1. Ryan Griffin, TE, NY Jets
Perhaps the most fascinating roster battle on offense will take place at tight end. And one player at the position who could find himself on the chopping block is Ryan Griffin.
After stepping up in the absence of Chris Herndon and filling in admirably in 2019, the Jets rewarded Griffin with a three-year, $10.8 million extension.
It was a bit of an odd move at the time, and one that certainly hasn't aged well.
Griffin was an afterthought in 2020 despite an atrocious year from Herndon, hauling in just nine catches for 86 yards. It was the least productive season of his eight-year career.
Now heading into 2021, it's hard to see where he fits in on the roster.
Herndon is the starter with free-agent signing Tyler Kroft presumably serving as his primary backup. After that, things get a little tricky.
Also in the mix are fullback/tight end hybrid Trevon Wesco, special teams standout Daniel Brown, and undrafted rookie Kenny Yeboah.
Wesco has a clear path to the roster as the team's only viable fullback option. Brown's path is through his contributions on specials (he's led the Jets in special teams snaps in each of the last two seasons). And Yeboah has athleticism and youth on his side.
But Griffin? His path is unclear.
Not to mention that the Jets could move on from the 31-year-old with minimal dead cap charge and save roughly $2.3 million in the process.
Griffin needs to find a way to contribute, be it on specials (where he has considerable experience) or on offense. If not, the Jets will likely turn to their other options at tight end.