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Griff Whalen Joins The Flock

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Veteran WR Griff Whalen Joins The Flock

On Friday, the Baltimore Ravens announced the signing of veteran wide receiver Griff Whalen. With training camp about to be in full swing, Ozzie Newsome continues making roster adjustments. Whalen is entering his sixth season in the NFL.

Stanford University Cardinals

In 2008, Griff Whalen made the Stanford University football team as a walk-on. He became one of only eight true freshmen to see playing time, part of which came in the Washington State game and earned him a varsity letter.

As a sophomore, Whalen worked his way into the receiver rotation. Through his twelve appearances, two as a starter, in 2009, Griff logged seven catches for 60 yards.

Whalen accumulated 17 catches for 249 yards and one touchdown in his junior season. He appeared in 13 games in 2010 with one start.

The 2011 season was Griff Whalen’s best year statistically. He had 56 receptions for 749 yards and four touchdowns as a senior and was a finalist for the Burlsworth Trophy.

NFL Career

Indianapolis Colts 2012-2015

Following the 2012 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts signed Griff Whalen as an undrafted free agent. By signing with the Colts, Whalen joined former Stanford teammates Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener. An unfortunate injury suffered in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers brought his rookie season to an abrupt end. On August 28th, the Colts placed him on the injured reserve list with a broken foot.

Due to LaVon Brazill’s four-game suspension at the beginning of the 2013 season, Griff started out with a spot on the active roster. Although they cut him after Brazill returned, Whalen impressed the coaching staff in Indianapolis enough to be signed to the practice squad. As a result of Reggie Wayne’s season-ending ACL injury during week 7, Griff Whalen again found himself on the active roster. Following another trip to the practice squad lineup, Whalen was activated in week 15. He ended his second season in the NFL as a starter.

Through 2014 and 2015, Griff Whalen had several ups and downs in both his spot on the team and his play. Whalen was a crucial part of the Colts victory over the undefeated Denver Broncos in 2015. In that game, he had five receptions for 73 yards. On December 21st, he was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list. Ultimately, the Colts waived Whalen on January 1, 2016.

2016 – Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers, and New England Patriots

The 2016 season took Griff Whalen to three new cities. However, none became home for him. On March 18th, the Miami Dolphins signed Whalen. During final roster cuts on September 4, 2016, Griff’s time in Miami ended. Fifteen days later, Whalen found himself signing with the San Diego Chargers. This too would prove to be a short stay with the Chargers releasing him on November 22nd. For one week in December 2016, Griff Whalen was a member of the New England Patriots (December 9 – December 15).

Next Stop, Baltimore

Now that Whalen has logged 47 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns over the course of 41 games, he is joining the Ravens Flock in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens could be looking for the emergence of an experienced returner during training camp. Griff Whalen could be that guy. He has good experience in that area, averaging 24.2 yards per kickoff return and 8.2 yards per punt return. With his signing coming on the same day as veteran receiver Michael Campanaro being placed on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list and with rookie receiver Aaron Bailey also on the PUP list, Whalen will have the opportunity to prove himself worthy of a spot on the Ravens’ active roster for the 2017 season.

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