Ryan Griffin (tight end)

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Ryan Griffin
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Griffin in the 2016 NFL season.
No. 84 – Houston Texans
Position: Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1990-01-11) January 11, 1990 (age 29)
Londonderry, New Hampshire
Height: 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight: 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school: Londonderry (NH)
College: Connecticut
NFL Draft: 2013 / Round: 6 / Pick: 201
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Second-team All-Big East (2011, 2012)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions: 136
Receiving yards: 1,491
Receiving touchdowns: 7
Player stats at NFL.com

Ryan Francis Griffin[1] (born January 11, 1990) is an American football tight end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Connecticut.

College career

As a junior, Griffin was one of 25 tight ends to be named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List. He finished his college career with 10 touchdowns and 116 receptions, second all-time by a tight end. His six touchdowns in 2012 tied for second-most by a Husky in a single season. In 2012, he was named UConn's Offensive Player of the Year.[2]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 6 18 in
(1.98 m)
247 lb
(112 kg)
4.87 s 1.68 s 2.84 s 4.44 s 7.01 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
21 reps
All values from UConn's Pro Day[3]

2013

The Houston Texans selected Griffin in the sixth round (201st overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.[4] Griffin was the 12th tight end drafted in 2013.[5]

On May 12, 2013, the Houston Texans signed Griffin to a four-year, $2.23 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $78,680.[6]

During training camp, Griffin competed to be he third tight end on the depth chart against Phillip Supernaw and Jake Byrne.[7] Head coach Gary Kubiak named Griffin the third tight end on the Texans' depth chart to begin the regular season, behind Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham.[8]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Houston Texans' season-opening 31–28 win at the San Diego Chargers. On October 13, 2013, Griffin caught two passes for 18-yards during a 38–13 loss to the St. Louis Rams in Week 6. Griffin made his first career reception off a ten-yard pass by Texans' quarterback T. J. Yates in the fourth quarter.[9] On October 8, 2013, Griffin was named the secondary starting tight end after Owen Daniels was placed on injured reserve due to a non-displaced fractured fibula he sustained in Week 5.[10] On October 20, 2013, Griffin earned his first career start during the Texans' 17–16 loss at the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7. On November 10, 2013, Griffin scored his first career touchdown during a 27–24 loss at the Arizona Cardinals. Griffin caught his first career touchdown on a two-yard pass from Texans' quarterback Case Keenum in the second quarter.[11] Griffin sustained a concussion during their loss at the Cardinals and was inactive for their Week 11 loss against the Oakland Raiders.[12] On December 6, 2013, the Houston Texans fired head coach Gary Kubiak after they fell to a 2–11 record. Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season. In Week 15, he caught a season-high six passes for 62-yards during a 25–3 loss at the Indianapolis Colts. The following week, made five receptions for a season-high 66 receiving yards in the Cardinals' 37–13 loss to the Denver Broncos in Week 16.[13] He finished his rookie season in 2013 with 19 receptions for 244 receiving yards and one touchdown in 15 games and eight starts.[14]

2014

Griffin entered training camp slated as the second tight end on the Texans' depth chart and competed to retain the role against rookie C. J. Fiedorowicz.[15] Head coach Bill O'Brien named Griffin the third tight end on the depth chart to start the 2014 season, behind Garrett Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz.[16] In Week 13, Griffin caught an eight-yard touchdown pass from Texans' quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick during the first quarter of their 45–21 win against the Tennessee Titans.[17] On December 21, 2014, Griffin caught a season-high three passes for 25-yards in the Texans' 25–13 victory against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16.[18] Griffin finished the season with ten receptions for 91-yards and one touchdown in 16 games and two starts.[14]

2015

On June 9, 2015, the Houston Texans promoted quarterbacks coach George Godsey to offensive coordinator. Godsey took over offensive coordinator duties from head coach Bill O'Brien.[19] Head coach Bill O'Brien named Griffin a backup tight end to start the regular season, behind Garrett Graham and C.J. Fiedorowicz.[20] On September 15, 2015, the Houston Texans placed Griffin on injured reserve with a designation to return after he sustained a knee injury during their season-opening 27–20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.[21] He was inactive for the Texans' next seven games (Weeks 2–8) due to a sprained MCL. On November 15, 2015, the Houston Texans activated Griffin off of their injured reserve list.[22] In Week 12, Griffin caught a season-high four passes for 72-yards and a touchdown during a 24–6 win against the New Orleans Saints. He finished the 2015 NFL season with 20 receptions for 251 receiving yards and two touchdowns in nine games and four starts.[14]

