"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)."
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."
"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.
|2012||St. Louis Rams||15||12||42||698||16.6||65||3||10||5||25|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||13||34||569||16.7||47||0||13||1||27|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||15||12||3||12||4.0||14||0||0||1|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||13||3||8||2.7||16||0||0||1|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||15||23||539||23.4||48||0||1|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||15||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2012||St. Louis Rams||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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