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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:53:56 -0700
The St. Louis Rams did not select a wide receiver with any of their 12 selections in this year's draft, and head coach Jeff Fisher said they are happy and confident with the group of young receivers they have on their roster. St. Louis ranked 29th in the league in receiving yards last year, 26th in yards per catch and were tied for 20th in receiving touchdowns. WR Tavon Austin came on strong late in his rookie year, and WRs Chris Givens and Brian Quick are expected to do more in their third seasons with QB Sam Bradford coming off an injury. WR Stedman Bailey will miss the first four games of the season due to a suspension, but the team also took a chance on WR Kenny Britt.
Fantasy Tip: Austin should be primed to take the next step in his sophomore season. One of the big reasons why the Rams' offense sputtered so much over the course of the season was because Bradford wasn't around. With a healthy Bradford, all of St. Louis' aerial weapons should benefit.
Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:25:22 -0700
The St. Louis Rams signed free-agent WR Kenny Britt (Titans) to a one-year, $1.4 million deal Monday, March 31, according to a source. The deal could wind up being worth as much as $2.9 million. Britt will receive $550,000 in guarantees.
Fantasy Tip: Britt has a chance to start anew, and a reunion with coach Jeff Fisher in a new environment could rejuvenate the struggling wideout. If Britt can eliminate dropped passes and endear himself in this offense, he could be a surprise as a WR3 or 4 opposite Tavon Austin. He won't be given the job outright, though; he'll have to compete for a starting spot with Austin Pettis and Chris Givens.
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:01:32 -0700
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher praised Clemson WR Sammy Watkins' talent, but he also said he likes what the team has at receiver. "I think with what we have on the roster right now, we can provide (quarterback) Sam (Bradford) with the talent to where we can win a lot of games," Fisher said. "We're expecting improvement. We're still seeing improvement from (receivers), for example, Brian Quick, Chris Givens who are going into their third year."
Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:51:40 -0800
St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead said the team doesn't necessarily need a No. 1 wideout to compete with the rest of their division moving forward, despite the Rams finishing 30th in the league in total yards and 22nd in offensive points in 2013. WR Chris Givens led the team's receivers with only 569 receiving yards last year, and St. Louis hasn't had a receiver even reach 700 yards since former WR Torrey Holt in 2008.
"I go back to this and the answer is really 'no' on that," Snead said. "I think our receivers right now, I truly believe as they progress and the oldest guy just finished his third year, we cannot have another receiver around here and we're going to be a good football team."
Sat, 14 Dec 2013 09:30:56 -0800
St. Louis Rams RB Benny Cunningham, RB Isaiah Pead and WR Chris Givens could be kick returner options Week 15 if WR Tavon Austin (ankle) is not able to play.
Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:06:33 -0700
St. Louis Rams QB Kellen Clemens is expected to start at quarterback with QB Sam Bradford (knee) out for the rest of the season.
Fantasy Tip: Avoid Clemens everywhere, unless you're in a cavernous league that starts two QBs. Wideouts Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Tavon Austin should be bumped down in your weekly rankings now, too.
Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:57:05 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Sept. 25, and he is considered probable for Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, Sept. 26.
Tue, 24 Sep 2013 19:58:58 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens (knee) was able to take part in a full practice session Tuesday, Sept. 24.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 18:50:08 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens (knee) was listed as having not practiced Monday, Sept. 23, due to a knee ailment.
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 09:00:40 -0700
The St. Louis Rams might only keep five wide receivers to start the regular season due to injuries at the tight end position. WRs Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Brian Quick are considered the "big five." WRs Emory Blake, Nick Johnson and Justin Veltung are believed to be battling for the sixth receiver job.
Fantasy Tip: Even if Blake, Johnson or Veltung were to find their way onto the roster, they're a long way from having any fantasy appeal.
Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:43:13 -0700
St. Louis Rams Chris Givens continues to impress during training camp and the preseason. He had a particularly strong practice Thursday, Aug. 15, making several acrobatic grabs to the delight of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.
Fantasy Tip: Givens is worth plucking off the board in the area of Rounds 10 through 12 on draft day. He has good speed, and knows the offense well. Teammate Tavon Austin has been going a little higher, around Round 6 or 7, but you might actually get more value with Givens.
Wed, 14 Aug 2013 14:05:44 -0700
St. Louis Rams wide receivers coach Ray Sherman said the team knows what WR Chris Givens can do as a deep threat, but want him to work in his intermediate routes because the team wants to use his speed on those routes. The team also had Givens add some muscle to help with his ability to get off press coverage as well as his blocking ability.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:47:00 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens said he is looking to improve his play this season and have a breakout season. "I'm really looking to improve my game," said Givens. "To make this year a mission statement for me and just to really come out and show I can do more than last year." Givens said he and QB Sam Bradford have chemistry because they have worked out a lot together.
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 20:03:30 -0700
St. Louis Rams WRs Chris Givens and Austin Pettis are each listed as projected starters on the team's initial depth chart heading into training camp. WRs Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey and Brian Quick are listed as 'key contributors'.
Fantasy Tip: There is still plenty to be hashed out during training camp and the preseason, but Givens is the best of the lot in terms of fantasy appeal due to his big-play ability.
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:44:04 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Brian Quick reportedly had a disappointing spring, and he tumbled down the unofficial depth chart, working as the No. 4 receiver as organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp ended. However, it is believed the rookie Tavon Austin, Chris Givens and Austin Pettis just had better practices, as offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer had good words for Quick. "(Quick's) doing a lot better. He's stepped up this year. He's just much more comfortable," Schottenheimer said.
Fantasy Tip: As such, unless Quick can work his way back into a starting role, or injuries strike others at the position, he is only worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues.
Sun, 16 Jun 2013 20:42:34 -0700
St. Louis Rams WRs Austin Pettis and Chris Givens were working as the starting outside wide receivers as spring practices wound down.
Fantasy Tip: Pettis and Givens might be solid No. 4 fantasy wideouts, as occasional WR3 or flex plays, on draft day if they can maintain their starting spots in training camp and the preseason.
Mon, 27 May 2013 22:35:47 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens connected with QB Sam Bradford on at least a few deep balls in practice Friday, May 24. Givens has added muscle and appears ready to handle a full season's workload.
Fantasy Tip: The added potency of new weapons - TE Jared Cook among them - may give Bradford more cred as a high-upside QB2. Givens showed big-play flashes last year and could be a WR4 in standard-scoring formats.
Sun, 26 May 2013 16:56:03 -0700
The St. Louis Rams offense is likely to be more high octane after adding plenty of weapons via free agency and the draft by QB Sam Bradford. However, it was holdover WR Chris Givens which Bradford was working with on the long ball during organized team activities (OTAs).
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:25:32 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens will have a bigger role in 2013, as the team saw WRs Danny Amendola (Patriots) and Brandon Gibson (Dolphins) leave via free agency. Givens was more comfortable running short and intermediate routes as the season progressed last season, rather than just being a downfield threat. "He improved weekly," head coach Jeff Fisher said. "We were able to do more and more with him as he got more familiar. I think he knows that this is his opportunity."
Fantasy Tip: Givens had several long touchdowns last season, and fantasy owners were very familiar with him. However, he should be targeted even more frequently this season, making him a nice low-end WR2 or flex fantasy play. Look for a lot more consistency in terms of fantasy production in 2013, as last season he was mostly all or nothing.
Sun, 17 Feb 2013 17:49:14 -0800
If impending free-agent WRs Danny Amendola (Rams) and Brandon Gibson (Rams) are not brought back, that would leave St. Louis Rams WRs Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Brian Quick as the only wideouts under contract with the team in 2013. However, head coach Jeff Fisher doesn't sound concerned either way, noting the team could look for help outside the organization. "Not a concern whatsoever," Fisher said. "There's options out there. The free-agent market, there's options out there, and it's a great draft for a receiver this year."
Sun, 09 Dec 2012 08:35:42 -0800
St. Louis Rams WR Danny Amendola (foot) is inactive for the team's Week 14 contest at the Buffalo Bills.
Fantasy Tip: Chris Givens has benefited in recent weeks with Amendola unavailable or severely limited, so that should continue. He's a solid WR3 or flex player against Buffalo.
Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:13:04 -0800
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher hinted that WR Chris Givens could have an expanded role the last four games of the season now that he's improving his short game. "Yeah, we've been talking about that. He's got to bring his game from the long touchdown passes back closer to the line of scrimmage and be more proficient in the short and intermediate passing game, and he's doing that. He's getting to where he needs to get to. He's making the quick catches. It's also very helpful when you have an accurate quarterback to put the ball where he needs to put it. He's a guy that, hopefully, as we push through the rest of the season, will have more plays. What we're looking for is the run after catch opportunities for him, but he's improving," Fisher said.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 18:14:54 -0800
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens posted a career-best 11 receptions for 92 yards in the Week 13 game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Sun, 25 Nov 2012 21:25:48 -0800
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens finished with five receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 win against the Arizona Cardinals.
Fantasy Tip: It was Givens' first career 100-yard game, and his five catches were also a career best. He has found the end zone three times in the past six games. He has emerged as a dependable WR3/4 or flex play in leagues of 12 or more teams.
Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:09:07 -0800
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said WR Chris Givens and CB Janoris Jenkins will play Week 11 but would not say if they will start. Neither player was active in Week 10 because they violated team rules last week.
Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:05:27 -0800
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said Monday, Nov. 12, that WR Chris Givens and CB Janoris Jenkins, inactive for the Week 10 game due to disciplinary reasons, will practice Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Mon, 12 Nov 2012 08:55:31 -0800
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens and CB Janoris Jenkins missed curfew, and coach Jeff Fisher made them run stairs before the game in Week 10.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 12:10:12 -0800
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens and CB Janoris Jenkins are inactive for Week 10 because they violated team rules.
Sun, 11 Nov 2012 11:56:39 -0800
The St. Louis Rams have declared QB Austin Davis, OG Chris Williams, WR Chris Givens, FS Darian Stewart, DL Eugene Sims, CB Janoris Jenkins inactive for Week 10.
Tue, 06 Nov 2012 18:03:30 -0800
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens had a 50-yard touchdown in the Week 8 game against the New England Patriots, giving him a fifth straight week with a catch of at least 50 yards or more. That moved him past former Chicago Bears WR Willie Gault for the NFL rookie record. Head coach Jeff Fisher said opposing defenses respect Givens' speed, and he could have some more opportunities in the short and immediate passing game.
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 16:31:36 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens caught three passes for 63 yards and one touchdown in Week 8 against the New England Patriots. Givens set an NFL rookie record by catching a pass of at least 50 yards in his fifth straight game.
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 11:17:22 -0700
Updating a previous report, St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens (toe) returned to the game in the second quarter of the Week 8 game against the New England Patriots after leaving earlier with a toe injury.
Sun, 28 Oct 2012 10:33:18 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens (toe) left the Week 8 game in the first quarter against the New England Patriots due to a toe injury. He is questionable to return. Givens posted a 50-yard touchdown reception before departing.
Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:54:21 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens (illness), OT Wayne Hunter (back), OT Rodger Saffold (knee), DE Eugene Sims (knee) and LB Mario Haggan (thigh) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Oct. 24.
Sun, 09 Sep 2012 20:08:53 -0700
St. Louis Rams rookie WR Chris Givens played in the Week 1 game against the Detroit Lions, but he did not post any offensive statistics. He was targeted just once in the passing game.
