Bucs QB Ryan Griffin is expected to be on the active roster again this year - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
With the Tampa Bay Bucs roster down to 75 players, the team now has until 4 p.m. Saturday to get that number to 53.
According to head coach Dirk Koetter, that final 53 will include three quarterbacks just as it did last year.
Bucs coach Dirk Koetter & QB Ryan Griffin – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
“I think it’s safe [to say] that we’re probably going to keep three quarterbacks,” Koetter said Monday afternoon. “Two reasons: one, we put a lot of time into Ryan Griffin and I think he’s proving that he’s capable of being a backup in this league. And then the second thing is, obviously, it’s not a big secret that Mike Glennon is going into the last year of his contract.
“Jameis [Winston] is our quarterback for the long haul, but we’ve got to have a two and those guys take so long to train and with the calendar the way it is in the NFL where you can’t bring guys in early … . I mean we’ve invested – well, we picked ‘Griff’ up at this time last year – so we’ve invested a full year into his training. A lot of that is him and [quarterbacks] coach Mike Bajakian a lot of time that you guys don’t know about. He’s done a good job when he’s been on the field and we think he’s got a chance to be here long-term.”
Griffin arrived in Tampa Bay a week prior to last year’s opener after spending his first two pro seasons with the New Orleans Saints. In three seasons he’s yet to take a regular season snap. He spent all 17 weeks on the active roster, but was deactivated for all 16 games.
In a ideal situation, the Bucs would place Griffin on the practice squad and rather than use up one of 53 valuable active roster spots. That, however, would expose Griffin to other teams trying to take him away, Koetter said.
“I think the perfect setup, with the way the NFL is structured now, is two quarterbacks and one on practice squad,” the first-year head coach said. “But if you have a good one and you try to put him on the practice squad, the league is so short of quarterbacks he’ll get scooped up.
“We had two guys we were waiting on last year and Ryan Griffin was one of them. We had two guys who we had our eye on, only one of them came open and we snapped him up. Like I was saying yesterday, we invested a year and it just so happens that [Glennon’s] deal is up. If we didn’t have that situation with Mike then maybe things would be different. I believe in keeping two and a developmental guy, but we’re just not in that situation right now.”
Griffin, who played collegiately at Tulane, said he knows situations can change in an instant, but feels he’s put himself in a good position to stick around.
“I think just being in the NFL, you never know what’s going to happen,” he said. “Especially when it comes down to getting to 53, there’s so much that goes on with injuries and all that stuff so you really can’t think about it. I know I’ve gotten to the point where I go out there and give it my all. Obviously I want to show everyone what I can do, but you can’t think about it too much.”
Griffin said he doesn’t know exactly how much he’ll play Wednesday night in the preseason finale against the Washington Redskins, but what he’s put on tape through three games isn’t impressive. His 41.3 passer rating is one of the worst in football and the number is that low because he’s completed 55.6 percent of his passes (20 of 36) with zero touchdowns and three interceptions.
Considering that this may be the last time he gets to step on a field for a live game all season, Griffin needs to take advantage of his opportunity to leave a positive impression.
“I don’t think [starting is] going to happen this week, but that would be awesome,” he said. “Any chance I get to play as much as possible would be great. I’ll just be thankful for whatever I get and I have to make the most of it. But I think there’s still more that I have to show, so hopefully I get a chance to do that.”
I really don’t understand this…reminds me a lot of SchiaNo and Lovie just hanging on to guys that were “their guys”. I’m not sure what Dirk has seen in Griffin but I am sure that I haven’t seen it. Let’s see if he can step-up tomorrow night, otherwise that roster spot sure would look good on another OLineman (for example).
I agree, don’t get it and seems like waste of a roster spot. Keep Glennon and cut Griffin. Find your backup next year after Glennon leaves. This is my first disagreement with Koetters decisions. Griffin is so exceptional we need to waste a roster spot? Him and Glennon both stink IMO.
I wonder if they anticipate a trade for Glennon this year?
QB is the hardest position to learn. I am definitely in favor of keeping Griffin so there is continuity at the QB position. I don’t think keeping a 5th RB, a 6th TE, or a 5th safety makes more sense than a 3rd QB when you know you will be losing your 2nd QB at the end of the year(or sooner with a trade).
Perhaps the plan is to keep Griffin on the roster until the trading deadline. If no one is eager to make a deal for Mike Glennon stash RG4 on the Practice Squad. From what I’ve seen, he’s nothing special.
OMG more trade Glennon talk? There are no takers….
I agree learning QB isn’t easy however any second string qb (Glennon included) is not going to carry this team at this point. Winston goes down this season is over. We are not good enough team and defense yet to win with a backup. We aren’t the Broncos. I would put Griffin on practice squad doubt anyone would take him either.
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