Givens catches eye of NFL analysts

Kevin Givens had an impressive game Monday night for the San Francisco 49ers and drew rave reviews from some analysts Tuesday on social media.

Givens, an undrafted free agent from Penn State and Altoona Area High School, started at defensive tackle and played 37 snaps in the 49ers’ 24-15 win over the Denver Broncos.

He was lauded for being a disruptive force throughout the game, using his great strength and foot speed to consistently win battles up front and get into the backfield.

“(The 49ers’) best defensive lineman last night is an undrafted free agent named Kevin Givens out of Penn State,” Brian Baldinger from the NFL Network said in a Twitter video about Givens.

“He just kept showing up. When Emmanuel Sanders took this reverse last night, there was Kevin Givens running him all the way down the field. Now you just don’t see that very often. But he has got a penetrating style that is just disruptive. They’ve been looking for that forever.”

Baldinger broke down several plays highlighting Givens, as did Scott Geelan from NinersNation. Of one play, Geelan wrote:

“Givens’ explosiveness is the perfect trait for the 49ers’ wide 9 scheme & its demands along the DL. Starting against Denver, Givens showed his quality. Playing at LDT, here on third & 8 it’s Givens who blows past the LG with a club-arm over to flush Flacco, forcing the throw away.”

Givens is battling for a spot on the 49ers’ 53-man roster. If he doesn’t make the team, it would seem that he’s in great position to at least make the practice squad. Last year in the NFL, a player who spent the entire season on the practice squad made a minimum of $129,200.

Geelan summarized Givens’ game Monday night and his chances of sticking with the 49ers.

“Clearly, the coaches like Givens enough to give him the starting nod. It’s not hard to see why if he’s doing this in practice. Some performance. Given the competition though, he’ll have one hell of a fight to make the 53. Efforts like this give him a shot.”


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