Rams Trade Wide Receiver Chris Givens to the Ravens


The Chris Givens era is finally over in St Louis.

According to reports, the St Louis Rams have traded away their deep threat wide receiver Chris Givens to the Baltimore Ravens, who are having some major injury issues at wide receiver at the moment. The trade will send a 7th round pick to St Louis. The move will likely make room for Brian Quick to be activated, who will be making his season debut Sunday against the Cardinals. This also will allow St Louis to likely add Nick Toon to the 53 man roster.

Givens was known by the Rams fan base as a “one trick pony” as he set records his rookie season for the most consecutive games with a 50+ yards catch. Givens had 81 targets his rookie season, and ended up with 42 receptions and 698 yards receiving. The following year, Givens had more targets at 83, but far less catches (34) and yards (569).

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After those first two years, Givens seemed to fade away down the depth chart line. In 2014, Givens had only 11 catches for 159 yards. This season he has only one reception for seven yards. Givens’ inability to run short routes and lack of size really do not fit with the St Louis scheme. The Rams already have their small slot receiver in Tavon Austin, so another is just simply unneeded at the moment.

The Ravens, however, fit Givens way more. Without Torrey Smith there, the Ravens have lacked a deep threat all season. This will allow Givens to spread deep and do what he is best at in a system that works for him. This will likely make room for Brian Quick to start and Nick Toon to be added to the 53-man roster. These two receivers are what St Louis needs right now, with route running and possession catching ability.

It’s a little surprise to see only a seventh round pick given up for him, but that is likely due to the lack of production over the last two seasons. Givens will now have a chance to succeed, and a change of scenery might be good for him.

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