When free agency began last weekend the Chiefs made it clear they would not be players in free agency. Instead they had hoped to land second tier players who would not cost the team a great deal of cap cash.
While on the surface it appeared that the Chiefs were set at running back, realistically, the Chiefs had serious depth issues, and Griffin will go a long way in addressing those concerns. Nonetheless, this was a great move by Kansas City.
In 2004, Griffin gashed the Chiefs for 156 yards on 23 carries, and I remember wondering how he'd look in the Chiefs' perimeter running game. Now we get the chance.
Griffin spent the first two seasons of his NFL career with the Denver Broncos. He went to training camp with the Broncos in 2005, but was released prior to the regular season. He played in 16 games (five starts) for the Broncos, rushing 179 times for 656 yards (3.7 avg.) with two TD's and catching 18 passes for 129 yards (7.2 avg.) with a TD. Griffin also played in one playoff game for Denver, carrying the ball six times for 60 yards and adding two receptions for 18 yards. He originally entered the NFL as the first of Denver's three fourth-round picks (108th overall) in 2003.
At 5'7", 195 pounds, Griffin should excel as a change of pace back, spelling Johnson. Griffin has good speed, and uses his lack of size well. He excels at hiding behind his blockers and popping out when he finds a hole. As a receiver out of the backfield, Griffin displays nice hands, pulls the quickly and gets up-field. The only knocks against Griffin are his lack of real game breaking speed, and that he tends to wear down quickly if he's forced to start.
Once Priest Holmes went down last season, the Chiefs were woefully thin at running back. Having only reserves Dee Brown and McKenzi Smith made it hard to spell Johnson during games. Griffin plays like a slightly smaller version of Holmes. His running style, although not as dynamic as Holmes', is very similar.
Now with the addition of Griffin, the Chiefs don't have to spend a draft pick on running back depth. Now, if only the Chiefs can find a defensive end and a cornerback.
Quentin Griffin Joins the Tribe
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