Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 11:56am
When it comes to Rams receivers, Kenny Britt isn't the only one with something to prove. Brian Quick, who flashed some promise in the first half of 2014, is recovering from shoulder surgery that prevented him from enjoying a potential breakout season. Quick figures to be the other starter opposite Britt on the outside if and when he returns to full strength.
Beyond that duo, the Rams have a pair of former West Virginia Mountaineers still looking to break out in Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. That pair will likely battle for playing time in the slot. Chris Givens, who might be in his final go-around with the team if he's unable to offer more in 2015, projects as the fifth wideout.
While it's not an impressive group in terms of potential fantasy numbers and rankings, the team hopes having stability at QB with Nick Foles will help the passing game. There were also heavy investments made in the offensive line - and at running back with draft pick Todd Gurley. As a result, the story said, the Rams believe this is the year for at least one or two of the wideouts they've been so patient with to emerge. The offense figures to be run-first, so the Rams don't need a wideout to post stud numbers, the team instead needs receivers to make big plays when presented with an opportunity.
Thomas' Tweet also said Quick isn't sure of the severity of the injury. It wasn't a pretty offensive display by the Rams but Kenny Britt did catch two balls for 52 yards to lead the way. Tavon Austin and Chris Givens could have increased roles if Quick were to miss time as could Stedman Bailey.
It's not a surprise, but Zac Stacy is active and will play against the 49ers on Monday night. He was listed as probable heading into this contest. The 49ers are the top team in allowing fantasy points to RBs, so this isn't a great matchup. On top of that, it looks like Benny Cunningham will steal some work.
Sunday, August 17, 2014, 4:39pm
Chris Givens was once thought to be the one receiver on the Rams roster who would play and play a lot this year, but Givens has been surpassed by Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin.
He's playing in the preseason with the second-and third-team offenses and isn't doing much to stand out when he does play.
Against the Saints, Givens was targeted twice and was unable to come up with a catch for the second week in a row. He had a chance to make a play on one jump ball against a defender but couldn't come down with it. Givens isn't getting many opportunities, and when they come, they're with backup quarterbacks. That's going to make it tough for him to move up the depth chart.
Friday, August 8, 2014, 1:30pm
In this camp, he's already lost reps to Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey and is getting little work with the first offense in practice. He's already been bumped to third on the depth chart and will need a big finish to work his way back to a starting role.
Thursday, July 17, 2014, 11:27am
While nothing is set in stone in terms of starters at receiver entering this training camp, Rams WR Chris Givens does seem to have the inside track on holding down a starting job, at least as camp opens. Tavon Austin also figures to have a large role. Givens will almost certainly have every opportunity to nail down the job, especially with Stedman Bailey set to miss the first four games because of a suspension. The Rams haven't had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2007 or even one to reach 700 yards since 2008. Givens doesn't have to reach the 1,000-yard mark for it to be considered a productive season but something close to 800 yards with six touchdowns would go a long way in ensuring his future as a starter.
Rams WR Chris Givens has taken a lot of steps to get his game back on track since the 2013 finale against Seattle when he didn’t have a single catch. He decided that he had to make changes in his life and make football his No. 1 priority.
“When I was young, I felt like I was trying to do too much, please too many people,” he said. “Saying ‘yes’ too much. Being afraid to let my light shine because of how it made someone else feel. So I humbled myself and made football my job. Made it a priority. And I just started writing goals and doing a lot of things.”
In Arizona he worked with longtime fitness and martial arts instructor Mack Newton. Givens described him as “this 68-year-old trainer. ... Old school. No weight-lifting. He works on building you up from the inside-out. Before every class, we’d sit down and talk for like an hour, just about spiritual things, and having the proper self-esteem.”
By now, Givens has put the frustration of last season behind him, a season that included a shoulder injury and an especially nagging ankle injury. Givens didn’t miss any games but said the ankle injury required a lot of maintenance and bothered him most of the year.
“My goals right now are to be really involved with the team, and to really embrace the whole concept of team,” Givens said. “And just to be a leader. Be a finisher. Be a catalyst. To do everything I need to do to put my body in the best position to start (training) camp.”
