Chris Givens likes the way Sam Bradford throws the deep ball

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Sam Bradford hasn’t exactly been known for airing it out in his career.

But when free agent wide receiver Chris Givens was looking for a new team this offseason, he signed with Philadelphia because he’s convinced Bradford is capable of it.

“His strengths match my strengths: he can get the ball downfield and I can get downfield,” Givens said, via Tim McManus of PhillyMag.com.

Givens did have his best season as a rookie, alongside Bradford in St. Louis. He hasn’t matched his rookie numbers since then, and Bradford hasn’t exactly established himself as having a cannon, as his 7.0 yards per attempt last year were a career high, and he has a pedestrian 6.5-yard career average.

Givens also said his plateauing had something to do with the guys who replaced Bradford after injuries, which puts the Rams problems into context.

“It was definitely frustrating but at the same time, I accept full responsibility for not working the way I should have in the offseason and being the receiver I was capable of [being],” Givens said. “I just got a little complacent and a little comfortable knowing that I had Sam and things like that, and once things went south a little bit and I really didn’t have a quarterback to play to my strengths, I couldn’t really do the things I needed to do to get open.

“So I just looked at that as an opportunity for me to look in the mirror and fine-tune the things in my game that it will take for me to take my game to the next level.”

The Eagles could clearly use someone with Givens’ kind of speed to stretch the field, but it remains to be seen if Bradford is the kind of guy who can take advantage of it.

9 responses to “Chris Givens likes the way Sam Bradford throws the deep ball

  1. Misconception here, Bradford does have a strong arm but he’s super gun shy about bombing it deep. I’m sure his knee injuries have affected how he drives the ball but the arm strength is there.

  2. As a Bradford fan from his St Louis days, I’d say his arm strength on deep throws is great. It looked good even after the knee. The issue on deep throws always seemed to be timing and accuracy under pressure. Givens was the one guy who he seemed to really be able to hit deep. They had a long string where they were hitting a 50 yard pass every week.

  3. “But when free agent wide receiver Chris Givens was looking for a new team this offseason, he signed with Philadelphia because he’s convinced Bradford is capable of it.”

    Not true – the Eagles are the only team interested in him – they gave him a a one-year, $840,000 contract.

  4. as a sooner fan I know he has all the arm strength needed to get it downfield…he just rarely throws it or have time to throw it

  5. Givens couldnt make an impact on a receiving corp lead by the acclaimed, Kamar Aiken.

    But I’m sure it was just because he didnt have Bradford throwing it to him.

    LOL

  6. A lot of QB’s are capable of throwing a decent deep ball, that is until they face a full speed NFL defense in a game situation and everything goes to heck.

  7. Bradford has a cannon. But he checks down alot. And Doug Pederson’s QB last few years in KC also checked down alot… so it’ll be interesting to see if they do go deep more this year in Philly, ie if it was Alex Smith only or if checkdowns are preached by Pederson.

    McNabb went deep plenty in this type of offense. No matter the receivers. Just for frame of reference…

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