Looking at the team's current group of wide receivers, it was clear the Eagles needed to address the position this offseason. On Wednesday, they made their first move in that area, agreeing to terms with veteran Chris Givens on a one-year contract.
Entering his fifth NFL season, the 6-0, 203-pound Givens began his career in 2012 when he was drafted in the fourth round by the Rams out of Wake Forest. Most recently, the wideout spent time in Baltimore after a trade this past October sent him from St. Louis to the Ravens.
Over the span of the last four seasons, Givens accumulated 1,779 receiving yards on 107 receptions. His best season came during his rookie year when he led the Rams in receiving yards (698) and yards per catch (16.6). That year, Givens also posted a career-high 42 receptions, three touchdowns and set an NFL rookie record by turning in catches of 50 yards or more in five consecutive games.
Some of his production that season can be credited to the chemistry he built with the team's starting quarterback, Sam Bradford, whom he will reunite with in Philadelphia. This addition gives Bradford another target in the passing game that he is already familiar and comfortable with, which in turn should strengthen that area of the game.
Currently, the Eagles' core receivers are Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Josh Huff. Matthews and Huff each have two years of experience under their belts, while Agholor has only one. The 26-year-old Givens will add a veteran presence to this very young position group.
The wide receiver also brings special teams value to the Eagles, who have excelled in that area of the game under coordinator Dave Fipp. Throughout his time in St. Louis, Givens registered 28 kickoff returns for 640 yards and was the Rams' top returner, with a 23.4 yards per return average, in 2012.
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