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2015 Rams Roster Preview: Is Year Four The End Of The Line For WR Chris Givens?

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Next up in the roster preview series is WR Chris Givens

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During the 2015 offseason, the St. Louis Rams stayed put at the wide receiver position opting not to use a single draft selection in the 2015 NFL Draft on a wideout. This signifies the Rams are looking for one of the current receivers to break out.

After a promising rookie campaign, nobody needs a breakout season more than fourth-year receiver Chris Givens.

Roster Battle

Big things were expected from Chris Givens after his rookie season. Back in 2012, Givens flashed big potential. He posted up 42 receptions, 698 yards, and three touchdowns. In the two years combined since his first year, Givens has only caught 45 passes for 728 yards, and a lone touchdown reception.

Givens has fallen out of favor with St. Louis Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher in recent years. He was – at best – the fifth receiver last season, behind Brian Quick, Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.

With no real competition, Givens is not in much of a roster battle. Moreso, Chris is looking to find his niche in the offense.

Expectations

We have expected great –well, maybe not great, but good – things from Chis before, but he has not delivered. Optimism says CG13 wakes up and reemerges as the deep threat receiver we saw back in 2012. Realism suggests we see Chris for what he really is – lost. At the very least, however, you can expect Givens to figure out his role in the new St. Louis Rams Offensive Coordinator Frank Cignetti's offense.

Chances of Making Final Roster (5/10)

It is really a toss up for Chris.

He can come out guns-a-blazin' in training camp and stun everybody, or he can continue his downward spiral with the team and possibly find himself looking for employment elsewhere.