Ryan Griffin
Ryan Griffin
29-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Houston Texans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Houston tight ends were a productive bunch in 2016, but were invisible in 2017, largely due to concussion injuries to Griffin and the now-retired C.J. Fiedorowicz. Griffin, who was coming off a 50-catch season in 2016, was limited to seven games and 13 receptions after suffering two concussions. Those injuries offered an opportunity to third-stringer Stephen Anderson, but we quickly learned the undersized and athletic tight end from Cal wasn't much of a blocker and his playing time fell sharply. Entering 2018, the Texans are likely to start Griffin, however, he's missed 16 games over the last three seasons and he'll be pushed by two tight ends drafted in 2018: Jordan Akins in the third round and Jordan Thomas in the sixth. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Texans in March of 2017.
Five targets in playoff loss
TEHouston Texans
January 6, 2019
Griffin caught one of five targets for six yards in Saturday's 21-7 wild-card round loss to the Colts.
The Texans fell behind early and were forced to pass often, to the point that quarterback Deshaun Watson got his underused tight ends involved. Seeing Griffin and Watson not in sync is not surprising. Griffin finished the regular season with 24 receptions and 43 targets, indicating he and the quarterback weren't always on the same page. He has one year left on his deal, but given Houston's aversion to using its tight ends, the Texans may opt to part ways with Griffin. They drafted two tight ends in 2018 -- Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas -- and could save salary by letting Griffin go.
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How do Ryan Griffin's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
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How often does Ryan Griffin run a route when on the field for a pass play?
This data will let you see how Ryan Griffin and the other tight ends for the Texans are being used. Some tight ends may have a lot of snaps, but they're not that useful for fantasy purposes because they're not actually running routes. This data will help you see when this is the case.
Ryan Griffin
361 routes   43 targets
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188 routes   25 targets
178 routes   27 targets
81 routes   12 targets
Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Texans re-upped Griffin for another three years at the beginning of the free-agency period, which alerted us that the passing attack in 2017 may pay as much attention to the tight ends as it did in 2016. Griffin and starter C.J. Fiedorowicz were a revelation last season, combining to catch 104 passes on 164 targets. The usage of the tight ends was far and away more than they had been used during the first two seasons under head coach Bill O'Brien. While the coach would prefer to have a quarterback who could consistently get the ball downfield to the dynamic DeAndre Hopkins or speedy Will Fuller, he doesn't have that type of quarterback yet. Whether Deshaun Watson or Tom Savage is under center, Houston's tight ends will be their best friends.
A sprained MCL in Week 1 cost Ryan the next seven games. He returned Week 10 but averaged fewer than four targets a game. Still, it was enough to lead the team's TE in catches. At 6-6, 254, it's perhaps concerning he garnered only three red-zone looks, just one inside the 10 (which he converted). Griffin is the pass-catching TE to C.J. Fiedorowicz's blocking role, but targets might be difficult to come by this season. Tight end has not figured prominently into coach Bill O'Brien's Houston offenses, and, this year, untested QB Brock Osweiler is at the helm. Then there's target-hog DeAndre Hopkins and first-round pick WR Will Fuller. Health, though, is the biggest factor. Griffin missed OTAs with an Achilles injury. He's expected to be healthy for camp, but he has enough working against him without an injury to worry about.
Griffin is the second tight end on the depth chart behind Garrett Graham. He's had a slow start to training camp due to an undisclosed injury, so there hasn't been much to observe. When healthy, he's a reliable pass-catching tight end but his position was not targeted much in head coach Bill O'Brien's first season.
With Owen Daniels' departure to Baltimore, Griffin moves up in Houston's tight-end pecking order. Though Garrett Graham is likely the most reliable receiving tight-end option for the Texans, Griffin proved that he was a capable pass catcher when both Daniels and Graham were sidelined at times last year. Houston drafted C.J. Fiedorowicz, widely considered the best blocking tight end in this year's draft, in the third round, but with new coach Bill O'Brien's penchant for two-TE sets, Griffin could still provide decent production, particularly in the red zone given his 6-6, 250 frame.
Griffin, a sixth-round draft pick in 2013 out of Connecticut, is part of the solution to replace James Casey. The Texans currently have Owen Daniels and Garrett Graham heading the depth chart at the tight end, but they drafted Griffin, signed free agent Adam Schiltz and already have Phillip Supernaw on the roster. Griffin was a productive receiver at Connecticut and, at this point, is considered more of a receiving tight end than a blocking one. If he can develop his run-blocking technique, he'll have a chance to make the roster.
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TEHouston Texans
December 31, 2018
Griffin caught his lone target for eight yards in Sunday's 20-3 win over Jacksonville.
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Snares two passes
TEHouston Texans
December 24, 2018
Griffin caught two of his four targets for 15 yards in Sunday's 32-30 loss to Philadelphia.
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Back to normal
TEHouston Texans
December 16, 2018
Griffin caught his lone target for minus-1 yards in Saturday's 29-22 win over the Jets.
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Erupts for season high in yards
TEHouston Texans
December 9, 2018
Griffin caught all five of his targets for 80 yards in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Colts.
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Involved in Week 12 win
TEHouston Texans
November 27, 2018
Griffin caught three of four targets for 38 yards in Monday's 34-17 win over the Titans.
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