2016

Griffin entered training camp slated as the second tight end on the depth chart. Head coach Bill O'Brien named Griffin the second tight end on the depth chart in 2016, behind C.J. Fiedorowicz.[23] In Week 3, he caught a season-high eight passes for 52-yards during a 27–0 loss at the New England Patriots. On December 18, 2016, Griffin made eight receptions for a season-high 85-yards in the Texans' 21–20 victory against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 15.[24] He finished the season with a career-high 50 receptions for 442 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 16 games and five starts.[14]

2017

On January 16, 2017, the Houston Texans fired offensive coordinator George Godsey. Head coach Bill O'Brien took over duties as the Texans' offensive coordinator.[25]

On March 11, 2017, the Houston Texans signed Griffin to a three-year, $9 million contract that includes $3.22 million guaranteed.[6][26]

He started in the Houston Texans' season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, but exited the game in the second quarter after suffering a concussion.[27] On September 24, 2017, Griffin caught a season-high five passes for 61-yards and a touchdown during a 36–33 loss at the New England Patriots in Week 3. On November 5, 2017, Griffin suffered his second concussion of the season during the Texans' 20–14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9.[28] On November 10, 2017, the Houston Texans placed Griffin on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.[29] He finished the 2017 NFL season with 13 receptions for 158 receiving yards and a touchdown in seven games and six starts.[14]

2018

Griffin entered training camp slated as the de facto No. 1 tight end on the depth chart after C. J. Fiedorowicz announced his retirement due to concern over his numerous concussions. Griffin competed to retain his role against rookie Jordan Akins. Head coach Bill O'Brien named Griffin the starting tight end to begin the 2018 NFL season.[30]

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Receiving Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg Long TD FUM Lost
2013 HOU 15 8 19 244 12.8 40 1 0 0
2014 HOU 16 2 10 91 9.1 25 1 0 0
2015 HOU 9 4 20 251 12.6 37 2 0 0
2016 HOU 16 5 50 442 8.8 45 2 1 1
2017 HOU 7 6 13 158 12.2 35 1 0 0
Total 63 25 112 1,186 10.6 45 7 1 1

Postseason

  Receiving
Season Team GP GS Rec Yds Avg Long TD
2015 HOU 1 1 3 29 9.7 15 0
2016 HOU 2 1 3 29 9.7 13 0
Total 3 2 6 58 9.7 15 0

References

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  2. ^ http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1689456/ryan-griffin
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  4. ^ "2013 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  5. ^ Fuller, Jim (April 27, 2013). "NFL DRAFT: Texans select UConn's Trevardo Williams and Ryan Griffin". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
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  10. ^ Sessler, Marc (October 8, 2013). "Texans' Owen Daniels (fibula) likely out 3 to 6 weeks". NFL.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 10-2013: Houston Texans at Arizona Cardinals". NFL.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "Concussion Watch: NFL Head Injuries in Week 10". pbs.org. November 12, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
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  14. ^ a b c d e "NFL Player stats: Ryan Griffin (career)". NFL.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  15. ^ Kollmann, Brett (June 26, 2014). "2014 Fantasy Football: The Value Of Houston Texans Tight Ends". battleredblog.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
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  18. ^ "NFL Player stats: Ryan Griffin (2014)". NFL.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  19. ^ "Houston Texans: George Godsey named new offensive coordinator". axs.com. June 9, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  20. ^ "Ourlads.com: Houston Texans Depth Chart: 09/01/2015". Ourlads.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  21. ^ Ganguli, Tania (September 15, 2015). "Texans place TE Ryan Griffin on short-term injured reserve". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "Houston activates TE Ryan Griffin from injured reserve". foxsports.com. November 16, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2018.
  23. ^ "Ourlads.com: Houston Texans Depth Chart: 10/01/2016". Ourlads.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  24. ^ "NFL Player stats: Ryan Griffin (2016)". NFL.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  25. ^ Thomas, Jeanna (January 17, 2017). "Texans take 1st step to fix offense by parting ways with OC George Godsey". sbnation.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
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  28. ^ "Ryan Griffin out with concussion, his second of season". texanswire.usatoday.com. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  29. ^ "TRANSACTIONS: Texans activate C.J. Fiedorowicz". HoustonTexans.com. November 10, 2017.
  30. ^ "Unofficial Depth Chart: Texans at Patriots". HoustonTexans.com. September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.

External links

  • Houston Texans bio
  • Connecticut Huskies bio
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