Tavon Austin Jared Cook Stedman Bailey Zac Stacy even Benny Cunningham ... during an offseason that saw the Rams add one skill position player after another the name of holdover Chris Givens was barely mentioned in discussions about the offense.
After all he had led the Rams in receiving yards last season (698) a total that ranked fourth in the NFL among rookie wide receivers.

But over the first 2½ weeks of training camp no Rams receiver has been more consistent than Givens. As for Thursday night in Cleveland well Bernie Kosar must have had his head turned away every time the ball was thrown Givens’ way.

“He’s clearly picked up where he left off last year” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Obviously he showed the other night (in Cleveland) that he can get down the field and make the big play.”

Nothing that Givens did at FirstEnergy Stadium would qualify as “horrible” — Kosar’s description of the Rams’ receivers corps during the Browns’ telecast of the preseason opener for both teams. In just 11 plays Givens was targeted three times by quarterback Sam Bradford and he had three catches for 82 yards and a touchdown.

In that brief snapshot Givens displayed what he hopes to be throughout the 2013 season: namely an all-around receiver who can strike from short medium and long distance.

First came the “intermediate” a 20-yard catch on a crisply run sideline route on third and 7. Two series later Givens got behind Browns defensive back Trevin Wade for a 59-yard gain on a deep post pattern even though Wade was giving plenty of cushion.