Koetter: Bucs must decide if Ryan Griffin is future No. 2 QB
Backup quarterback Ryan Griffin made his Bucs debut on Thursday night, driving the offense inside the 10-yard line for a potential tying touchdown in the final minute, but then forcing a throw that was intercepted in the end zone to clinch the Eagles' 17-9 preseason win.
"I think Ryan Griffin did a pretty good job," coach Dirk Koetter said. "I wish he wouldn't have forced that ball at the very end, but he also made some good plays to get us down there. I think he showed he can run the no-huddle ... he's an accurate passer. He really throws with good touch. He processes fast, and that's one of the hardest things for quarterbacks to do."
Griffin, 26, was kept on roster as a No. 3 QB but inactive for all 16 games last season, finished 13-of-23 for 148 yards with two interceptions, the other on a bobbled pass. Backup Mike Glennon is an unrestricted free agent next spring, so the Bucs could carry three with the plan of elevating Griffin to No. 2 behind starter Jameis Winston next season.
"That's one of our big things we need to find out in this preseason: Is Ryan Griffin good enough to be an eventual two for us?" Koetter said. "We like the guy. I like him so far."
The Bucs got the ball at their 24 with 2:50 to play, and Griffin drove them to the Philadelphia 7-yard line, completing passes of 16, 25 and 13 yards, then converting a fourth-and-2 with a throw to rookie TE Kivon Cartwright. His first-and-goal throw, intended for WR Bernard Reedy, was intercepted by the Eagles' C.J. Smith to end the rally.