WR Chris Givens - Free Agent

5-11, 198Born: 12-6-1989College: Wake ForestDrafted: Round 4, pick 2012

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2015 Week 1 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Givens was not part of the Rams game plan as he received zero targets.

2015 Week 2 vs WAS (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)

Chris Givens had one reception, a 7 yard in-route, in the 3rd quarter.

2015 Week 3 vs PIT (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 24 / 0 rush)

Chris Givens was the Rams leading rusher on the day with his lone carry. During the second half on a 1st and 10 from the Pittsburgh 31 yard line, Givens took the hand off while in motion for the end around. He sprinted down the right sideline to the Pittsburgh 7 yard line on the 24 yard gain.

2015 Week 8 vs SD (4 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)

Chris Givens beat Brandon Flowers off the line of scrimmage and hauled in a perfect throw from Flacco for a 39 yard gain. Givens did well leaving Flacco room to drop the pass in between him and sideline. Givens caught a quick screen the next play but was dropped for no gain. Givens again caught a quick screen and was dropped after a 2 yard gain but had the completion nullified by a holding penalty. Givens and Flacco showed nice chemistry on a back shoulder completion against Verrett for 18 yards. Look for Givens to get more and more snaps every week. Without Smith the Flacco will look to Givens when the Ravens are in need of a big play.

2015 Week 10 vs JAX (7 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)

Chris Givens made his first catch on a quick screen and he dove ahead for 5 yards. Givens was then targeted on three consecutive plays by Flacco. First, Givens ran a slant from the slot and picked up 10. The second was another slant but went just off the fingertips of Givens. The third Givens ran a nice out route and was knocked out of bounds picking up 8 yards. Flacco threw deep to Givens but Givens didn't see the pass or try to make a play on the ball allowing Davon House to make an easy interception. Givens ran a nice route and found the soft spot against zone coverage for a 14 yard touchdown. Givens should continue to see more targets and make more plays as his chemistry with Flacco improves.

2015 Week 11 vs LA (7 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)

Chris Givens was not heavily involved in the game plan. Givens caught a slant from Flacco on the opening possession but was quickly dropped for a 5 yard gain. On the Ravens final possession Givens caught a back shoulder throw down the sideline from Flacco gaining 20. A few plays later Givens dropped a curl route and tipped the pass into the air and it was nearly intercepted.

2015 Week 12 vs CLE (3 / 1 / 48 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Chris Givens flew by Tramon Williams and got a few yards of separation for a potential 60 yard score but Schaub's pass hung in the air and Givens hauled in the long ball for a gain of 48. Givens got the ball on an end around but Paul Kruger held the edge and Givens was dropped after 2 yards.

2015 Week 13 vs MIA (8 / 3 / 68 / 0 rec)

Givens got two targets on the Ravens opening possession. The first sailed wide of the mark and Brent Grimes knocked away the second. Givens had his third target knocked away running a comeback route thanks to another subpar throw from Schaub. Givens made his first catch on a deep back shoulder throw for 36 yards. Schaub went back to Givens two plays later for 20 more yards on another back shoulder completion. Givens beat Grimes on an in breaking route for 12 yards.

2015 Week 15 vs KC (5 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

Chris Givens hauled in only one of his five targets on the day for 17 yards. He remains a non-factor in the passing game and may have been bypassed on the depth chart by Jeremy Butler, who has found some success of late by hauling in his targets.

2015 Week 16 vs PIT (4 / 2 / 45 / 0 rec)

Chris Givens had 2 receptions on 4 targets for 45 yards. Early 2nd quarter, Givens ran a curl-route for a 6 yard reception. On the play, there was some confusion whether Givens was down as he got up after making the reception and ran an additional 35 yards. Early 4th quarter, Givens ran a vertical-route for a 39 yard reception.

2014 Week 1 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)

The only other WR to make any impact was Chris Givens. Givens had a few unsuccessful targets early in the game, but couldn't do much with them. Late in the game, howver, Davis hit Givens down the left sideline for a 27 yard gain against Vikings backups. Other than that play, Givens was an after-thought in an offense that didn't have any punch.

