Givens is on the roster bubble, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
With the Eagles holding an open competition behind Jordan Matthews at wideout, Givens received quite a few first-team snaps throughout the offseason and training camp. Regardless, he now seems to be fighting for one of the final roster spots, as Philadelphia's trade for Dorial Green-Beckham added some depth to the position. Even if the Eagles were to keep six wideouts, Givens might miss out on the final roster.
Givens failed to haul in his only target in Thursday's preseason opener against Tampa Bay.
With Jordan Matthews (knee) unavailable, Josh Huff got the starting nod over Givens and Rueben Randle. The three wideouts are competing for slotting behind Matthews and Nelson Agholor, but they combined to catch just three passes for 11 yards in an ugly performance for the Philadelphia passing game. The second and third preseason games should provide a better chance for one or two of the bunch to gain some separation.
Givens adds depth to an Eagles wideout corps that also includes Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and and Josh Huff. Though Givens -- who can also contribute as a kick returner -- recorded a modest total of 20 catches for 353 yards and a TD over 15 games for the Rams and Ravens last season, it's worth noting that the 26-year-old pass catcher enjoyed his most productive NFL season as a rookie in 2012, while working with former St.Louis and current Philadelphia starting QB Sam Bradford.
Chris Givens caught 19 passes for 346 yards and a touchdown on 53 targets in 12 games with the Baltimore Ravens in 2015.
Traded from the Rams to the Ravens for a conditional draft pick in early October, Givens did nothing to suggest that he's a part of the team's future, whereas Kamar Aiken and Jeremy Butler both impressed late in the season. Even if he returns in 2016, Givens will face an uphill battle to earn a roster spot.
Chris Givens was targeted five times, but managed just a 17- yard catch in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
With a career yards-per-catch average of over 16.5, Givens' value is based solely around his ability to get deep. From Weeks 7 through 13, Givens wasn't catching many passes, but was gaining chunks of yardage when he did, recording a reception of 20 or more yards in five of six games. With Jimmy Clausen under center, Givens has caught just one pass over the past two weeks. Should the Baltimore Ravens switch over to the cannon-armed Ryan Mallett to close the season, Givens speed may be put to better use.
|P3||8/27/16||@ IND||7:00 pm|
|2||9/19/16||@ CHI||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 4|
|5||10/9/16||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ DAL||8:30 pm|
|9||11/6/16||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|11||11/20/16||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
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