Don’t be surprised to see wide receiver Chris Givens get more playing time Week 8 against the Chargers.
Givens had just one catch Monday night against the Cardinals, but it went for 31 yards, the kind of big play the Ravens’ offense desperately needs. And Givens only played 10 snaps, just 16 percent of the offensive snaps the Ravens had.
Meanwhile, other wide receivers who got far more action continued to be less productive. Kamar Aiken played 52 snaps and had just one catch for six yards. Marlon Brown played 38 snaps and had three catches for 22 yards. Jeremy Ross played 17 snaps and had just one catch for nine yards. Steve Smith was once again the Ravens’ go-to wide receiver, with five catches for 78 yards, playing just 48 snaps.
Givens’ speed poses the kind of threat that can help the Ravens’ downfield passing attack, creating opportunities not only for Givens, but for teammates working underneath routes. It has been almost a month since Givens was acquired in an Oct. 3 trade with the Rams. He should be feeling more comfortable in the offense, and he had two catches against the 49ers in Week 6.
Breshad Perriman was supposed to be the Ravens’ primary deep threat this season, but has yet to play a snap his rookie season due a knee injury. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco lamented the team’s inability to strike quickly following Monday’s loss to the Cardinals. Perhaps Givens can provide some of those plays Flacco is looking for. But to do that, Givens will need more playing time.