2014 Week 7 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

Givens has been a forgotten man in this offense, but he finally got back on the field, and made a big contribution late in the game. On what turned out to be the game-winning TD drive, Givens lined up in the slot, ran forward, and then slanted across the field and caught a perfectly thrown 30 yard pass right over the defender and into Givens hands. Whether Givens can crack the lineup again remains to be seen, but this is a guy who made a lot of big plays two years ago, and it's a shame to see him hit the bench so that the Rams can continue to throw to Austin Pettis and waste time trying to use the miscast Tavon Austin as a slot receiver.

2014 Week 16 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 47 / 1 rec)

Chris Givens has been on the bench for most of the year. When he came on the game late in the 4th quarter, things were out of hand, and it looked as if the Giants didn't even know he was on the field. He ran down the right sideline, caught the ball deep downfield, and outraced the safety that was trying to cross the field to get to him. It was one of the easiest 47 yard TD's you'll ever see, though it was practically meaningless.

2013 Week 1 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

In game 1, Givens was the biggest casualty in the passing game, and he was only able to haul in two receptions, and didn't get open deep downfield. Givens' first reception came on a crossing pattern in the first quarter. Givens got the pass, broke a tackle and got ahead for a solid 14 yard gain. Then at the end of the first half, Bradford was under heavy pressure, rolled to his right and hit Givens on a curl route for 12 yards. Those were Givens' only two receptions, as his role was limited to that of a decoy on this night. Whether he remains the 3rd option on this offense remains to be seen. But the Rams seem determined to get Cook and Austin involved, so he could be very streaky this season.

2013 Week 2 vs ATL (8 / 5 / 105 / 0 rec)

Givens was the decoy in week 1, and he was the aggressor in week 2. After catching an early slant pass for 13 yards, Givens went deep on 3rd and 10, down 21-0. Givens easily got behind the CB, got separation, and made the reception on the deep ball from Bradford. Unfortunately for the Rams, that big play only culminated in a field goal. In the second half, we saw Givens running the routes underneath that resulted from the deep coverage focusing on Cook. Givens took two slant passes for long yardage, getting a 15 yard gain on one, and then making a shoestring catch, eluding a defender and running for 20 yards on the second reception. Overall Givens rebounded well. The Cook and Givens duo can stretch defenses vertically, as well as across the middle of the field. You can't double-team them both, and Bradford did a great job of getting the ball to Givens and allowing him to have a big day.

2013 Week 3 vs DAL (8 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)

Givens and Bradford at times look great, and at times just aren't on the same page. Early in the game, a mis-communication on 2nd down led to another stalled drive. Later on, Givens got open in the middle of the field, and Bradford nails him for a 24 yard gain, that was negated as Givens fumbled the ball at the end of the run. On the next drive, Bradford was under heavy pressure, but he finally escaped, rolled out and hit Givens on a curl route. Givens broke a tackle and fought for 29 yards in his biggest gain of the day. On the goalline a slant pass to Givens was thrown too far out in front of him by Bradford. Then later on in the game, Bradford went to Givens downfield on 4th and 4 and Givens got completely turned around, and wasn't able to even make a play on the ball. Then later on, Givens ran a post pattern and was open for what would have been a 20 yard gain, but he dropped the pass, ending his miserable day. Givens looked like a rookie today, and if the Rams are going to take steps, he's going to have to be a consistent downfield threat.

2013 Week 4 vs SF (8 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)

Bradford opened the game with a pretty back shoulder throw to Givens for a 13 yard-gain. In the second quarter, Givens ran a 15-yard comeback route, and Bradford hit him with a perfectly thrown ball in the middle of the zone and Givens turned it into a 20 yard gain. Givens seems to have it figured out more than the rest of the team. Unfortunately, Bradford doesn't seem to have the time to get Givens open downfield, and so his numbers again weren't that great. But for a guy who made a lot of 40+ yard catches last year, those have been notably absent over the last few games. With the Rams struggling to incorporate Austin and Cook into the lineup, it wouldn't be surprising to see them begin to focus on Givens and Pettis, the two receivers that Bradford seems to have the best rapport with.

2013 Week 5 vs JAX (7 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)

Givens had one big play in the game. He caught a slant pass, broke the tackle and gained 15 on the play. Givens also completely burnt the DB on a deep pass, getting a few yards behind him, but Bradford hung the ball in the air, and the DB was able to bat it away. Another deep pattern was evidently supposed to be a comeback route, and Givens ran a fly route, resulting in an incompletion. Although Givens is the big-play receiver on this team, Bradford has had a very difficult time getting him the ball, and his numbers have suffered as a result. The emergence of Pettis, Austin and Cook are also taking targets away from Givens. The Rams need to do a better job of getting the ball downfield to Givens, as this could open up the entire offense. But for now, they are only sprinkling in targets to him from time to time.

