Chris Givens Fantasy News

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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Brian Quick unsure severity of arm injury

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:18pm

Jim Thomas on Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams WR Brian Quick had sling on left shoulder in locker.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Zac Stacy ACTIVE for MNF

Monday, October 13, 2014, 7:13pm

Rams Inactives
Alex Carrington DE
Chris Givens WR
Trumaine Johnson CB
Barrett Jones G
Case Keenum QB
Brandon McGee CB
Chase Reynolds RB

Fantasy Impact:

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

Nick Wagoner said Rams WR Chris Givens was expected to take a step forward in 2013 but never got on track.

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

ESPN - [Full Article]

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.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams receiving corps may be the most unsettled in the league. Austin figures to play starter's snaps in his second season, but Givens, Brian Quick, Bailey and Austin Pettis are all in the mix.

Chris Givens had a nagging ankle injury in 2013

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:14pm

STL Today - [Full Article]

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.”

Fantasy Impact:

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

USA Today - [Full Article]

Why is Rams WR Tavon Austin's role seemingly shrinking? A personnel executive for another NFL team theorized: "Little receivers don't work with inaccurate quarterbacks."

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."

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Beat: Chris Givens may be Rams most productive WR

Saturday, September 7, 2013, 4:05pm

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - [Full Article]

Rams WR Chris Givens that may be the most productive player among the wideouts this season, coming off a rookie season that included five consecutive games with a reception of 50 yards-plus.

Fantasy Impact:

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

STL Today - [Full Article]

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks Rams WR Chris Givens will see more targets than Tavon Austin.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

DeAndre Hopkins (concussion) ruled out for Sunday

Thursday, August 22, 2013, 8:40pm

Tania Ganguli, Twitter - [Full Article]

Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is still in phase 1 of the concussion program. Ruled out for Sunday.

Fantasy Impact:

He's been in the first phase for a while. This is definitely something to consider when deciding who to draft in the 10th/11th round. There are healthier options out there (i.e. Kenbrell Thompkins, Alshon Jeffery, Chris Givens, Golden Tate, etc.).

Isaiah Pead's start "largely a wash"

Sunday, August 18, 2013, 11:44pm

Anthony Stalter, 4for4

We asked 4for4 Scout at 101 ESPN in St. Louis to give us his thoughts on Isaiah Pead's performance against the Packers on Saturday night:

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.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Chris Givens expanding his route tree

Sunday, August 11, 2013, 12:48am

ESPN NFC West - [Full Article]

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.

Already in this training camp, Givens has made progress with his improved route running. Former Rams receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt have come away impressed with Givens’ work.

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.

Fantasy Impact:

Givens' stock is rising after a big preseason game and these glowing reports, but the Rams' receiving corps is a tough nut to crack. Givens, Tavon Austin and Jared Cook are all being drafted as fantasy contributors. We like Givens in the 10th round of 12-team drafts.

Monday, August 5, 2013, 9:57am

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - [Full Article]

Rams WR Brian Quick has made strides but still has work to do.

There are certain routes he excels at, such as the fade pattern in the end zone. But he needs to display more consistency catching the ball and get better at using his size to grab contested or 50-50 balls.

Quick looks like the No. 4 but unlike last year in camp, he has gotten plenty of practice reps with the starting offense.

Fantasy Impact:

The Rams top-three WRs right now are Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Tavon Austin.