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Ryan Griffin has likely played his final snap with the NY Jets

By Kristen Wong
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NY Jets tight end Ryan Griffin was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday, ending his 2021 season and perhaps his Jets career.

Griffin's knee injury is apparently serious enough to rule him out for the final three games, and it seems likely that the Jets could move on from him at the end of the year.

After starter Tyler Kroft got injured, Griffin took over as the Jets' go-to tight end mostly because of a lack of overall talent at the position. New York hasn't found any success with their tight end room this season and will likely overhaul the position in 2022.

The veteran tight end recorded 261 receiving yards and two scores this year and was somewhat consistent in the passing game, having hauled in at least one pass in each of New York's first 14 games.

The NY Jets could move on from Ryan Griffin in the offseason

That's a pretty low bar for a tight end, though, and Griffin has failed to record more than four catches in a single game this season.

New York could stand to profit much more if the team decides to let him go: Griffin's release would create three million in cap space in the offseason, giving the Jets additional cap flexibility.

Griffin has nine years of experience under his belt, but it's hard to say if he'll get picked up by another team, If this season marks Griffin's last, it certainly wasn't his most productive.

In his first year with the Jets in 2019, Griffin recorded 360 yards and five touchdowns with the expectation that he could improve those numbers with more time spent in the Jets' offense.

Two years later, Griffin's ceiling continues to lower, and the tight end just isn't as impactful as New York needs him to be.

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His three-year Jets career remains modest, and Griffin may be quickly forgotten as New York attempts to rebuild its tight end room next season.

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