Chris Givens Fantasy News

Eagles release WR Rueben Randle

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 7:23pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Philadelphia Eagles released wide receivers Rueben Randle and Chris Givens on Sunday.

Randle caught eight touchdowns for the Giants in 2015 but was up and down during his time in New York, and did not generate a ton of demand in free agency. He ended up signing a one-year deal worth just over $1 million to join the Eagles in the hopes of proving that concerns about his approach to the game were based largely on misunderstandings.

Fantasy Impact:

We had the Givens news a bit ago, but that piece thought Randle may be safe - wasn't the case. Randel didn't show a lot of enthusiasm during preseason games and those who follow the team said he never really stood out at practice. Paul Turner was having a real nice camp and stood out in preseason games and likely played a big part in the Eagles decisions. Dorial Green-Beckham caught a red zone TD on Saturday and it looks like he's going to have a role quicker than most thought. Josh Huff also displayed some playmaking skills Saturday and should make the team.

Report says Eagles release WR Chris Givens

Sunday, August 28, 2016, 5:12pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

The cuts have started -- and this one is fairly surprising.

According to Rand Getlin of NFL Network, the Eagles have released receiver Chris Givens, the veteran they signed this past offseason.

Givens had just one catch in three preseason games for 19 yards.

The Eagles have yet to confirm or announce the release. The team signed Givens to a one-year deal for $840,000 with $180,000 guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

What the Eagles do at receiver when it comes to final cuts will be interesting. Likely locks are Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff and Dorial Green-Beckham, with Randle and Turner's chances now increased. In fact, it may have been Turner's play to this point that cost Givens.

Monday, August 15, 2016, 8:34pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

The longest reception by an Eagles wideout went for 10 yards in their opening preseason game. It belonged to Paul Turner, an undrafted rookie from Louisiana Tech, who also was the team's leading receiver for the evening, with six catches for 34 yards.

The two longest receptions went to tight ends - 19 yards to Zach Ertz and 16 to M.J. McFarland. With Jordan Matthews sidelined by a knee injury, the field was wide open for 2015 No. 1 pick Nelson Agholor, 2014 third-round pick Josh Huff, former Giants second-round pick Rueben Randle, or former Rams and Ravens starter Chris Givens to step up and make a case.

None of them did. Turner was the lone bright spot. Eagles quarterbacks passed for 114 yards, with several drops.

Fantasy Impact:

The Eagle receivers couldn't get a lot of separation against the Bucs. Randle played uninspired, admitting camp has taken a toll on him. Agholor played 32 snaps and was target twice but didn't catch a pass. This is an area to watch for potential fantasy owners to hopefully see some improvement in their next contest. Outside of Matthews, there isn't a lot of excitement from a fantasy standpoint right now.

Eagles Beat: Early on Chris Givens as good as any other PHI WR

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 2:07pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

In some ways, Chris Givens is the exact kind of receiver that the Andy Reid version of the West Coast Offense has utilized since the big guy entered the NFL’s head coaching ranks in 1999.

In his first two years in Kansas City, Reid didn’t have an all-around receiver better than Jordan Matthews (sorry, Dwayne Bowe), but he did have at least one guy who could run straight down the field and draw safety help. You've probably heard it referred to as the 'X' receiver, i.e., the guy who lines up on the line of scrimmage on the weak side of the formation, the side without the tight end.

Fantasy Impact:

The position of WR is a cause for concern in Philly and outside of Matthews there isn't a ton of fantasy potential right now. But things can change. Givens likely isn't going to be a starter but it seems the team will try to use his speed and mix him in with Agholor and Randle on the outside with Matthews mostly in the slot.

Eagles Beat: Breaking down the WRs

Monday, August 1, 2016, 2:48pm

Philly.com - [Full Article]

Eagles HC Doug Pederson continues to rotate the receivers in and out of the first team offense with Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Chris Givens, Rueben Randle and Josh Huff as the primary players.

Matthews will spend the bulk of his time lining up from the slot, but he still sees time on the outside.

There’s competition for the “X” receiver spot, which is the DeSean Jackson-receiver role in Andy Reid’s offense. That guy is ideally the game-breaker, the outside receiver the quarterback needs to rely on the most because he typically starts on the short side of the field. Givens has the most speed of the group. Agholor has the most riding on his success. Randle may have the most talent of the three.

Huff’s role may morph. He’s received a lot of screens over the last week.

Fantasy Impact:

The big question is who plays on the outside. The Birds have rotated WRs in the past but it seems like the team hopes Agholor and Randle earn the outside jobs with Givens speed getting mixed in. Overall it's not an impressive group but, as they say, someone will have to catch the balls. Factor in a slower-paced offense, and the Eagles just don't have a lot of highly-desired fantasy weapons.

Eagles Beat: WR Nelson Agholor has been 'active' and looking 'smoother' at OTAs

Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 10:09pm

Jeff McLane, Philly.com - [Full Article]

Nelson Agholor was active. The Eagles (desperately?) need him to elevate his play in his sophomore season. They would love for Agholor to develop into a home run hitter, but I’m not sure that he’s a receiver who can consistently take the lid off a secondary. But he has looked smoother running a variety of other routes. He caught an early seam pass from Carson Wentz, a post in the middle of a zone from Sam Bradford and, in perhaps his best moment, caught a comeback throw after he had turned cornerback Eric Rowe around. If Agholor can’t be a consistent deep threat, the Eagles might need to turn to free-agent addition Chris Givens during the season.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor was a 5th round fantasy pick, and failed miserably to live up to that billing. The Eagles' offense is going to run at a much slower pace this year under new HC Doug Pederson, so it's an offense that will have difficulty supporting more than Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz as bona fide fantasy starters.

Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:18pm

Eagles.com - [Full Article]

New Eagles WR Rueben Randle passed up multi-year deals from other teams because he felt Philadelphia provided the best chance for success.

"I felt like it was a better opportunity for me here to showcase my talents on a one-year deal to go out there and prove myself," Randle said. "It's a new start for everyone, new coaching staff, new start for me as well."

Even though the 6-2, 208-pound Randle is only 24 years old, he along with another new addition in Chris Givens are the most experienced receivers on the team.
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"I can come out here and help those guys be better players. It's not all about me," Randle said. "I'm willing to help my teammates out and get those guys better as well so with my veteran presence I can lead the group a little bit and maybe get some things started here in the receiving corps."

Fantasy Impact:

Randle started all 16 games for the first time in his career in 2015. He expects to do so again now with the Eagles. Jordan Matthews is expected to remain a slot receiver so Randle will compete with Givens and Nelson Agholor for spots on the outside.

Eagles sign WR Chris Givens

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 2:18pm

Eagles - [Full Article]

Eagles and WR Chris Givens agree to terms on a one-year contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Givens caught 19 passes for 346 yards and one touchdown in 12 games with the Ravens. He should provide depth as a situational deep threat behind Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff.

Ravens list WR Chris Givens as starter on unofficial depth chart

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 12:43pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Something quietly changed on the Baltimore Ravens' depth chart during the bye: Chris Givens is now listed as a starting wide receiver alongside Kamar Aiken.

While the depth chart in the team's weekly release is considered unofficial, this is an indication that Givens should be considered the frontrunner over Marlon Brown and Jeremy Ross in taking over Steve Smith's starting spot.

Givens' speed complements Joe Flacco's strong arm. He is coming off his best game of the year, catching three passes for 57 yards, including a 39-yarder against the Chargers.

"Every time he has gotten in the game, he has made plays," Flacco said. "I think guys see that, guys react well to that. I think he’s becoming one of us."

It's evident Flacco already has more chemistry with Givens. In the last game, Flacco's 18-yard pass to Givens on a back-shoulder throw jumpstarted the winning drive.

“He’s starting to feel it a little bit,” coach John Harbaugh said. “He and Joe [Flacco] are starting to develop something, an understanding for one another.”

Fantasy Impact:

Givens showed a lot of promise as a rookie for the Rams in 2012, gaining at least 50 yards in seven of eight games during a midseason stretch. St. Louis had major issues at quarterback in 2013 and 2014, and Givens fell behind Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Tavon Austin on the team's depth chart over the past two seasons. Now the 4.41 speedster is going to see major snaps for Ravens with a quarterback who throws a nice deep ball. In his career, Givens has seen five-plus targets in 16 games and has averaged 3.5 catches for 54 yards and 0.12 TD in those games. He's not likely to set the world on fire, but it's feasible that he posts WR4 numbers the rest of the way.

Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm

Ravens WR Chris Givens (ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps Thursday and is questionable for Week 6.

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:18pm

Ravens WR Chris Givens (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Ravens WR Chris Givens 'will be a part' of team's game plan in Week 5

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 1:10pm

Baltimore Sun - [Full Article]

With only three other healthy receivers, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Chris Givens will be on the field Sunday when the Ravens play the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium.

“Chris will be a part of what we’re doing on Sunday,” Harbaugh said “How much he plays depends on how well he does. I’m really hopeful that he plays a lot. It will be up to him to learn what we’re doing.”

“It’s been a limited time,” Harbaugh said. “I think he had a good practice yesterday, it was a walk-through practice. He looked good. He’s working on learning the offense. That’s the main thing right now. He’s working on making sure he knows what to do, where to line up and be in the right spot for Joe [Flacco] when the time counts.”

Fantasy Impact:

If Steve L Smith sits, Givens will probably serve as the fourth receiver behind Kamar Aiken, Marlon Brown and Darren Waller, though Waller is pretty raw.

Ravens trade for Chris Givens

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:06am

Turf Show Times - [Full Article]

The Rams have reportedly traded WR Chris Givens to the Baltimore Ravens on the back of the news that WR Brian Quick is set to make his 2015 debut after three weeks among the inactives and the addition of an extra WR on the practice squad in recently signed Nick Toon.

With Givens the seeming impediment ahead of Quick on the depth chart, who knows what has gone down inside the front office in dealing with the wide receivers over the last month.

Givens was a fourth-round selection for the Rams in the RGII trade-boosted 2012 NFL Draft who was in his contract year with free agency looming in the 2016 offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

The Ravens need WR help with the news Breshad Perriman is considered out indefinitely. Givens will challenge Marlon Brown and Kamar Aiken for playing time. Michael Campanaro, who had a TD on Thursday night, was placed on IR.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 11:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Brian Quick (shoulder, rotator cuff) likely out for year

Monday, October 27, 2014, 12:41pm

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams WR Brian Quick has a dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff.

Fantasy Impact:

Schefter added that Quick is likely done for the season. In an ugly offensive performance, Kenny Britt did catch two balls for 52 yards to lead the way for the Rams in Week 8. Tavon Austin and Chris Givens could have increased roles as could Stedman Bailey.

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