The Bucs have primarily been making an attempt to switch quarterback Ryan Griffin for six seasons now. However all the previous Tulane star does is survive yr after yr.
The 2021 season isn’t any completely different.
As soon as once more the Buccaneers have a brand new quarterback within the constructing in former Florida star Kyle Trask, who was drafted within the second spherical. However whether or not he’s an energetic member of the 53-man group or a observe squad participant, it’s not a good suggestion to wager in opposition to Griffin.
Bucs QBs Tom Brady, Ryan Griffin, Blaine Gabbert – Photograph by: USA At present
“I talked to the Bucs earlier than I re-signed they usually form of instructed me the gist,” Griffin stated. “They needed to convey one other man in – draft a man – they usually had been in all probability going to re-sign Blaine [Gabbert]. So I knew what I used to be getting myself into.”
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians instructed the media final week that the quarterback room is getting full and one might need to go.
“That will probably be a tricky determination with how we go,” Arians stated. “We’ll see how that goes. We’ve solely had two prior to now and one on the observe squad, so we are going to simply see how that performs out.”
Not many quarterbacks have survived in Tampa Bay so long as Griffin has – albeit as a backup – and that reality isn’t misplaced on Griffin. The truth is, if Griffin makes the staff this offseason, he’ll be the longest-tenured quarterback in Bucs historical past at seven seasons. That’s longer than Vinny Testaverde, Trent Dilfer or Steve Deberg, all of whom spent 5 seasons in Tampa Bay.
“I truly bumped into [Vinny] Testaverde this offseason at a golf match and talked to him a little bit bit about that,” Griffin stated. “On the way it has shaken out and the way I’ve been right here a extremely very long time. I’m lucky to be right here this lengthy. I’d like to be on the market beginning each recreation, however it’s what it’s. You play the playing cards you’re dealt.”
The playing cards the group had been dealt final season included pulling an ace out of the deck. Griffin instructed the media on Tuesday that the impression Tom Brady had on the staff was felt instantly.
“I feel earlier than even profitable the Tremendous Bowl you can inform as quickly as we signed Tom [Brady] everyone was like, ‘Alright, I’ve to be on prime of my recreation as a result of I don’t wish to let Tom down,” Griffin stated. “‘I do know Tom goes for seven.’ I do know clearly I wish to win a Tremendous Bowl and that’s the place the usual is, however you then add Tom. And there’s actually solely so many guys that you could placed on a staff and everybody appears like, ‘Alright, stress. I must carry out as a result of everyone goes to be watching as a result of now we have this man. I do know if I carry out nicely he’s going to care for his job.’ Outdoors of Tom, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning – if you happen to add a man like that it’s simply an immediate accountability issue [and] everyone needs to be on prime of their recreation.
“And also you noticed that instantly. For an NFL staff with a bunch of grown males to have the ability to look as much as that one man as a result of they’ve seen him do it. There are solely so many guys which have carried out it. Clearly he’s carried out it essentially the most – profitable that many Tremendous Bowls. It simply has an fascinating impact within the locker room and it jogged my memory of after I was in New Orleans with Drew. Simply everyone knew, ‘I’ve received to care for my enterprise and I do know Tom’s received us.’”
Whereas Brady and assumed No. 2 QB Blaine Gabbert have been absent from the Bucs OTAs, Griffin is working together with his younger teammates throughout the offseason at One Buc Place.
Will or not it’s sufficient to stay round? Griffin doesn’t look like too anxious concerning the future.
“I feel it’s huge with the blokes that I get to work with as a result of these are the blokes I’ll be working with within the preseason,” Griffin stated. “Clearly, you wish to put out the very best movie you may, so working with these guys I imply I do know lots these guys will probably be guys that I’m throwing to so I must construct a rapport with them. I don’t wish to go in chilly as a result of that’s the place you set your finest foot ahead. I simply wish to be ready.”