2013 Week 6 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Givens had a chance to have a nice day. Bradford hit him on the first drive on a screen pass, and Givens made a man miss and got 13 yards. Then Givens got a 7 yard gain on a crossing route. But his short passes setup a potential TD. On their own 20, Bradford launched a deep pass to Givens, who had easily gotten behind the secondary. Bradford's pass looked picture perfect, coming down right in front of Givens. But for some reason, Givens didn't extend his arms far enough, and the ball fell off his fingertips. The inability for Givens and Bradford to connect downfield has been a drain on this offense, and Givens had his chance here.

2013 Week 7 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)

Givens has one catch, a pass across the middle that he turned upfield for 24 yards. At this point, Givens is really losing ground on the other wr's. He is fast and big, but hasn't been able to win the trust of Bradford and get a lot of targets. He's beginning to get lost in the mix.

2013 Week 8 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)

Givens was the only receiver with a decent game. In the first half, Clemens hit Givens twice, both times underneath for short yardage when the defense was giving up short passes to protect against the Rams getting first downs. Then in the second half, Clemens settled down and he hit Givens for two 20+ yard gains. Givens is a fluid receiver, but didn't seem to get a lot of targets from Bradford. Clemens likely won't spread the ball around as much as Bradford. This being the case, it appears that Givens could be the primary receiver much more often. If this is the case, he could actually see his numbers improve, as Clemens focuses more on him. On the final drive, he ran a simple hook route, caught the ball, avoided a defender and picked up a big 21 yard gain. Givens also got a 16 yard gain on a reverse that threw the Seahawks for a loop. It will be interesting to see if Givens can continue his solid play against the Titans next week.

2013 Week 9 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)

Givens looked fast and spry, and is becoming the primary receiving target of Clemens. Clemens isn't going to work the ball around like Bradford, and Givens may become the primary beneficiary of that. That being said, he was still only used on short slant passes and routes that don't take advantage of his speed. Only in desperation time did he make a big play, and that was only a 25 yarder in the final minutes of the game. Givens is a deep-ball receiver without a deep-ball QB. He's likely to disappoint for the remainder of the season.

2013 Week 10 vs IND (4 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)

Givens has made a living on crossing routes this season, and he continued his work with 2 receptions on deep crossing routes for big yardage. Givens has the size and speed to provide a matchup problem for the defense, and this was an especially big problem when the Colts played man-to-man. He smoked his defender both times and almost scored on his second reception, hauling in a 35 yard pass and taking it down to the 2 yard line. After the big lead, the Rams offense went into a shell, and so the opportunities were limited for Givens. But Clemens clearly looks to him, and big weeks are ahead for this talented 2nd year wideout.

2013 Week 12 vs CHI (6 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Givens is the forgotten man in the transition to a running offense. Clemens did look his way once on a deep route, but the two don't seem to have good chemistry and Givens was unable to come up with the deep ball. Givens didn't record a catch, and doesn't seem to be doing a good job of carving out a role on this offense.

2013 Week 13 vs SF (9 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Givens continued his horrific play. He dropped an easy deep ball on 3rd and 1 when the game was actually in reach. He did have a couple catches, but one was in garbage time and the 49ers were in prevent. After Quick's strong 4th quarter, perhaps the Rams should look at replacing Givens with Quick, as Givens just isn't giving the Rams anything in the passing game.

2013 Week 14 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)

Givens continued his quiet play. He picked up 21 yards on the first drive on a deep post route. But the Rams spread the ball around, and so Givens never caught another pass the rest of the game. He's merely a role player at this point.

2013 Week 15 vs NO (2 / 1 / 31 / 0 rec)

Givens had one long play, but the only reason he was able to get the 31 yard gain is because his defender fell down on the quick slant. Once he fell down, Givens had a wide open field to run through, but this was his only reception of the day.

2013 Week 16 vs TB (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Just another guy now, Givens did make one big play, hauling in a 21 yard catch on the sideline. It was an impressive display of leaping ability as the throw was high and Givens had to jump high in the air to retrieve it.

