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WR Eddie Royal - San Diego Chargers

5-9, 184Born: 5-21-1986College: Virginia TechDrafted: Round 2

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A lack of quality output from the group of potential returners make the situation in San Diego one that could change at any time. Eddie Royal currently has the lead on the punt return duties.

Week 8: at Denver Broncos

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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4 vs JAX 0 0 0 7 5 105 2 0
5 vs NYJ 0 0 0 3 3 40 0 0
6 at OAK 0 0 0 2 2 49 1 0
7 vs KC 0 0 0 5 1 20 0 0
8 at DEN PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NYJ (3 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)

Coming off a huge game a week ago, Royal started off hot in this one as well. He showed nice hands grabbing a quick out route to convert a third down on the team's opening possession. He later sprinted down the seam to haul in a 32-yard floater over his shoulder. It was a perfectly-timed pass to beat the blitz, and Royal's sudden ability to go deep seemed to set him up for another big game. But the second half was all about Branden Oliver and the ground game, so Royal didn't contribute much else to the game.

2014 Week 6 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 49 / 1 rec)

Royal looked on his way to a huge game before he left with an injury early in the second half. He hauled in a long touchdown from Philip Rivers early on, hit perfectly in stride as he ran underneath the floater. Royal did a nice job of keeping his hands at his sides until just before the ball got there, not alerting the defender in the process that the ball was on its way. In the second half, Royal grabbed a 20-yard catch over the middle and took a huge hit from the defensive back. Royal was knocked to the ground on the play and somehow held on to pick up the first down, but soon after it was reported that he had left the game with a rib injury and was replaced by Seyi Ajirotutu.

2014 Week 7 vs KC (5 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

Royal caught just one pass, a wide open 20-yard grab in the middle of the zone. But he was very close to converting several passes that could have gone for long gains. With no defenders in sight, he dropped a third down and long pass that he had to jump high for. It wasn't a great throw, but it's a pass Royal normally brings in. Later in the first half, he beat his man deep down the left sideline for what could have been a score. But the ball floated a bit, allowing the defender to catch up to it and it bounced off his hands when he went up for it. Finally, on the team's last-gasp drive, Royal was the target of a deep ball down the right sideline that was knocked away incomplete (Royal may have even been playing defense on the pass to make sure it wasn't intercepted).

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Latest News

Chargers | Eddie Royal expected to play (Fri Oct 17, 04:06 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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Chargers | Eddie Royal a full participant (Thu Oct 16, 04:24 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow) participated fully in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: The king of hot and cold for the second season in a row, Royal is cold again and down to WR5 status. Keep him on the bench.
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Chargers | Eddie Royal fully participates (Wed Oct 15, 04:35 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (elbow) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.

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Chargers | Eddie Royal practicing (Wed Oct 15, 02:39 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (rib) is participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Our View: It looks like Royal will be good to go for Week 7. He's worth a 'what the heck' flex play against the Chiefs.
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Chargers | Eddie Royal clutch on third downs (Tue Oct 14, 01:01 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal is 11-for-11 on third-down targets for 170 yards this season with three touchdowns and seven first downs, and QB Philip Rivers has come to trust the veteran wide receiver in those situations.

Our View: Royal has been coming through for his team in a big way. His third-down catches, yardage and touchdown totals in a four-game span since the team lost Danny Woodhead (leg) are the most in the NFL.
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Schedule

8@ Denver Broncos
9@ Miami Dolphins
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Oakland Raiders
12vs St. Louis Rams
13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs