Givens remains behind Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Tavon Austin in the pecking order at wideout.
Givens went scoreless last season on 34 catches. Through two seasons he has three touchdowns and never more than 698 yards in a year.
"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."
|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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