Veteran Luke McCown and second-year quarterback Ryan Griffin had an opportunity in recent scrimmages to state their case for the backup quarterback spot behind Drew Brees. Up to this point, Ryan Griffin has been making waves. The 6’4, 221 pound product from Tulane threw eight straight completions at one point (according to unofficial statistics) during one of the Saints most recent scrimmages.
Griffin was signed by the Saints last year as an undrafted free agent and eventually signed to the practice squad after the 2013 NFL preseason. The progress that he is making in his second training camp is taking many fans by surprise.
Chill out boy.. Ryan Griffin should be Brees backup. That’s crazy though, I was just in class with him 2 years ago at Tulane lol
— JesusΩShuttlesworth (@kingxzarus) July 29, 2014
A good NFL quarterback is able to do two things very well; 1) go through his route progressions to find the receiver that is open and 2) throw the ball to the best spot for the receiver to make the catch. Drew Brees being sidelined with an oblique injury is giving Ryan Griffin the opportunity to prove he can do both.
On this play, Griffin was able to identify that Cooks created separation on his route. The most important part, was that he was able to get it to the right spot for Cooks to make the play. Throws like these have the national media and veteran players, impressed with his progress.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 2, 2014
Keenan Lewis: you can tell Griffin is getting real confident in this offense
— Steve Geller (@SteveGellerWWL) August 4, 2014
The next test is to see if his play on the practice field can translate to a game situation. The Saints first couple of preseason games will give fans an indication of whether he will take the backup spot behind Brees. The real hope isn’t just that he can win the backup quarterback roster spot; Saints fans believe he could be the guy to eventually replace Drew Brees.