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Bucs re-sign backup Ryan Griffin

New staff has expressed confidence in veteran even though he’s never taken a regular-season snap
 
Bucs new coaching staff reportedly has been impressed with film of backup quarterback Ryan Griffin running the scout team. [CHRIS URSO (2018)  |   Times]
Bucs new coaching staff reportedly has been impressed with film of backup quarterback Ryan Griffin running the scout team. [CHRIS URSO (2018) | Times]
Published March 12, 2019|Updated March 12, 2019

TAMPA — This will be Jameis Winston’s team and the Bucs have made it clear they don’t want him looking over his shoulder.

When he does, he will see a familiar face, quarterback Ryan Griffin, who has not taken a regular-season snap in the NFL in six seasons.

The Bucs signed Griffin Tuesday to a two-year. The former Tulane star has spent the past four seasons with Tampa Bay, primarily as the No. 3 quarterback.

But after the Bucs went back to Winston after the starter following his benching last season, Griffin served as the No. 2 quarterback the final five games of 2018. While he’s never played in the regular season, Griffin finished the preseason in 2018 with 518 yards passing with four touchdowns and no interceptions and a passer rating of 105.3.

The new coaching staff also reportedly likes what they have seen of Griffin on film running the scout team.

Griffin entered the league as an undrafted free agent and spent his first two seasons as a backup at New Orleans.

Although Ryan Fitzpatrick still is available as a free agent, the Bucs opted to sign Griffin instead.

Contact Rick Stroud at rstroud@tampabay.com. Follow @NFLStroud.