The New Orleans Saints waived backup quarterback Ryan Griffin yesterday after veteran Luke McCown was named Drew Brees’s backup, but Griffin has cleared waivers and is back where he started. Per a source close to Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate, the Saints have re-signed Griffin to their practice squad, making him a valuable stash after no other teams decided to take a flier on the backup QB after the roster crunchdown. It was an easy “risk” for the Saints to make, as they have found a way to keep both backups; a veteran and a young guy.
Griffin put together a nice preseason, so it was clear that the Saints had some plans for the Tulane product, who is just 25. He may have lost the backup gig to McCown, but he’s still on the Saints and has a chance to become the second-string guy next offseason. Nobody is going to poach him off of the practice squad, so he’s there to stay until further notice.
At one point, Griffin was actually considered the favorite to win the Saints backup job, as he had an excellent start to the preseason, but the team understandably chose to pick the veteran and double-dip by savvily stashing away the young buck.