2013 Week 17 vs SEA (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)

Clemens tried to look Givens way deep downfield on two occasions. On the first, Givens tripped over his own feet and couldn't even make a play on the ball. On the second, Clemens through it into triple coverage and it was intercepted. Overall 2013 was a nightmare campaign for Givens. Givens had fewer receptions, fewer yards and never scored a TD. A horrible year for a player that many thought was ready to break out.

2012 Week 1 vs DET (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Chris Givens has a lot of work to do in this offense to become productive as a WR. Givens dropped a huge bomb from QB Bradford that won't do anything for his confidence. Bradford threw a perfect pass deep with enough air to allow Givens to haul it in, but it simply clunked off his hands and fell incomplete. He has some raw talent but a lot more development is needed.

2012 Week 3 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Givens was used on passing downs. He had a quick slant bounce off of his hands near the end of the first quarter, and he caught a quick dump from Bradford early in the third for a nine yard gain. With Time running out in the 4th, Bradford threw a quick pass to him after the snap and Givens was tackled immediately by DJ Moore in the open field for no gain.

2012 Week 4 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 52 / 0 rec)

Givens is the situational deep threat for the strong-armed Bradford. He can take the top off of a defense and create holes for others to operate in, however lines like today (1 catch, 52 yards) will be few and far between.

2012 Week 5 vs ARI (5 / 1 / 51 / 1 rec)

Givens seemed to be the hard-luck Rams receiver of the day. He kept just missing - he'd fall down, or the ball would bounce off his hands, he just couldn't seem to bring the ball in. But once Amendola left due to injury, Givens dialed it up a notch. He seemed to inherit the bulk of the targets, and was super impressive beating his man with a double move, then catching a deep pass for a score. He's definitely someone to watch out for while Amendola is on the mend.

2012 Week 6 vs MIA (7 / 3 / 85 / 0 rec)

Givens, like running back Daryl Richardson, gives the Rams much needed speed on offense. The Rams were most successful off of play-action in the passing game and Givens was a key benefactor down the field. Givens got behind the defense for 65 yards and gained great separation at the end of his route. He was actually covered by a linebacker on a subsequent deep route, who made an excellent pass breakup that was a missed opportunity based on the matchup. For the middle two quarters of the game, Givens was rarely involved and that was also the part of the game the Rams struggled to get into scoring range. Givens closed the game with a reception on a hitch route in the fourth quarter. He fumbled at the end of the play, but the review overturned the potential turnover. Along with Brandon Gibson, Givens is a receiver to monitor going forward as a potential bye week flex play if he continues to increase his involvement in the offense.

2012 Week 7 vs GB (5 / 3 / 73 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)

Brandon Gibson might be Sam Bradford's favorite target, but in the void left by Danny Amendola, it appears that Chris Givens is the Rams' most dynamic playmaker at wide receiver. The NFL's leader in catches in excess of fifty yards, Givens tallied another huge gain on a bubble screen that he snagged and torched the Packers defense for fifty-six yards, the longest reception on the day for both teams. Givens led all Rams receivers with seventy-three yards through the air. The rookie from Wake Forest added one carry for fourteen yards in the ground game. Givens was the intended receiver on Sam Bradford's only interception of the day. Bradford threw the ball before Givens turned to look for it, allowing Packers cornerback Casey Hayward to pick him off. The interception might be attributed to miscommunication between Bradford and Givens. Other Rams received more targets and caught more passes, but given - pun intended - St. Louis' overall lack of developed talent on offense, it would behoove Rams coach Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer to involve Givens more in future games.

2012 Week 8 vs NE (4 / 3 / 63 / 1 rec)

Givens 50-yard touchdown catch came on a double move where he outran two defensive backs and caught a perfectly thrown ball from Bradford. He hobbled off the field later in the quarter with a foot injury but returned after a trip to the locker room. Givens was not targeted again deep which may have been a result of the injury.

2012 Week 11 vs NYJ (7 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

After being left inactive last week for breaking team curfew, Givens returned to the starting lineup against the Jets on Sunday. Seeing seven targets because the Rams were losing, Givens couldn't secure one of his trademark deep-balls, but it's promising to see that Jeff Fisher didn't keep the talented rookie in the doghouse. Still, though, Givens is running third in snaps behind Amendola and Gibson and will have to make the most of the targets he does see to have any significant fantasy value the rest of the season.

