OWINGS MILLS – Chris Givens hopes his speed, plus Joe Flacco’s arm, creates some big plays for the Ravens.
Acquiring Givens in a Saturday trade with the Rams gives the Ravens vertical speed at wide receiver they have lacked without rookie Breshad Perriman (knee injury), who has yet to play a snap. Givens hopes to add a spark starting Sunday against the Browns, with the Ravens injury-depleted at wide receiver. Steve Smith (back) is not expected to play, Perriman won’t play, and Michael Campanaro (back) is done for the season.
Givens hopes a new opportunity will lead to new success.
“I love Joe,” said Givens, speaking of the Ravens’ quarterback. “I’ve watched Joe for years, he has a strong arm, and I feel like our talents match up and we can complement each other pretty well.”
Here’s the concern with Givens. His best season came in 2012 as a rookie with the Rams, with 42 catches for 698 yards and three touchdowns. His production has tailed off since then, although the Rams had quarterback issues during Givens’ final two years in St. Louis.
“It was very frustrating,” Givens said. “I knew I was a guy that could complement the team and play well. I don’t know if it wasn’t the right fit or they liked other guys or whatever the case may be, because after the first year my opportunities just went down.”
Asked if he had a chip on his shoulder, Givens said, “Oh yeah, I’d call it a potato.”
The Ravens obviously saw potential in Givens, and they got inside information from Campanaro, who played with Givens at Wake Forest.
“He (Campanaro) hit me up and was (saying) the coaches asked about me, and I thought it was just talk,” Givens said. “But once things started getting weird around Rams Park, I knew something was up.”
With Givens, the Ravens hope their number of big plays are about to go up.