Buccaneers: Ryan Griffin assessment perfect by ESPN

Ryan Griffin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Ryan Griffin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /

Is anyone surprised that Ryan Griffin could be on the hot seat with the Buccaneers? 

Despite all of the magical preseason moments where the Buccaneers were led by depth quarterback Ryan Griffin, the magic could be over in Tampa during or right after training camp.

Griffin is a good backup quarterback and an even better locker room guy, but ESPN has correctly determined Griffin to be one of the players on the bubble this year for the Buccaneers.

This may come as a disappointment to some fans who want to see Griffin finally earn his chance to compete, but the writing has been on the wall for quite some time. With four career passing attempts during the regular season, Griffin would have popped long ago if he ever deserved a chance to be the starter in Tampa.

The preseason is already never a foolproof way to evaluate a player and their talent to be the face of a franchise, and to make matters even worse; Griffin is still several years away from even joining the mix in Tampa if he was to get that chance. Tom Brady has two years left on his contract with no signs of slowing down, the front office inexplicably loves Blaine Gabbert, who is the same age as Griffin, and the team just spent a priority draft pick on a quarterback in Kyle Trask.

Griffin is already fourth on the depth chart, and the best decision for both parties is to create a clean split. The Buccaneers can use a younger and more versatile quarterback on the practice squad, and Griffin would likely get a better chance to compete for a more prominent role on a different team. Tampa doesn’t need three quarterbacks over the age of 30.

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The Bucs would save some money and free up an additional spot for another young rookie by moving on from Griffin without losing anything from a depth perspective. If you have to rely on a third quarterback in the case of an injury, you probably aren’t in a great spot already. You might as well use the roster spot and the money in an area of more value, leaving Ryan Griffin as the odd man out.

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