MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints runs in a touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 18, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
In 2005, the Saints signed a former Mid American Conference wide receiver who was not selected in the NFL Draft. Cut by Cleveland during training camp, Lance Moore eventually became a key cog in the Saints offensive machine. Last weekend, the Saints signed undrafted receiver Chris Givens out of Miami of Ohio, another MAC school. Can he replicate Moore's success? Find out after the jump!
Givens was a starter during parts of four seasons during his career as a RedHawk. The teams leading receiver as a sophomore in 2008, he broke his arm in an early season game the next year and received a medical redshirt. As a fifth year senior in 2011, he caught 60 passes for 695 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Givens was mainly a possession receiver at Miami, doing most of his work on crossing or out routes. His 40 time of 4.63 is not going to blow anyone away, but his tape showed a decent instinct for getting downfield after the catch. But will that translate against NFL defenses?
It seems as though Givens' odds of making the roster may be steep given the logjam at receiver. Adrian Arrington has more experience, Joe Morgan can return kicks and the team has a fourth round pick invested in Nick Toon. It would surprise me if he had the same impact that his fellow MAC alumni has made in Black and Gold.