The St. Louis Rams looks like it will be a lot more explosive this season. They added free agent tight end Jared Cook and traded up in the draft to acquire West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin.
One overlooked weapon is last season’s leading receiver Chris Givens. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says “no Rams receiver has been more consistent than Givens.”
“He’s clearly picked up where he left off last year,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Obviously, he showed the other night (in Cleveland) that he can get down the field and make the big play.”
Last season Givens had 698 yards receiving, that led the Rams and was 4th best amongst rookie wide receivers. In the first preseason game he caught all three passes that came his way for 82 yards and a touchdown.
“We know he can go deep, but what we needed to work on is the intermediate stuff,” wide receivers coach Ray Sherman said. “Because people already know that he can run, but now we also want to be able to use his speed in those intermediate routes.”
Givens says that Cook and Austin will only help him succeed and that defenses will have to pick their poison.
“That’s exactly why we brought those guys in,” Givens said. “We’re all weapons, and we’re all good at what we do. So the better they play, the better I’m gonna play and vice versa. We’re out here to push each other and to work towards our common goal — and that’s to win.”
“I have big plans for this year and my career in the NFL,” Givens said. “So this year’s really a year for me to kind of make a mission statement for me.”