Givens is a candidate for a bounce-back season after a very disappointing sophomore campaign. A renewed focus on football will help, but so should the return of QB Sam Bradford, who missed much of the season with a torn ACL.
Saturday, October 19, 2013, 9:35am
Sam Bradford is a 58.4% career passer. He's been more efficient this season – 59.5% passing, 13 touchdowns, three interceptions, 90.7 rating – but never will be known for his accuracy.
Austin stands 5-foot-8 and 176 pounds. He leads the Rams with 24 catches but is averaging only 6.6 yards per reception, meaning he's mostly getting the ball near the line of scrimmage.
The bigger targets presented by Austin Pettis (6-3, 203), tight end Jared Cook (6-5, 254) and even Chris Givens (6-0, 203) are capable of creating more favorable matchups on the perimeter than Austin, who's best suited to the slot and is smallish even for that spot.
"You can get away with those guys if you have (Drew) Brees or (Tom) Brady," the executive said. "Of course, you can get away with a lot with those guys."
Austin is one of the disappointments in this year's fantasy world, mostly because he was pretty hyped up by the team in the offseason. Then the Rams said they were keeping him under wraps in preseason games, but he's obviously yet to be unwrapped this season. According to this story, he's just not a good match with Bradford. Not a good sign for the future either.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 7:29pm
Rams WR Chris Givens (knee, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Givens will play Thursday night, and although he's second on the team in receiving yardage (186), he hasn't yet found the endzone. That should change soon.
That says a lot considering the article mentions Tavon Austin being used more. And there's been numerous reports how the team intentionally underused Austin in preseason. We do have Givens slightly ahead of Austin this week in an OK matchup against the Cards at home. Givens could draw a lot of Patrick Peterson in this contest as well.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 1:38pm
We currently project Givens to catch 57 passes compared to 72 for Austin, but with a higher YPR and more touchdowns. We have Givens ranked ahead of Austin in both standard and PPR formats.
Isaiah Pead's night was largely a wash. On his first carry of the game, he got to the edge with purpose while picking up 9 yards. Later in the first half, he caught a dump-off pass from Sam Bradford, made a nice move to shake a defender on the sidelines, and picked up 10 yards in the process. But on the very next play, he chose to bounce a run outside instead of following his guard through the hole, which resulted in a loss of a yard instead of a potential gain. Despite starting and playing the majority of the first half, he converted his 12 touches into just 29 total yards while failing to make much of an impact. And while some of that can be blamed on the Rams' shoddy run-blocking, Daryl Richardson continues to run with more decisiveness and remains the favorite to start early in the season.
That said, there was one takeaway from Pead's night that you won't find on the stat sheet. He did a great job picking up the blitz on two separate pass plays in the first half, including on Bradford's 57-yard completion to Chris Givens in the first quarter. Seeing as how blitz pickup has been a problem for Pead this offseason, at least he shined in that area on Saturday night.
The Rams RB situation is being closely monitored by fantasy owners this preseason. At this point, it appears as if Richardson is well ahead of Pead, while Zac Stacy is an afterthought. While there is some risk here, Richardson is looking like a nice RB3 with some upside in the 6th/7th round. Pead can be had cheaply in the later rounds.
For Rams WR Chris Givens to take the next step in 2013, he must diversify his game by becoming stronger and smoother on intermediate routes. He had just nine catches between 11 and 20 yards as a rookie.
During the offseason program, Givens pointed out that adding those routes to his game was his primary focus. As part of the plan, Givens added a few pounds to push his weight just north of 200 pounds.
Bruce said Givens is not as “herky jerky” with his routes and appears to be smoother transitioning from running the route to catching the ball. Holt echoed those sentiments.
“He’s done a really good job with his routes, cleaning up his routes,” Holt said. “Speed, big play ability, nice size, there’s still some things that he can work on from a technique standpoint. I think he’s working on it. He’s asking a lot of questions. He’s wanting to improve his game.”
The Rams clearly trust Givens to do more than just run 9-routes deep down the field as he’s actually lining up at all three receiver positions in this camp.
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