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TE Ryan Griffin - Houston Texans

6-6, 261Born: 1-11-1990College: ConnecticutDrafted: Round 6, pick 2013

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 10): Griffin hasn't been consistent this year, but he caught all five of his targets and posted his highest yardage total of the season in Week 14. There are worse reasons to pick an emergency streaming tight end against the Jets.

Week 15: at New York Jets

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. DeShaun Watson has not exceeded 300+ yards passing since week 5 and has multiple passing touchdowns in just three of his last nine games. The Texans are winning though because Watson is making the most of every pass, averaging 8.3 yards per attempt with a 70% completion percentage and only two interceptions in his last seven games. The Texans running game has vastly improved as the season has progressed, which in turn has limited Watson's passing volume. The limited passing volume has also affected star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. After starting the season off with five straight games of 78+ yards receiving, he has hit that mark in only three of his last eight games. There is reason for hope this week, as the Jets rank 30th in points allowed to opposing wide receivers, and have given up nine games of 100+ yards receiving. Demaryius Thomas has yet to really emerge as a secondary weapon for the Texans, averaging 39 yards receiving on 3.6 receptions per game. Thomas is not the player he once was, but similar to Hopkins, there just isn't enough volume for him to make much noise on a weekly basis. KeKe Coutee hasn't played since week 12 and continues to be limited in practice. Coach Bill O'Brien said Coutee is trending towards being able to play on Saturday and more news on his status should emerge as the week progresses. While the New York Jets rushing defense is one of the worst units in the league, the secondary has overachieved this season, as they currently rank 16th in the league in passing yards allowed (243.8 yards) per game. This is impressive considering the advantageous passing situations that have frequently occurred for opposing teams due to the Jets poor run defense, and while cornerbacks Morris Claiborne and Trumaine Johnson have had their problems in coverage as of late, this unit has played above their potential for much of their season. The problems in the last two weeks can directly be attributed to the loss of Marcus Maye, who despite playing in only six games this season, had flashed great potential alongside fellow safety Jamal Adams. Since week 12, the Jets have allowed four receivers to go over 70+ yards receiving, including 104 yards to Taywan Taylor and 104 yards to Robert Foster this past week. With superstar wideout DeAndre Hopkins coming to town this week, the Jets secondary has their work cut out for them, and they will receive no help from their defensive line who will be overmatched in the run game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
11 at WAS 47 0 0 0 0 0
12 vs TEN 43 3 38 0 0 3.8
13 vs CLE 61 1 12 0 0 1.2
14 vs IND 59 5 80 0 0 8
15 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 2 * * * *
15 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 2 * * * *
15 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 3 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Ryan Griffin's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs IND (5 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec)

The Texans tight end group is waking up and Ryan Griffin was the primary target today for Deshaun Watson. Griffin had key catches picked up some drive extending plays. He did majority of his work under the 9 yard range but his big play came on a 47 yard reception that saw Griffin hit the seam with Watson hitting him in stride for a long catch and run.

2018 Week 5 vs DAL (9 / 6 / 65 / 0 rec)

It is was the first game in sometime a tight end has been really involved in a game plan but part of that might have been lower targets to Will Fuller. Griffin did a solid job of finding spots on in the defense and extending drives for the offense. He had receptions for 12, 11, 10 and 8 to notch first downs, he also missed a tough catch in the end zone that went right through his hands on tight coverage. Also, if Watson would have let a play develop in the red zone, there could have been an easy pitch and catch for a touchdown.

2018 Week 3 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 44 / 0 rec)

The Texans primarily tight end, Griffin better start handling his other duties outside of receiving the ball better or his playing time is going to be cut into. Griffin did have 2 receptions for 44 yards and had a long for 32. The Texans tight end group has been hit or miss but part of the issue is Watson not getting them the football. Griffin has been open more times than not but being a liability in blocking situations is not helping his cause which might cause the rookies of Thomas and Akins to start taking some of his time on the field.

2018 Week 1 vs NE (5 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Ryan Griffin is the primary tight end and even though he had zero receptions during the game, he was wide open on four of those targets in which Watson delivered poor passes. The most egregious one was when Griffin was 1-on-1 with a safety, had him beat to the end zone and Watson threw a inaccurate pass no where close for Griffin to make a play. Griffin had golden chances to make plays but was let down by Watson who couldn't deliver.

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Latest News

Texans | Ryan Griffin posts 80 yards (Sun Dec 9, 09:24 PM) - Houston Texans TE Ryan Griffin posted five receptions for a season-high 80 yards on his five targets in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts.

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Schedule

15@ New York Jets
16@ Philadelphia Eagles
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