Does New Orleans Saints’ Ryan Griffin Have What It Takes To Make 53-Man Roster?

Does New Orleans Saints’ Ryan Griffin Have What It Takes To Make 53-Man Roster

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The New Orleans Saints certainly like what they have seen so far in rookie quarterback Ryan Griffin. The undrafted free agent signed with the Saints after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft with the hopes of learning from one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Does Griffin have a shot at making the 53-man roster out of camp with veteran Seneca Wallace pretty much locked in to be the backup to starting quarterback Drew Brees?

The good news for Tulane is that he has plenty going for him with New Orleans. Griffin’s head coach at Tulane used to be the wide receivers coach for the Saints. He also ran the same offensive system in college that New Orleans does today. Not to mention, Griffin was a very productive quarterback who set school records. He also managed to catch the eye of Brees, who nicknamed the rookie “RG4” as a compliment due to his talent level reaching that of Robert Griffin III.

Whether Griffin is able to clinch a roster spot as the third string quarterback remains to be seen. However, he certainly has the potential to be someone special in the near future. Even though his chance as a starting quarterback may never happen in New Orleans because Brees has a lock on the job, he could be utilized as a quality backup who could garner the organization a decent deal in a trade down the road.

The 6’5” quarterback posted 2,771 passing yards during his senior season and 56 total touchdowns over his four-year career at Tulane.


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  • Dan

    It’s doubtful he’ll make the roster because the Saints haven’t been carrying 3 QB’s on the 53, but they’ll keep him on the practice squad so they can retain him. Next year if he shows significant improvement he might be in a real competition for the back-up spot. I’m excited to see him play. He could be Brees’ replacement 2 or 3 seasons down the road. As much as Saints fans don’t want to think about it, it’s common that really good QB’s like Brees get released prior to them hanging up their cleats. Joe Montana went to the Chiefs. Brett Favre to the Jets/Vikings. And we all know what happened with Peyton Manning. That’s how the NFL works. Brees will always think he’s worth his $20M+ cap numbers, but history says the Saints likely won’t always think that, and will want to move on to his successor before he’s ready to retire.