March 20, 2018

Texans Top 20 of 2013: #13 Ryan Griffin

In this series, we look at the top 20 Houston Texans of the 2013 season. 




When rookie tight end Ryan Griffin arrived in Houston as a rookie, he looked the part from the get go for the Texans. At 6-5 and 254 lbs. Griffin is what you want in a NFL tight end, and he started the season as the “trey” tight end for the offense. Due to injuries Griffin was forced into action after Owen Daniels went down in week 5 with a fractured leg.

Griffin who like fellow rookie D.J. Swearinger learned on the run had to adjust to the speed of the game, it was a rough start for the rookie. The tight end struggled at times with blocking bigger defensive ends and linebackers, but that should be expected with a first year player not asked to do that much in college.

Griffin really took a step forward when Garrett Graham went down with a hamstring injury and he became the starter for the final four games of the season. In that stretch Griffin had 15 catches for for 187 yards, and for the season he had 19 catches for 244 yards and a touchdown. More impressive was his yards per reception which was 12.8 yards which was 3rd on the team.

The upside for Griffin is high, and the rookie will look to be in a more prominent role in a new look offense. His first season was impressive late in the year and he could be primed for a big things in Houston with Bill O’Brien in town who puts an emphasis on tight end play to create mismatches.

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