Ryan Griffin
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Griffin with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2017
Skorpions Varese
Personal information
Born: (1989-11-17) November 17, 1989 (age 34)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:218 lb (99 kg)
Career information
High school:Chaminade College Preparatory
(Los Angeles, California)
College:Tulane (2008–2012)
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Passing yards:18
QB Rating:62.5
Completion percentage:50.0
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ryan Walsh Griffin (born November 17, 1989) is an American football quarterback for the Skorpions Varese of the Italian Football League (IFL). He was signed by the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He played college football at Tulane. Griffin earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers for the 2020 season.

College career

Griffin with Tulane in 2011

At Tulane, after redshirting for the 2008 season, Ryan Griffin played in nine games of the 2009 season. He led the team in total offense, passing attempts, completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes, while finishing 2nd in completion percentage and passing efficiency. All of his offensive numbers stand as Tulane records for a freshman quarterback.

Griffin started all 11 games he played in as a sophomore in the 2010 season, and ranked 6th in Conference USA in passing yards per game, 8th in total offensive yards per game, and 10th in passing efficiency. He gained more than 300 yards in 3 games, including a season-best 412 yards against Tulsa.

In the 2011 season, he started all 13 games and once again led the team in total offense, pass attempts, completions, passing yards, touchdown passes, and passing efficiency.

As a senior in the 2012 season, he started all nine games he played in and was given an honorable-mention spot on the All-Conference USA team. He finished the season ranked 2nd in C-USA in passing yards per game and yards of total offense per game, and 5th in passing efficiency. Griffin threw for 300-plus yards 5 times with two 400-plus yard games, and twice set the school single-game passing record. He set the record the first time with 466 yards and a career-best 5 touchdown passes vs UAB and surpassed that with 476 yards and 4 touchdowns vs Rice. Griffin holds the Tulane career records in pass attempts, completions, and completion percentage. He is 2nd in passing yards, passing yards per game, pass attempts per game, completions per game, and 300-yard passing games. Griffin finished his college career with 9,026 yards, 56 touchdowns, and 35 interceptions.[1][2]


Season Passing
Cmp Att Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg
2009 142 222 63.5 1,382 6.2 9 6 123.8
2010 223 372 59.9 2,371 6.4 14 8 121.6
2011 227 408 55.6 2,502 6.1 13 10 112.8
2012 245 394 62.3 2,771 7.0 20 11 132.4
Career[3] 836 1,396 59.9 9,026 6.5 56 35 122.4

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 3+78 in
(1.93 m)
221 lb
(100 kg)
31+14 in
(0.79 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
5.20 s 1.82 s 3.02 s 4.78 s 7.64 s 25.5 in
(0.65 m)
8 ft 5 in
(2.57 m)
All values from Pro Day[4]

New Orleans Saints

Griffin signed with the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.[5] He was released on August 31, 2013.[6] On September 1, 2013, Griffin re-signed to the Saints' Practice Squad.[7] He was placed on the active roster on October 22, 2013, only after the St. Louis Rams offered Griffin an opportunity to sign with them.[8] To facilitate Griffin's signing to the active roster, linebacker Martez Wilson was waived.[9]

On September 2, 2014, it was announced that the Saints had waived Griffin and re-signed kicker Shayne Graham to the 53-man roster.[10] After clearing waivers on September 3, 2014, Griffin was re-signed to the Saints practice squad.[11] To make room for Griffin, linebacker Todd Davis was released from the practice squad.[12]

Griffin was released on September 5, 2015, for final roster cuts before the start of the season.[13]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

On September 6, 2015, Griffin was claimed off waivers by the Buccaneers.[14] In 2015 and 2016, Griffin was the Buccaneers' third-string quarterback behind Jameis Winston and Mike Glennon, and did not see any game action.

