METAIRIE, La. — Ryan Griffin won’t venture to guess what the New Orleans Saints have planned for him.
But one thing Griffin, the former Tulane quarterback, can say is that he knows he’s in a good situation.
“I’m just happy to be here,” Griffin said. “Every day is a blessing. As an undrafted free agent, you don’t always have anything guaranteed. I’m just happy to be here and every day I appreciate it.”
His situation with New Orleans should be aided by the fact he was coached this past season by Curtis Johnson, a former Saints assistant coach who brought Sean Payton’s offense with him to Uptown.
In 2012, Griffin completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,771 yards and recorded 20 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He averaged 307.9 yards passing per game.
So far, Griffin says everything is pretty similar.
“I’d say about 90 percent of it is the same,” Griffin said. “And a lot of the terminology is the same, which is probably the biggest part because everybody runs the same concepts.”
That’s where Payton believes Griffin is different from a typical first-year rookie quarterback. It also should put him, at least from an offensive knowledge standpoint, ahead of Seneca Wallace, who signed with the Saints this offseason, and on par with Luke McCown. In the fight for the backup role.
“It’s noticeably different than maybe most first-year quarterbacks coming in and trying to pick things up right away,” Payton said of Griffin’s understanding of the offense. “You know, there’s a lot of things that are familiar. That’s a big plus for him.”
Griffin said that knowledge has helped him think less and act quicker.
“It’s always best to go out there and not have to think because you play faster and you play looser and you play better,” Griffin said. “It definitely helps and I’m just happy to have that opportunity.”
In the past, they’ve kept projects like Griffin on the practice squad or brought one on and off the roster a la Sean Canfield.
That said, Griffin – a four-year starter at Tulane – isn’t worried about just what the Saints have planned for him.
“I’m not here to judge my play and future,” Griffin said. “I’m just here to work hard and make my best with every play and rep I get.”