2012 Week 12 vs ARI (6 / 5 / 115 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Givens' first involvement was on a failed end around when the Cardinals met him at the line of scrimmage. The Rams came back to Givens on the next drive with a screen play in the flat. Givens sidestepped a defender before using his speed to dart 25 yards down the left sideline. The Rams were finding ways to put the ball in Givens' hands, as he ran a play-action bootleg with Sam Bradford in space for another 12 yards. On third and 10, Givens caught a deep comeback down the right sideline for a first down. Finally, Givens was able to unleash his speed deep when he beat Bethel with a route down the left sideline. Givens simply outran the cornerback before diving underneath a perfectly thrown pass from Sam Bradford for the touchdown. In the fourth quarter, Givens caught a crossing route for 21 yards when he gained good separation from the defensive backs in man coverage.

2012 Week 13 vs SF (14 / 11 / 92 / 0 rec)

By far the most productive receiver for St. Louis, Givens produced most of his yardage on quick throws. He showed great quickness and body control on slants, often making a quick cut or escaping the defender's attempt at a jam. On these short routes, Givens was able to consistently see the ball in and hold on, regardless of the pressure or ball placement. Givens also caught the ball on a couple of quick screens, resulting in good gains. On one screen, Givens did a good job of following his blockers, but when contact arrived Givens refused to go down and muscled his way to extra yardage. Bradford also threw to Givens deep, but Givens was either blanketed by the corner or blocked off by the safety. Givens had one catch of medium length, where he broke to the space on the sideline. Bradford delivered a ball with touch over the underneath defender and Givens was able to catch the ball and keep both feet in bounds as the safety came over to hit him out.

2012 Week 14 vs BUF (10 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

Givens was the top target on Sunday, garnering 10 of them, but Givens struggled getting on the same page as his QB. Bradford's first throw was intended for Givens, but it appeared Givens sat down when Bradford expected Givens to carry the route outside. Well behind him, Givens couldn't make the adjustment forcing a punt. Two drives later, Givens was targeted again, this time a much better ball, but the WR couldn't control the pass before falling out of bounds. Like Pettis' 4th down conversion, Givens' first catch was a beauty. Again with an apparent miscommunication, Givens broke outside while the throw suggested Bradford expected Givens to sit this time. Givens was able to reach back across his body to complete the difficult 13-yard completion. Givens nearly scored on the Rams' opening 2nd half drive, taking the quick screen down the Bills' one-yard line before getting pushed out. Givens just missed a huge play late in the 4th quarter too. Running a deep post, and able to get behind the coverage, Gilmore just got a hand into Givens' hands as the ball arrived, knocking it loose and preventing a 50+ yard completion. Later, it was Givens who caught the two-point conversion to extend the lead to three late. Givens also received a carry early, on an end-around, but was stretched out for a two-yard loss.

2012 Week 15 vs MIN (4 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)

Givens' first reception was an easy one when he was wide open off of play action on a crossing route for 20 yards. Just before the end of the half, Bradford threw a perfect slant pass to Givens but the receiver dropped it. Givens was wide open down the right sideline for a touchdown on the very next snap, but Bradford slightly overthrew him and Givens couldn't reach the ball after diving forward.

2012 Week 16 vs TB (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Givens was the main target when thrown to downfield, but Tampa Bay was able to keep up with the speedy rookie. Instead, Givens had to rely on more precise routes to produce, as his out route in the 1st quarter displayed. The receiver was tightly covered, but Bradford was able to put it over and outside the coverage, allowing Givens to make the catch. Givens also made a nice play on a slant route in traffic, catching the ball in traffic and absorbing hits. But Givens' production was ultimately limited by the downfield coverage that didn't allow the deep balls thrown his way to land uncontested.

2012 Week 17 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)

Givens only caught two of his three targets, but was still able to lead the team in yards because of how much Bradford spread the ball around. Givens' first catch went for 37 yards, the majority of which was all Givens. Bradford hit Givens on a quick slant just off the line of scrimmage and he was able to elude the initial tackler as he turned up field. Givens also picked up 17 yards as Bradford booted right and Givens ran a comeback, toe tapping just before he was pushed out of bounds.