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Chargers 90-in-90: OL Ryan Groy

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The former 2-time Big Ten Champion has the connection already with Anthony Lynn. Does that guarantee a spot on the team in 2020?

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Ryan Groy was born and raised in the town of Middleton, Wisconsin. He attended MIddleton High School where he starred before accepting an offer to live out his dream as a member of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Groy redshirted his first year on campus but collected a pair of starts in redshirt freshman season at fullback. The 6’5 Groy was then transitioned to the offensive line the following year and that led to his first four career starts on the line, three at left guard and one at center.

He won the starting job at left guard spot in 2012 where he started 12 of the 14 total games while starting a pair of games at left tackle. During his senior year, he started all 13 games at left guard. In the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Groy helped the Badgers to back-to-back Big Ten Championships.

Groy ended up going undrafted in 2014 but eventually signed with the Chicago Bears. He started three games in Chicago towards the end of his lone season with the team. On August 15 of the following year, Groy was traded to the Patriots. Within a month, he was released with an injury designation.

After being signed to the Buccaneers’ practice squad for a short stint, Groy was then picked up by the Bills who had him start a handful of games following an injury to starter Eric Wood. Groy went on to start 14 total games over 3 and a half seasons in Buffalo before being benched in favor of teammate Russell Bodine. In the offseason prior to the 2019 season, he was signed by the New Orleans Saints but did not make it past final cuts that August.

In October of 2019, Anthony Lynn signed Groy to the Chargers after the two spent several years together in Buffalo. Most recently he was re-signed on May 20.

Basic Info

Height: 6’5
Weight: 320
College: Wisconsin
Experience: 6
Years with team: 1

Contract Status

Ryan Groy signed a 1 year, $935,000 contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, including an average annual salary of $935,000. In 2020, Groy will earn a base salary of $910,000 and a roster bonus of $25,000, while carrying a cap hit of $775,000.” - Spotrac.com

The Good

Groy was a versatile piece along the offensive line for Wisconsin where he recorded multiple starts at three different positions. In the NFL, he has offered teams the ability to play either of the three interior positions. While most of his starts in the NFL have come at center, he’s been a depth piece at guard and has seen time as a sixth offensive linemen in certain formations for the Chargers.

The Bad

After being a “feel good” story going from an undrafted free agent to seeing starting time with the Bills, Groy’s path started going back downhill following his initial benching in Buffalo and he hasn’t been able to break through into another starting lineup.

Odds of making the roster/What to expect in 2020?

I think Groy has one of the best chances to make the final roster if the team decides to keep 9-10 offensive lineman after final cuts. He’ll certainly be a depth piece but guys like Forrest Lamp and Scott Quessenberry will be the first two guys to earn the back-up jobs along the interior. The Chargers may also keep some extra depth at tackle since they are still figuring out who will play on the left side. That spot may be a little bit of a revolving door if no one can lock it down from the start. Chances are that Groy is the last guy in at the position.