5. Ryan Griffin, TE, NY Jets
Ryan Griffin has become somewhat of a forgotten man in the Jets' offense after a dud of a 2020 season. But rejuvenated and healthy, he has a chance to make an impact again this season.
Griffin suffered a pretty gruesome ankle injury toward the end of the 2019 season after what was a pretty successful campaign for the longtime Houston Texans tight end.
He finished the year with 34 catches for 320 yards and a career-high five touchdowns starting in place of the injured Chris Herndon. It was enough to earn him a three-year, $10.8 million extension in November.
Unfortunately, that ankle injury carried over into 2020 and he never felt quite right. Now back at 100 percent again, he's looking the part of the player he was two years ago.
Connor Hughes of The Athletic described Griffin's resurgence and highlighted an excellent catch he made during last Tuesday's practice.
"Tight end Ryan Griffin made another impressive grab. He finally looks healthy after that ugly leg injury in 2019."- Connor Hughes, on Ryan Griffin
Griffin was seen as a potential cut candidate this offseason after his disappointment last year, and he still isn't guaranteed a roster spot.
With Chris Herndon and Tyler Kroft likely guaranteed roster spots, the remaining two spots (assuming the Jets carry four tight ends) will be up for grabs between Griffin, Trevon Wesco, Daniel Brown, and Kenny Yeboah.
Wesco has versatility as a fullback. Brown is a special-teams ace. Yeboah is young and has upside. Griffin needed a strong showing this spring and summer to make a case for a roster spot.
He did his part in OTAs. Now, he must carry over that momentum into the summer.