of this will come with more playing time.  Hopefully the next coaching regime will see the potential in Griffin and push him to be a starter so that they can develop him and he could possibly be another Jimmy Graham.

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