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Chris Givens (born December 6, 1989) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was selected in the fourth round, 96th overall by the St. Louis Rams in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wake Forest.

Chris Givens
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1989-12-06) December 6, 1989 (age 29)
Jackson, Mississippi
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:197 lb (89 kg)
Career information
High school:Wylie (TX)
College:Wake Forest
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 4 / Pick: 96
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-ACC (2011)
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:107
Receiving yards:1,779
Receiving touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com

High school careerEdit

Givens attended Wylie High School in Wylie, Texas, where he was a two-sport star in football and track. He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in September 2007 to bring an early close to his high school football career. Rushed for 247 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries against Hebron in the second game of the 2007 season, but injured his knee the following week in the first quarter against Richardson Berkner.

Givens was regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com,[1] and was a teammate of Patrick Witt.[2]

Also an outstanding track & field athlete, Givens won the District 9-5A 100 meter title in 2007. He was third in the district meet in 2007 in the 200-meter dash with a 22.29 clocking and a member of the district champion 800 meter relay team (1:28.33). He ran a 10.44-second 100-meter dash (electronic) at the Jesuit-Sheaner Relays in 2007. In late January 2008, just 15 weeks after ACL surgery, he clocked a 10.70 in the 100 meters. Also ran a 10.62 100m during the 2008 Region 2-5A meet. He was ranked as high as the fourth fastest in the 100 meters in the Texas high school ranks.

College careerEdit

Givens played college football at Wake Forest University from 2009 to 2011.[3][4][5] He totaled 629 receiving yards as a redshirt freshman in 2009 and 514 as a redshirt sophomore in 2010. In July 2011, he was placed on the watchlist for the Fred Biletnikoff Award.[6] After catching six passes for 101 yards in Wake Forest's October 2011 win over Florida State, Givens was named the Offensive Receiver of the Week by the Atlantic Coast Conference for the second consecutive week.[7][8] In the first seven games of the 2011 season, Givens had 46 receptions for 866 yards and eight touchdowns.[9] As of October 23, 2011, Givens's 886 receiving yards during the 2011 season ranked fifth among NCAA Division I FBS players.[10]

StatisticsEdit

Receiving Rushing
Season Team GP Rec Yds Avg LNG TD Att Yds Avg LNG TD
2009 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 12 45 629 14.0 54 8 15 98 6.5 17 0
2010 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 12 35 514 14.7 81 4 16 63 3.9 22 2
2011 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 13 83 1330 16.0 79 9 14 77 5.5 13 0
Total 37 163 2,473 214 21 45 238 52 2

[11]

Professional careerEdit

2012 NFL DraftEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
198 lb
(90 kg)
31 14 in
(0.79 m)
8 14 in
(0.21 m)
4.41 s 1.52 s 2.51 s 4.23 s 6.97 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
19 reps x
Values from NFL Combine [12]

Givens was selected by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round (96th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft. Givens was the first player selected on Day 3 of the 2012 Draft.

St. Louis RamsEdit

2012 seasonEdit

On June 1, 2012, Givens signed a four-year contract with the Rams worth $2.6 million.[13] Through the first two games of the regular season, he was held without a reception or a target from the quarterback. Givens would not catch a pass until Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, when he beat Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman for a 52-yard reception.

In a Week 5 win against the Arizona Cardinals, Givens caught a 51-yard pass, resulting in the first touchdown of his NFL career. He would go on to catch a pass of 50-plus yards in five consecutive games from September 30 to October 21, 2012, an NFL rookie record for most consecutive games with a 50-plus yard reception. The receptions came against the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, Green Bay Packers, and New England Patriots.[14] During Week 10 of the regular season, Givens was suspended along with fellow rookie Janoris Jenkins for reportedly violating teams rules.[15] Both players were sidelined and the specifics about their suspensions were never revealed. In Week 12 against the Arizona Cardinals, Givens logged his first 100-plus yard receiving game of his career.

Givens ended his rookie campaign with 42 catches for 698 yards and 3 touchdowns, leading all Rams receivers in receiving yards.

2013 seasonEdit

Despite high expectations heading into the 2013 season, inconsistency at quarterback and poor play by Givens himself resulted in him having a down season. He finished the year with 34 receptions for 569 yards and no touchdowns.

Baltimore RavensEdit

2015 seasonEdit

On October 3, 2015, Givens was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a 2017 seventh round draft pick.[16] In a Week 10 game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, Givens caught a 14-yard touchdown pass for his only score of the season, finishing the game with four catches and 37 receiving yards, but the Ravens lost the game 22–20. Givens would finish the season with 20 receptions for 353 yards and was cut by Baltimore during the offseason.

Philadelphia EaglesEdit

Givens signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on March 16, 2016.[17] Before the start of the 2016 season, he was released by the team on August 28.[18]

Career statisticsEdit

Year Team GP GS Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2012 STL 15 12 42 698 16.6 65 3 3 12 4.0 14 0 0 0
2013 STL 16 13 34 569 16.7 47 0 3 8 2.7 16 0 1 1
2014 STL 14 0 11 159 14.5 47 1 1 4 4.0 4 0 0 0
2015 STL/BAL 15 6 20 353 17.7 48 1 4 18 4.5 24 1 0 0
Total 60 31 107 1,779 16.6 65 5 11 42 3.8 24 0 1 1

Memphis ExpressEdit

In 2018, Givens signed with the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football for the 2019 season.[19] He did not make the final roster.[20]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Rivals.com". sports.yahoo.com.
  2. ^ "Texas High School Football News, Scores, Rankings: Dallas Morning News". SportsDayHS.
  3. ^ Bob Sutton (October 7, 2011). "Catching on: Wake Forest receiver Givens gives foes fits". The Times-News (Burlington, NC). Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Dan Collins (October 4, 2011). "Givens Back in Good Graces". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  5. ^ Dan Collins (September 18, 2009). "Givens is giving Deacons offense: Slotback has recovered from serious injuries to his knees in high school". Winston-Salem Journal. Archived from the original on January 26, 2013. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "Givens on Biletnikoff Watch List: Wake receiver considered among best in nation". Wake Forest University. July 21, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  7. ^ "Givens Earns ACC Player of the Week Honor: Wide receiver named POTW for the second consecutive week". Wake Forest University. October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  8. ^ "Wake's Chris Givens Earns ACC Honors". WFMY News. October 10, 2011. Archived from the original on November 17, 2011. Retrieved October 17, 2011.
  9. ^ "Chris Givens". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  10. ^ "NCAA Division I-A Player Receiving Statistics - 2011 (Receiving Yards Leaders - All Players)". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 23, 2011.
  11. ^ "Chris Givens Stats".
  12. ^ "NFL Combine Tracker - Chris Givens". NFL.com. NFL.com. Retrieved December 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "- NFL Team Contracts - Rotoworld.com". www.rotoworld.com.
  14. ^ "Chris Givens". ESPN.com.
  15. ^ "Rams scratch Jenkins, Givens for rules violation".
  16. ^ Patra, Kevin (October 3, 2015). "Ravens trade for Rams wide receiver Chris Givens". NFL.com. Retrieved October 3, 2015.
  17. ^ "Chris Givens Added To Eagles WR Corps".
  18. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (August 28, 2016). "Eagles release Rueben Randle, Chris Givens". NFL.com. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  19. ^ Benjamin, Cody. "What is AAF football? Teams, coaches, notable players, schedule for new Alliance of American Football league". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
  20. ^ Munz, Jason (January 30, 2019). "AAF: The Memphis Express set their initial 52-man roster. Who made the cut?". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved February 6, 2019.

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