Tue, 28 Aug 2012 19:14:17 -0700
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher wants to get WRs Chris Givens and Brian Quick time with the first-team offense in the preseason finale, although he also admitted WR Steve E. Smith hasn't had much chance to work with QB Sam Bradford either. "Yes, there's a chance I'll move them up. I'd like to see Givens and Quick in there, but they're all young receivers," Fisher said. "You take, for example, Steve Smith's case. He hasn't really had an opportunity to work with Sam. We'll play as many as we can earlier in the game and with the numbers down, they'll be playing throughout the game."
Mon, 20 Aug 2012 13:10:06 -0700
St. Louis Rams rookie WRs Brian Quick and Chris Givens will both see action for the team. The straight ahead speed Givens brings to the table may allow him to see a bit more time than Quick, who has had some dropped balls and is still learning to use his size in the NFL.
Sat, 04 Aug 2012 18:12:26 -0700
St. Louis Rams WR Chris Givens appears to be slightly ahead in his development than WR Brian Quick. Givens is a deep threat from the flanker position, while Quick has been a bit inconsistent early on. The coaches are working with Quick to get him to show more flashes as a big receiver at the split-end position.
Sun, 29 Jul 2012 20:19:20 -0700
St. Louis Rams WRs Danny Amendola, Chris Givens and Brian Quick are considered locks for the final roster.
Fri, 01 Jun 2012 13:41:29 -0700
The St. Louis Rams have signed fourth-round draft choice WR Chris Givens and seventh-round draft choice Aaron X. Brown to four-year deals. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Mon, 14 May 2012 10:50:17 -0700
St. Louis Rams WRs Brian Quick, Chris Givens and Danny Amendola appear to be the only receivers that are locks to make the final roster if the team decides to keep six receivers.
Sun, 29 Apr 2012 13:11:13 -0700
St. Louis Rams WRs Brian Quick and Chris Givens could receive significant playing time this season and could be two of the team's top three receivers.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 15:59:54 -0700
St. Louis Rams rookie WRs Brian Quick and Chris Givens complement each other well. Quick is 6-foot-3 and 222 pounds and his skill set is a nice complement to Givens, who is 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds and known for having straight-line speed. "We're going to come in and work hard and try to get the Greatest Show on Turf back," Givens said.
Sat, 28 Apr 2012 15:40:15 -0700
St. Louis Rams rookie WR Chris Givens, a fourth-round draft choice, can help the Rams in the return game as well as playing receiver. Givens, who had some injury problems while at Wake Forest, had 83 receptions for 1,330 yards in 2011.
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 10:38:37 -0700
The St. Louis Rams are expected to take a wide receiver with the 33rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and likely will consider Appalachian State WR Brian Quick, Louisiana State Rueben Randle and Wake Forest WR Chris Givens.
Fri, 27 Apr 2012 01:11:58 -0700
The St. Louis Rams currently hold three second-round draft choices, picks No. 33, 39 and 45 overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. After not landing a wide receiver in the first round, the Rams are almost a lock to take one early in the second round. Options for the team appear to be WRs Brian Quick (Appalachian State), Rueben Randle (Louisiana State) and Chris Givens (Wake Forest). The team is likely to use one of their other second-round selections on a linebacker and adding a guard is also a possibility.
Sun, 15 Apr 2012 10:21:22 -0700
The St. Louis Rams met Wake Forest WR Chris Givens and Appalachian State WR Brian Quick Friday, April 13.
Sun, 26 Feb 2012 22:21:22 -0800
Wake Forest WR Chris Givens recorded 40-yard dash times under 4.4 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine Sunday, Feb. 26. Givens also had soft, consistent hands in pass-catching drills, and he displayed good balance.
Sat, 31 Dec 2011 12:38:26 -0800
Wake Forest WR Chris Givens will forgo his senior season and enter the 2012 NFL Draft.