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13 Chris Givens WR
Height/Weight: 6-0/203 | Birthdate: 12/6/1989 | Birthplace: Jackson, MS, USA | Team: St. Louis | College: Wake Forest | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 19/1
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Rams get minor contributions from Chris Givens, Cory Harkey


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The Rams received minor contributions from a couple of role players in a Week 2 win over Tampa Bay. Chris Givens and Cory Harkey were each targeted twice by backup Austin Davis. Harkey caught both targets for 8 yards, while Givens was held to just one catch for 15 yards.

Chris Givens turns on the jets


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Rams receiver Chris Givens caught a short second-quarter pass, shed Browns corner Justin Gilbert's tackle and raced 75 yards for a touchdown Saturday. Givens finished with two catches on three targets for a team-high 94 yards.

Givens remains behind Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Tavon Austin in the pecking order at wideout.

Chris Givens out of the first-team offense


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/8/2014) Rams receiver Chris Givens spent the offseason aiming to have a big training camp and preseason, but it's a battle he's been losing. ESPN notes that Givens has already been pushed off the first-team offense by the likes of Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Stedman Bailey (not to mention Tavon Austin). 

Givens went scoreless last season on 34 catches. Through two seasons he has three touchdowns and never more than 698 yards in a year. 


Kenny Britt among Rams' starters


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Rams' first depth chart lists Kenny Britt and Tavon Austin as the starting wideouts, reports ESPN.com. Brian Quick and Stedman Bailey are the backups, with Chris Givens and Austin Pettis on the third string.

Ankle injury hampered Chris Givens most of last season


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Rams receiver Chris Givens didn't use it as an excuse, but conceded a nagging ankle injury bothered him most of last season, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Givens had zero touchdown catches after an impressive rookie year in which he caught three scoring passes and produced a reception of 50 or more yards in five straight games.

"It’s been the longest offseason of my life,” Givens said at the start of the offseason conditioning program. "It’s just a constant reminder every day of what I didn’t accomplish — all because I got in my own way. So I’ve been waiting for this day for the longest (time)."


Different offseason approach has Chris Givens optimistic


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(4/22/2014) Rams receiver Chris Givens didn't score a touchdown last season, a stat that reasonated with him all offseason long. So when he had the opportunity to spend time with legendary trainers and stay in touch with Hall of Fame-caliber players, he didn't hesitate

Givens hooked up with soon-to-be Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams, who referred him to his long-time trainer Mack Newton. Givens also got in touch with Rams all-time receiving leader Isaac Bruce. He's spent the offseason working on the nuances of his game, including learning patience and how to set up defensive backs for big plays rather than just try to speed past them. He also recovered from ankle and shoulder injuries that hampered him. 

Givens will have a shot at starting for the Rams this season, but he'll need a solid training camp to earn the job. 

"I have some big goals and I have a lot of things I needed to change in my life," Givens told ESPN. "And just I really made football my No. 1 priority and that's all I have been doing is working on my body, getting in shape to run, not running to get in shape and just doing things the right way so I can be durable throughout my career."


Rams don't view receiver as a need


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2014) Chris Givens led Rams wideouts with just 569 receiving yards, but general manager Les Snead doesn't think the team needs to upgrade at the position. “I think our receivers right now, I truly believe as they progress … we cannot have another receiver around here, and we’re going to be a good football team," Snead told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rookie Tavon Austin led the wideouts with 40 catches, two more than Austin Pettis and six more than Givens.


Rams GM defends struggling receiving corps


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2014) Rams general manager Les Snead defended his young receiving corps despite their lack of production in 2013. Chris Givens led the team with 569 yards through the air. St. Louis has not even featured a 700-yard wideout since 2008.

"Statistically, you've heard me say teams win, individuals don't," Snead told ESPN. "We're in this fantasy football type age, and I think if you look at seven of the top 10 pass-catchers, seven of the top 10 didn't make the playoffs. So yes, those guys are really good individual players, had great seasons, it didn't mean their teams made the playoffs."

The loss of starting quarterback Sam Bradford likely played a role in those poor numbers. It remains to be seen if the Rams draft a quarterback with their second overall pick, trade back with a team yearning for a quarterback or select a premier wide receiver such as Sammy Watkins of Clemson. Snead has declared an openness to swap the selection.


Rams get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Rams got a few minor contributions in their Week 17 loss at Seattle. Receiver Austin Pettis caught both his targets for 15 yards and running back Benny Cunningham had a 2-yard reception.

Wideout Chris Givens was targeted four times without a catch. He ran once for minus-4 yards. Receiver Brian Quick was unable to secure his lone target.


Chris Givens' struggles continue


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Rams wide receiver Chris Givens did little in Week 16, in a 23-13 win over the Buccaneers Sunday.

Givens was held to just two receptions on the game, and was targeted only three times. His two catches went for 24 yards, 21 of which came on a single catch.

Givens now has just six receptions over the last four games. He heads into Week 17 against the Seahawks with 34 receptions for 569 yards on the season. 


Several Rams play role in defeat of Saints


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Jared Cook is the starting tight end for the Rams, but he was the least productive Sunday against New Orleans with just one catch for 8 yards.

Wideout Austin Pettis led the way among the minor contributors with four catches for 41 yards. Fellow wide receiver Stedman Bailey (2-26) and Chris Givens (1-31) also made it into the stat sheet. Bailey added a 6-yard run.


Chris Givens goes without a catch in Week 12


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) Rams wide receiver Chris Givens was targeted a team-high six times in Sunday's 42-21 win over the Bears, but he failed to register a reception. It was the first game this season Givens was held without a catch. 

The Rams face the 49ers in Week 13. Givens caught four passes for 49 yards when the teams first met, in Week 4. 


Rams receivers not great Week 12 options


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/22/2013) While Zac Stacy owners have to be loving the 26-plus carries he's seen in each of the three weeks, owners of Rams receivers are far less enthusiastic. Kellen Clemens has thrown just 82 passes over his three starts, an average of about 27 per game. Things hit a low in Week 11, as Clemens completed just nine of 16 attempts against the Colts. 

This situation leaves the Rams receivers with little to show for their efforts. Austin Pettis, Chris Givens, and Brian Quick have all met varying degrees of success this season, but haven't shown enough consistency -- especially since Clemens took over -- to use in most standard-sized Fantasy leagues. 

Givens leads the team in receiving yards (463), but has yet to score a touchdown and ranks third in receptions. Pettis has the most touchdowns (four), but hasn't scored since Week 5, and has six receptions in his last five games. Quick is essentially off the radar, with one long touchdown pass making up the bulk of his Fantasy scoring this season. 

While any Rams receiver could have a Tavon Austin Week 11-style breakout, it's nearly impossible to figure out who will have it, and when. Because of this, Rams receivers are best left on the waiver wire in most formats. 


Chris Givens falls 1-yard short of first 2013 touchdown


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2013) Rams wide receiver Chris Givens went another week without a touchdown during a 38-8 win at Indianapolis Week 10. Givens finished with two catches for 54 yards.

Givens came close to a few touchdowns Sunday. He was targeted on a 5-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter, but the pass was out of his reach.

Givens then had a 35-yard catch-and-run to open the second quarter, but he stepped out at the 1-yard line as he dove for the end zone. One play later, running back Zac Stacy recorded a 1-yard touchdown run.

Givens finished with a team-high four targets in the win. The Rams are on a bye Week 11 before returning to action Week 12 vs. Chicago.


Should Fantasy owners look to start Chris Givens Week 10?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2013) It's been quite a while since Rams wide receiver Chris Givens has scored a touchdown. The last time he scored came during a Week 12 showdown against Arizona last season -- a game in which he had a career-high 115 receiving yards.

Givens enters Week 10 at Indianapolis with a 14-game scoreless streak. Will Sunday be the day he finally breaks it?

Wide receivers have done very well against Indianapolis as of late. After scoring twice in the first four games, receivers have totaled eight touchdowns in the last four games against Indianapolis. Wide receivers are also averaging 237.3 receiving yards and 34.5 Fantasy points in that four-game span.

In the last four games against the Colts, Golden Tate, Jermaine Kearse, Doug Baldwin, Keenan Allen, Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Andre Johnson have all had at least eight Fantasy points against Indianapolis.

Givens has done well the last two weeks building rapport with quarterback Kellen Clemens, who has taken over for the injured Sam Bradford. However, Givens has fallen short of breaking 60 yards in both games. Week 10 could be the week he finally breaks through, but he's at best a sleeper in deep formats.


Chris Givens the top option in losing effort


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2013) Rams wide receiver Chris Givens had another decent game in Week 9, in a 28-21 loss to the Titans. Givens was targeted team-high eight times, and he hauled in four of those passes for 55 yards.  

Givens has eight catches for 113 yards over the last two games, as he is started to develop a rapport with new started Kellen Clemens. He will try to build on this momentum in Week 10, when the Rams face the Colts. 


Rams receivers not worth your time


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) The Rams receiving corps has struggled to get going this season, and a confluence of factors are working against the likes of Tavon Austin, Chris Givens and the rest in Week 9.

First off, the Rams will be starting Kellen Clemens at quarterback yet again -- he passed for just 158 yards in his first start a week ago, while being intercepted twice. In addition to the presence of the underwhelming passer, the Rams have to face the Titans, who have been stingy against the pass. Only one team allows fewer than the 13.4 Fantasy points per game the Titans give up to opposing wide receivers.

At this point, it is hard to rely on any of the Rams' receivers, from Givens and Austin to Austin Pettis, all of whom rank among the top four on the team in receiving yardage. None are worth using as anything more than an emergency starter for Week 9. 


Chris Givens leads Rams in receiving


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2013) Rams receiver Chris Givens caught a team-high four passes for 59 yards in the loss to the Seahawks, including a 21-yard gain on the game's dramatic final drive. Givens was targeted five times, tied for second most on the team.

This was Givens' best game since Week 2, when he caught five balls for 105 yards at Atlanta. He still has not scored this season.

Givens plays Tennessee in Week 9.


Rams receivers all bench fodder in Week 8


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2013) Rams receivers Austin Pettis, Chris Givens, Tavon Austin and Brian Quick have had their moments this season. Still, none ranks higher than tied for 35th among Fantasy wideouts. 

That distinction belongs to Pettis, who caught four touchdowns in Weeks 2-5. Pettis has cooled off since, with 29 scoreless yards the past two games.

St. Louis' wideouts put up their modest numbers with Sam Bradford throwing them the ball. Now they're working with Kellen Clemens, a big downgrade.

In Week 8 the Rams host the Seahawks and their shutdown secondary. Seattle gives up 191 passing yards per game, second-fewest, and has allowed six passing touchdowns, tied for third-fewest. Leave every Rams receiver on your bench Monday night.


Chris Givens does little in loss


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/20/2013) Rams wide receiver Chris Givens continues to find little success, as he had just one catch in Week 7 against the Panthers. Givens was targeted twice in the 30-15 loss, bringing in a lone reception for 24 yards.

Givens got off to a quick start to the season, but he has just 60 yards on five catches over his last three games. He will try to turn things around in Week 8, when the Rams host Seattle on Monday. 


Chris Givens does little in blowout


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/13/2013)  Rams wide receiver Chris Givens had another subpar performance in Week 6, a 38-13 win over the Texans.

Givens was targets a team-high four times, the only player to have more than two passes thrown his way. He brought in just two of those passes for 20 yards to finish second on the team.

Givens is second on the team with 271 receiving yards on 17 catches through six games. The Rams take on the Panthers in Week 7. 


Chris Givens only catches two of seven targets


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2013) Rams wide receiver Chris Givens was targeted seven times in the passing game Sunday during the Week 5 win over Jacksonville. Unfortunately, he only came down with two catches for 16 yards from quarterback Sam Bradford. 

Givens was targeted more than any other player in the passing game for the Rams. Still, with a long reception of 15 yards, his only other catch went for 1 and he did not score. 

The 23-year-old Givens has yet to score this season for the Rams. He has one 100-yard effort back in Week 2, but has done little since. The Rams play at Houston Week 6. 


Chris Givens looking to start scoring


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Rams wideout Chris Givens has not scored yet this season. He will look to change that Week 5 at home against the Jaguars on Sunday. He has the type of matchup that could get him into the end zone.

The Jaguars have not given up much receiving yardage to wideouts thus far this year. The 42 receptions they have allowed to WRs thus far is sixth fewest in the NFL. That said, they have given up six touchdowns to wide receivers, which is tied for third most. That gives Givens a good chance at scoring his first TD since Week 12 of last year.

Givens, who has never before played against Jacksonville, has a 100-yard game under his belt back in Week 2 at Atlanta. That said, he's had mediocre Fantasy production otherwise this season. St. Louis has a deep receiving corps made up of Givens, Austin Pettis and rookie Tavon Austin. It is hard to tell who will emerge on a weekly basis, but Givens can be considered a solid flex option in most Fantasy formats for Week 5 on Sunday.

Chris Givens decent again in Week 4


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2013) Rams wide receiver Chris Givens brought in just half of the passes thrown his way Thursday, in a 35-11 Week 4 loss to the 49ers.

Givens was targeted by Sam Bradford eight times, good for second on the team. Unfortunately, he finished with just four receptions as he and Bradford struggled to get on the same page. Givens finished with 49 yards receiving in the game, with a long reception of 20 yards.

Givens has 13 receptions for 235 yards, but he has yet to score in four games. The Rams next game takes place in Week 5 against the Jaguars. 


Chris Givens take the field


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2013) Rams wide receiver Chris Givens is active and in uniform, as expected, for Thursday's game against the 49ers in Week 4. Givens has been dealing with a knee injury, but made it through practice and pregame warm-ups.