On August 30, 2017, Griffin signed a one-year contract extension with the Buccaneers.[15] He was placed on injured reserve on September 4, 2017, after suffering a shoulder injury in the preseason.[16] He was activated off injured reserve to the active roster on November 7, 2017, to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick after starter Winston was sidelined with an injury.[17]

On March 12, 2019, Griffin signed a two-year contract extension with the Buccaneers.[18] In Week 14 of the 2019 season against the Indianapolis Colts, he made his NFL debut, starting the second half for the Buccaneers as Winston suffered a hand injury late in the second quarter. Griffin completed 2 of 4 passes for 18 yards on a 6-play drive that resulted in a Bradley Pinion punt. Winston returned to the game on the next Buccaneers possession and finished the game for a 38–35 victory.[19][20]

Griffin re-signed with the Buccaneers again on April 20, 2021.[21]

On August 31, 2021, Griffin was released by the Buccaneers and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[22][23]

On March 31, 2022, the Buccaneers re-signed Griffin.[24] He was released on August 30, 2022, and signed to the practice squad the next day.[25][26]

Skorpions Varese

In November 2023, Griffin signed with the Skorpions Varese in the Italian Football League.[27]

Coaching career

Chicago Bears

On February 23, 2024, the Chicago Bears hired Griffin as an offensive assistant specifically working with the team's quarterbacks and wide receivers.[28]


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  2. ^ "Ryan Griffin Stats – ESPN". Espn.go.com. November 17, 1989. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ryan Griffin". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  4. ^ "Ryan Griffin, Tulane, QB, 2013 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". draftscout.com. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  5. ^ Saints sign QB Ryan Griffin www.ESPN.com, Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  6. ^ NFL Roster Cuts 2013: Saints Waive Ryan Griffin www.canalstreetchronicles.com, Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Saints sign Ryan Griffin among six to practice squad www.SportsNOLA.com, Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ New Orleans Saints add former Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin to active roster, source says profootballtalk.nbcsports.com, Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Saints waive Martez Wilson profootballtalk.nbcsports.com, Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  10. ^ New Orleans Saints sign Shayne Grahamm, waive quarterback Ryan Griffin www.nola.com, Retrieved September 2, 2014.
  11. ^ Griffin back on Saints' practice squad www.ESPN.com, Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  12. ^ Todd Davis Released from Saints Practice Squad and QB Ryan Griffin Signed www.canalstreetchronicles.com, Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  13. ^ Triplett, Mike (September 5, 2015). "New Orleans Saints cut 22 players, including Stanley Jean-Baptiste". ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Patra, Kevin (September 6, 2015). "Notable waiver claims: Bucs snag five players". NFL.com. Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  15. ^ Alper, Josh (August 30, 2017). "Bucs extend Ryan Griffin's contract through 2018". ProFootballTalk.NBCSports.com.
  16. ^ Smith, Scott (September 4, 2017). "Bucs Sign Pro Bowl Safety T.J. Ward". Buccaneers.com.
  17. ^ Smith, Scott (November 7, 2017). "Buccaneers Activate Ryan Griffin". Buccaneers.com.
  18. ^ Smith, Scott (March 12, 2019). "Bucs Re-Sign QB Ryan Griffin". Buccaneers.com.
  19. ^ Gantt, Darin (December 8, 2019). "Ryan Griffin in at quarterback for Bucs". profootballtalk.nbcsports.com.
  20. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers win Super Bowl XV". NFL. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  21. ^ Smith, Scott (April 20, 2021). "QB Ryan Griffin Stays with Bucs on New Deal". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved April 20, 2021.
  22. ^ Smith, Scott (September 1, 2021). "Ryan Griffin, Antonio Hamilton Among Bucs' Cuts to Get to 53". Buccaneers.com.
  23. ^ Smith, Scott (September 1, 2021). "Bucs Sign Ryan Griffin, Nine Others to Practice Squad". Buccaneers.com.
  24. ^ Easterling, Luke (March 31, 2022). "Bucs re-sign QB Ryan Griffin". USA Today. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  25. ^ Smith, Scott (August 30, 2022). "Tyler Johnson Among Cuts as Bucs Get to 53". Buccaneers.com.
  26. ^ Smith, Scott (August 31, 2022). "Bucs Start 2022 Practice Squad with 14 Returning Players". Buccaneers.com.
  27. ^ "Ryan Griffin è il nuovo Quarterback degli Skorpions Varese". malpensa24.it. Retrieved November 10, 2023.
  28. ^ "Bears add former Bucs QB Ryan Griffin to coaching staff". NBC Sports. February 23, 2024. Retrieved February 24, 2024.