Givens was released by the Eagles on Sunday, Rand Getlin of NFL.com reports. Givens struggled to make much of an impact with the Eagles' wide receiving core during the preseason, catching just one pass for 19 yards. He'll head to the open free agent market and could see some interest from a wide receiver needy team.The 26-year-old is coming off a 2015 campaign split between the Rams and Ravens, where he combined to record 20 receptions for 353 yards and one touchdown over 15 games.
Givens caught one pass for 19 yards in Saturday's preseason win over the Colts. CSN Philly suggests that Givens' "downfield speed (is) enticing to (the) Eagles coaching staff," but with just one preseason catch to his credit, time is short for Givens (who compiled a 20/353/1 stat line in 15 games for Baltimore and St. Louis last season) to make a run at a key role in the Philadelphia offense.
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.
The Eagles have signed Givens to a one-year contract, NJ.com reports. 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.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||22.41|
|3||09/24||New York Giants||13||21.29|
|4||10/01||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||20.75|
|8||10/29||San Francisco 49ers||27||24.25|
|14||12/10||@Los Angeles Rams||32||25.25|
|15||12/17||@New York Giants||13||21.29|
|3 Year Avg||25||10||171||1||6||17.10||23|