“I Knew What I Was Getting Myself Into”

June 1st, 2021

Bucs backup QB Ryan Griffin.

At least two quarterbacks at One Buc Palace knew of the Bucs’ draft plans before Roger Goodell stepped to the podium in Cleveland.

The first was Tom Brady, a man the Bucs brass consults with routinely. The second is backup QB Ryan Griffin.

Speaking at One Buc Palace today, the seventh-year Bucs quarterback talked about re-signing with the team this offseason and then general manager Jason Licht drafting QB Kyle Trask in Round 2 of the NFL Draft.

“I knew what I was getting myself into,” Griffin said, noting that Bucs officials advised him before the draft that Blaine Gabbert would be coming back and the team planned to draft a QB.

It turns out that if Griffin somehow sticks on the roster, he will become the longest tenured Bucs QB in history.

It’s something Griffin said he talked about recently with ex-Bucs QB Vinny Testaverde at a golf event.

“I’m fortunate to be here this long,” Griffin added.

Joe thinks Griffin made the smart move staying with the Bucs. Gabbert is coming of a major shoulder injury, Brady will soon be 44, and Trask is a total unknown.

Oddsmakers might tell Griffin he’s got a reasonable shot to be a Buccaneer at some point this season.

12 Responses to ““I Knew What I Was Getting Myself Into””

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Vinny Testaverde > Kyle Trask

  2. Mike Says:

    Vinny T – aka the interception machine (when he was a Buc). Turned out to be a very good QB over time though.

  3. Irishmist Says:

    Wasn’t Gabbert’s shoulder injury the year before? I remember he hurt it in a preseason game so it couldn’t have been last year. And I think it was his non-throwing shoulder anyway.

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    The Griffin situation is very interesting.

    It seems impossible that the Bucs would use 4 roster spots out of the 53 available on Quarterbacks.

    And yet they just might.

    But if they intend to keep only 3 QBs – as would be expected – then Griffin has practically no shot to make this team considering the 2nd rd investment in Trask and BA’s perplexing yet undying professed LOVE for Gabbert.

    Griffin could literally light it up in all 3 preseason games and then get a call the very next day from the Turk to come see coach and bring his playbook….

  5. Swampbuc Says:

    Too bad we can’t have a look at Griff in action against real competition but without any risk — wish we had an alternate reality where we could see what would happen with him starting. I’ve always felt like he just needs a chance and he would shine. I’m cheering for him.

  6. Buc50 Says:

    Vinny…tuning stomachs since the bowl game against Penn State

  7. JA Says:

    Through 2020 Ryan Griffin has earned $6,956,085 to play in a few preseason games and a less than a handful of minutes in the NFL regular season. Essentially, he gets paid to workout.
    He will never be hounded by the paparazzi.
    He will never be hounded by autograph seekers.
    His risk for injury is less than a construction worker.
    He can go virtually unnoticed in public places.
    He gets no psychotic diatribes on social media, even here on JBF—hahaha
    During the regular NFL season his biggest injury risk is the possibility of an injured foot from dropping his iPad.
    On a planet where many struggle to make ends meet he just might have one of the best jobs in the world!

  8. Dew Says:

    If Trask is any good I say keep Ryan & trade Blaine.

  9. Pickgrin Says:

    Dew Says:
    “trade Blaine”

    Ha – thats a good one. Gabbert was a Free Agent for months – before signing a barely above vet min contract for 1 year back with the Bucs.

    How much trade value do you believe Gabbert has??? The answer is None. Any other team could have signed him for cheap 2 months ago. Why would any team trade for him now?

  10. PSL Bob Says:

    I’ve given up on trying to figure out the Griffin situation. Why on earth does the organization continue to carry him? He’s got something that multiple coaches have liked. They think he can step in if needed. Yet he’s always 3rd on the depth charts. He performs well in preseason games year after year, but he just never gets a shot at being the starter. It will definitely be interesting to see how it pans out this year.

  11. Lets Roll Says:

    RG has the it factor. Just not the talent to match.

    Meaning intangibles. If you ever meet the guy you would realize how cool this guy is.

    He could be Brady one day, in that he will still be playing because he is a true leader and an awesome locker room guy

  12. Mdub Buc Says:

    Who was worst QB of all time?: Vinny or Jameis? UM and FSU respectively, in which neither ever attended a class. Trask (UF) will outshine both of them in the log run.