He didn't make his way onto the Jets roster until the day before 2019 training camp kicked off, but Ryan Griffin certainly made his mark by the time the season ended.
"I was just trying to get on the field, to be honest," the 6'6", 255-pound tight end said about the transition. "I knew the roster was packed with talent, especially at the tight end position, so I just tried to come in and do my job every day. In my experience, if you do that, everything else works out."
Griffin arrived at One Jets Drive in the middle of the summer as the new kid on the block, having spent his entire career with Houston up until that point. In six years with the Texans, Griffin recorded 136 receptions for 1,491 yards and 7 touchdowns. But one of the 30-year-old's most impactful seasons came last year when he reeled in 34 passes for 320 yards and a career-high 5 touchdowns. His new-found achievement was largely attributable to his versatile role in the offense.
"It's multiple," Griffin said. "I could be lined up outside the numbers, in the backfield as a fullback or in line as a stereotypical tight end blocking the point of attack in the run game. There's just a whole lot that Adam [Gase] can do with us as tight ends, and we do have different body types in the room, so we try to complete the job with whoever we can. It's a really exciting position to play here in this system."