Air Force has shown it will use the tight end in the passing game, as Garrett Griffin caught 28 passes for 515 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014-15.
Ryan Reffitt – who at 6-foot-5, 240 pounds – could see that kind of production this season coming off a junior campaign in which he caught eight passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
“He’s certainly capable of being a guy that we can depend on in the passing game as well as at the point of attack in the running game,” first-year tight ends coach Bart Miller said. “I mean, you lose a guy like Jalen (Robinette), that production’s got to be replaced somewhere. This team’s got some talent and some guys who will have to step up, hopefully Reffitt’s that guy.”
Reffitt said he expects to be used primarily as a blocker, but didn’t dismiss the possibility of making up for some of what will be lost with Robinette, who accounted for more than half of Air Force’s receptions (35 of 68) and receiving yards (959 of 1,752) in 2016.
“We’ll see,” Reffitt said.
As for Griffin, he’s still in New Orleans Saints training camp. The New Orleans Advocate reported on Thursday that Griffin is a “strong candidate” for a second consecutive season on the team’s practice squad.