The Chargers want to add depth at receiver after losing Keenan Allen last week for the season due to an ACL injury to his right knee. The Chargers have only four healthy receivers on the active roster.
A fourth-round selection by the Los Angeles Rams in 2012 out of Wake Forest, the 6-foot, 200-pound Givens finished with 88 receptions for 1,433 yards and four touchdowns in four seasons with that team.
Midway through last season Givens was traded to the Baltimore Ravens for a seventh-round pick. With Baltimore, he finished with 19 receptions for 346 yards and a touchdown.
Givens went to training camp with the Philadelphia Eagles this year but was released during final roster cuts.
Whalen signed as an undrafted rookie with the Indianapolis Colts out of Stanford in 2012. At 5-11 and 190 pounds, Whalen totaled 45 receptions for 487 yards and three touchdowns in four seasons with the Colts.
Whalen went to training camp with the Miami Dolphins this season but was released during final roster cuts.
My take: Both players would be depth signings and have different skill sets than Allen. Givens is a speed receiver, while Whalen is more of a possession receiver. The Chargers might be better served bringing up Dom Williams from the practice squad. He has been with the team during offseason work and already knows the offense.
ESPN NFL Analyst Herm Edwards discusses San Diego’s loss in this interview with Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090. Edwards said that he thought the Chargers looked gassed in the final minutes.
My take: That’s not surprising, considering it was the first game of the year. San Diego’s defense was on the field a lot in the second half because the offense couldn't keep the chains moving. San Diego also had depth issues up front defensively heading into last week’s contest because of the unavailability of Joey Bosa.
My take: The Chargers were much better against the run, holding the Chiefs to just 83 rushing yards last week. And Slauson helped solidify things up front on offense for the Chargers. However, the Chargers struggled on both sides of the ball up front in the final quarter.
Tom Krasovic of The San Diego Union-Tribune calls the Jacksonville Jaguars the San Diego Padres of the NFL -- a team relying on a youth movement to eventually bear fruit that plays in a half-empty waterfront stadium.
My take: Not a bad comparison, although the Jaguars appear closer to making the playoffs than the Padres.