On Saturday, the Bucs elevated wide receiver John Brown and quarterback Ryan Griffin from the practice squad. Both veterans will be available on Sunday against the Rams. Brown was signed by the team just over a week ago, but injuries have forced him onto the active roster. Meanwhile, Griffin will move up for gameday.

Brown’s elevation to the roster comes after Breshad Perriman was ruled out on Friday. Perriman’s absence means the Bucs will be without three of their six most productive receivers on the season. Another top six receiver, Cyril Grayson, is questionable with a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Brown hasn’t seen on-field action since Week 12 with the Jaguars. He hasn’t caught a pass since the 2020 season.

Griffin is being rewarded as a valuable practice squad member of the Bucs. He’s also the longest-tenured quarterback in Bucs’ history, now in his seventh season with Tampa Bay. Griffin has only thrown four passes in his career.

The Bucs did not elevate any offensive linemen from the practice squad on Saturday. That’s a good sign they expect center Ryan Jensen to play against the Rams. There’s a chance for Tristan Wirfs to play as well, after the All-Pro practiced on Friday.

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SufferingSince76
SufferingSince76
5 months ago

I’m still trying to figure out the Ryan Griffin thing. He seems to be the most valuable third stringer to never play the game.

scubog
scubog
Reply to  SufferingSince76
5 months ago

I suspect the team is giving him a payday. Perhaps Gabbert isn’t feeling well. Who knows?

BucHarbour
BucHarbour
5 months ago

So we cut Le’Veon Bell and now have 4 QB’s on the 53? Why? Brown I understand. Griffin? Hope we don’t have any injuries at RB.

Bradley Smith
Bradley Smith
5 months ago

Makes about as much sense using a 2nd round on a player that was inactive all season while most of the defensive starters have spent time on IR.

Spitfire
Spitfire
Reply to  Bradley Smith
5 months ago

People like you don’t see the bigger picture. If we would have Drafted a DB we all would have asked “where will they put him? Who are they gonna push off the roster a WR?” They we’re thinking about the future which was a sign they weren’t selling out for the these few years. It’s easy in hindsight to say we should have Drafted a DB but Trask is learning to be the future of the team.

Dude
Dude
Reply to  Spitfire
5 months ago

Not only that, but Trask is getting to learn under the G.O.A.T.! That’s an opportunity to prepare for the future in a way that won’t be around forever and the Bucs couldn’t pass it up. I’m glad they didn’t.

Buc76
Buc76
5 months ago

Rewarded as a valuable practice squad member??? Who cares. Makes no game sense. Rewarded for not letting Brady fall down at the super Bowl parade? Levon Bell was contributing. He was getting better. What if Fournette tweaks the hamstring and can’t continue. They better win this game. You are home as the #2 seed.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Buc76
5 months ago

Griffin being elevated has nothing to do with Bell. Bell was released to make room for Fournette. If Fournette gets hurt, Vaughn and Bernard will play more, just like they would have if Bell was still on the team. Bell was never going to play a role in whether they win or lose tomorrow. He’s a shell of himself, was washed up 4 years ago. Griffin contributed more to the team holding Brady’s clipboard.

gcolerick
gcolerick
5 months ago

The only sense I can make from the Griffin move is Gabbert is dealing with some sort of injury and they are not sure if he will be ready for the game. What other possible reason could there be for bringing him up? Lets pray they bring him in late 4th quarter for mop up duty due to an outstanding game by Brady!

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  gcolerick
5 months ago

Gabbert’s fine, they just being nice to Griffin like they did last year.

Spitfire
Spitfire
5 months ago

Why the hell would we release Bell? In a run where we need as many playmakers as we can get our hands on and you release a Veteran RB who can Pass Block, Catch and run? All to bring up Griffen who should be gone by now? It doesn’t make any sense. Reward Griffen? Pretty sure his reward is the Millions of dollars he’s made to play 1 drive and the practice squad.

aredsoxfan1
aredsoxfan1
Reply to  Spitfire
5 months ago

They didn’t release Bell to bring up Griffin. And Bell ain’t going anywhere, nobody else wants him. If someone got hurt this week they could very simply just resign Bell. He’s a washed up veteran and probably has no interest in going on the practice squad.

Captain Sly
Captain Sly
5 months ago

The only since I can make out of the Griff’s call up is some sort of trick play package they’ve been working on in practice (fake punt). Grand scheme of things says that none of this matters because if Griff sees the field it’s Game Over!

Theydidwhat
Theydidwhat
5 months ago

Bell might come back to the practice squad. If I remember right, they elevated Griffin in the playoffs last year also. They said he was good at helping read the defense. Time will tell, Go Bucs!

seat26
seat26
5 months ago

Griffin was on the Practice squad? Talk about not giving up on a guy. He is going to end up a12 yr veteran with less than 10 actual plays.