Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints know exactly what they are doing—and they do it better than anyone else.
Draft gurus and NFL fans alike know the serious potential Ryan Griffin has, so when the NFL experienced a serious series of quarterback injuries this past week, the Saints were genius to make sure Griffin earned his way on to the official roster.
Katherine Terrell of NOLA.com has the scoop:
Griffin, an undrafted rookie out of Tulane, earned the No. 3 quarterback spot over Seneca Wallace during training camp. Griffin completed 32-of-59 attempts for 380 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason.
It was enough to earn him a spot on the team. At the conclusion of the preseason, he was waived and signed to the practice squad after the Saints elected to keep only Drew Brees and Luke McCown on the active roster.
As Terrell goes on to note, injuries to guys like Sam Bradford caused several teams to start looking for youngsters to develop and steal from either free agency or practice squads around the league.
Ryan Griffin was one of those guys.
It’s a shame Martez Wilson won’t be with the team any longer, but the Saints believe they may have something down the road with Griffin.
Pass-rushers are a dime a dozen. Potential franchise quarterbacks, or even serviceable backups, are rare. Kudos to the Saints for keeping Mr. Griffin around.
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