For some fans, the cry for Ryan Griffin was to give a 5-year backup a chance to see what he could do in a real NFL game. For some, they were praying that it wouldn’t be as bad as the worst of Jameis.
Griffin has been in the league since 2013 when he was picked up as an undrafted free agent by New Orleans, until his release in 2015. Picked up off waivers by the Buccaneers in September 2015, Griffin would stick around either on the practice squad or as a third-string QB. His longevity in the NFL is something to be admired in a profession that quickly moves on from those who don’t produce; after all, Griffin had zero film or stats until recently.
That all changed on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. As the offense looked to take the field, at the start of the third quarter, one player was missing, and a certain player was warming up with the football.
Ryan Griffin was taking the field for the very first time. The player who had never stepped on an NFL field to take a regular-season snap was lining up behind Ryan Jensen!
The first play was largely predictable, a run called to Ronald Jones which went for 2 yards. But the next play? A 5-yard COMPLETION to OJ Howard. On his first NFL pass, Ryan Griffin threw a complete pass. On his next pass, a first-down completion to Dare Ogunbowale for 13 yards.
That would be it for Griffin, as a run and two incompletions would spell the end of Griffin’s first foray into NFL action with a final stat legend of
2/4 for 18 yards
Perhaps fans will feel happy that the long-term backup finally stepped onto the field?
For me, this is the Buccaneers “Rudy” moment of the year!