A few minutes with ... Ryan Griffin

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD Saints quarterback Ryan Griffin hands off against Kansas City in a preseason game earlier this month.
Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD Saints quarterback Ryan Griffin hands off against Kansas City in a preseason game earlier this month.

Quarterback Ryan Griffin talks about trying to make the roster as an undrafted free agent at such a demanding position, how it feels like he’s a true New Orleanian after playing at Tulane, and, of course, his favorite foods.

The Advocate: What’s the challenge like of trying to earn a roster spot after not being drafted?

Ryan Griffin: It’s a battle, and not just with other people, but yourself as well in trying to get better yourself. That’s been one of my main goals in this camp.

TA: How much advice did Tulane coach Curtis Johnson, a former Saints assistant, give you about the NFL?

RG: He and our quarterbacks coach, Mike Neu (a former Saints scout), came from here. So they were two people I really relied heavily on for advice.

TA: What is the biggest jump you’ve made from the first day of rookie minicamp in May?

RG: I’m constantly striving to get better at my footwork. I’m nowhere near a finished product, but I’m taking the advice of Drew (Brees) and the coaches in trying to get better — like when to stretch my drops and when to slow it down.

TA: You’re a native Californian, but do you feel like you’re a New Orleanian now?

RG: Well, I definitely do. I’ve been here for five years now and I feel like I’ve been accepted. New Orleans is a different place ... and I love it thoroughly. I’ve had a great time, and I hope we get to stay here.

TA: What are your favorite foods?

RG: Probably boudin and shrimp etouffee.

TA: Where are your favorite eating spots?

RG: For lunch, Crabby Jack’s. For dinner, it’s Dick & Jenny’s Restaurant.

Sheldon Mickles