If you want to see a positional battle, head on over to West Virginia on July 25 to watch some quarterbacks duke it out at training camp for the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is the obvious starter, but the young gun, Ryan Griffin will have a fighting chance at backing up the Pro Bowl gunslinger in 2014.
A product of the Big Easy’s own Tulane University, Griffin only had to travel a few blocks down the road to be with the Black and Gold. He holds numerous school records with the Green Wave, including pass attempts, completions and completion percentage. He is also second all-time in passing yards, passing yards per game, completions per game and 300-yard passing games.
Griffin was signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft. He was released after the preseason but immediately signed to the practice squad the next day. He was eventually placed on the team’s active roster for the final 10 games of the year, serving as the franchise’s third quarterback after the St. Louis Rams reportedly tried signing him.
I had my doubts about Griffin making it as New Orleans’ first choice behind Brees with veteran Luke McCown in the picture, but a solid performance during OTAs and minicamp has forced me to reevaluate the quarterback situation in the Crescent City. He looked comfortable in the system and limited the errors by making excellent reads and accurate throws.
With McCown and rookie Logan Kilgore in the picture, Griffin will certainly have his work cut out for him. Beating out Kilgore should be no problem, but if he can continue the strong play that he demonstrated earlier this summer, passing up McCown on the depth is a realistic scenario. The 6-foot-5 QB has the size, the arm and the intelligence to be a legitimate backup at the next level, and he’ll need to take advantage of that when the opportunity is presented to him at training camp.