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It looks like I was wrong about Chris Givens when I labeled him as "just a burner."
His 11 receptions against the 49ers in week 13 were more than twice as many as he has had in any other game in this, his rookie season.
But it is not only the number of receptions, it is the kinds of routes they were and what he did after the catch.
Until this game, Givens was used mainly as a field-stretcher, someone the Rams would bring in to try and get behind the defense so they could take a shot down the field.
In their second go-around against the 49ers, the Rams used him as they would have used Danny Amendola had he been healthy. Givens more than held his own in that role.
During the Rams' third possession of the game, Givens caught a pass then turned and lowered his shoulder into the defensive back and fought for extra yards. I think my mouth literally fell open. I didn't think this kid had that kind of play in him. I'm ecstatic to see that he does.
Add to that play the ball on the hard slant route that Bradford fired as hard as he could to Givens' back shoulder, and all of a sudden I'm thinking this guy might be a legitimate top-tier receiver.
Let's just hope he can keep up the impressive performances.