NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Saints quarterback Ryan Griffin made the most of his opportunity in last week's preseason opener, and now in his third training camp with the black and gold, Griffin is hoping to break through as Drew Brees' backup.
Griffin has steadily improved since his days at Tulane, and after throwing for a team-best 112 yards and a touchdown against Baltimore, he's giving the Saints several reasons to keep him on their roster. However, veteran Luke McCown has been the team's backup the past two seasons, while rookie Garrett Grayson is not expected to be released. That makes Griffin the projected odd man out, but if he continues to play at a high level, Griffin may find his breakthrough with another team.
"I can't worry about what Luke has in experience or all of the other factors, I've just got to worry about myself and what I can do with this battle, make the most of it, keep getting better and so I'm more looking at myself and how I can get better as a football player," Griffin said. "I know it's a competition but it's a competition with everybody in the league, so it's all about getting yourself better and improving."
Coach Sean Payton has seen Griffin progress over the past three camps. "Just the comfort level and getting in the huddle with the play, getting out, understanding where his outlets are, understanding the packages we are putting together and getting us in the best play. I think his tempo has gotten better. I think that comes with time."
Griffin and the Saints host the New England Patriots on Saturday night at 6:30.