With the opening of organized team activities underway, the Rams’ coaching staff has gotten an early look at competition among a position that team personnel has displayed a significant amount of confidence in throughout the offseason.
Aside from the free agent acquisition of
“We’ve got some guys that are in their third year in the system, and you’ve got some other young guys with some great talent,” Givens said. “You put that together, we have a great nucleus here, and I’m just doing my best to lead these guys.”
While Givens looks to take on an enhanced role within the Rams’ offensive scheme in 2014, the position’s collective youth and inexperience allows for opportunity for those who may currently find themselves a few notches below on the depth chart.
With Bailey unavailable for the season’s first four games, an opportunity exists for Britt, as well as veteran
The Rams’ receiver group was undoubtedly affected by the loss of Bradford, who after an offseason of rehab and two days of participation in OTAs, appears all but certain to be available for the season opener against Minnesota. In Bradford’s seven starts in 2013, Rams receivers averaged 23 receptions for 244 yards per game. In nine starts by then-backup Kellen Clemens, those figures dropped to 16 and 184, respectively.
No receiver may figure to benefit from Bradford’s return more than Givens, who blossomed as a rookie with Bradford in 2012, finishing with 698 yards on 42 receptions while becoming Bradford’s favorite deep threat. His production dropped precipitously during the second half of last year, collecting just eight receptions over the Rams’ final eight games. Reunited with his quarterback for 2014, Givens is eager to prove 2013 was merely an outlier, as part of a receiving corps that seeks to become a known quantity.
“To be back around the guys and get some competing in, I’m just excited about what we’ll accomplish,” Givens said following Day 1 of OTAs. “We have a lot of talent here.”