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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 16: at San Francisco 49ers

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Philip Rivers threw 24/41 for 232 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions vs. Denver last week - he did find Antonio Gates for a TD (seven targets for 6/54/1 receiving), but watched Keenan Allen get carted off the field with a broken collarbone (he's almost surely out for several weeks). Michael Floyd (seven for 3/34/0 last week) and Eddie Royal (four for 3/27/0) will have to pick up the slack for Allen over the final two weeks of the season. The Chargers' passing attack is suffering injury attrition (Rivers is battling a sore chest and ribs to stay in the games as well). San Francisco limited Seattle to 12/24 for 138 net yards passing, one TD and one interception last week, and sacked Russell Wilson five times for -30 yards. Two weeks ago, Derek Carr ambushed the 49ers in the Black Hole, throwing 22/28 for 245 net yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with one sack taken for -9 yards). Most weeks, teams have a harder time throwing the ball on San Francisco than Carr did - they average 206.0 net passing yards allowed per game (third in the NFL) with 23 passing scores given out vs. 17 interceptions (tied-fifth) and 32 sacks (tied-19th) generated to date. This is a tough matchup for the visiting Chargers.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
12 vs STL 0 0 0 6 6 50 0 0
13 at BAL 0 0 0 10 9 81 1 1
14 vs NE 0 0 0 5 2 30 0 0
15 vs DEN 0 0 0 4 3 27 0 0
16 at SF 0 0 0 12 10 94 1 0
16 at SF PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
16 at SF PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs BAL (10 / 9 / 81 / 1 rec)

Royal has a very specific niche role in this offense, which is that he is looked upon to convert short yardage pass plays (particularly on third down). In recent years, he has been a much better real-life player than fantasy player. He did his job about as well as possible in this one, and became one of four San Diego receivers to go over 80 receiving yards in the game (first time that's ever happened in franchise history). The fact that Royal was targeted ten times and hauled in nine receptions, yet he was STILL only fourth on the team in receiving yardage, goes to show how effective the passing game was in this one. Nearly all of his receptions came on quick screens and curls, and nowhere was that more evident than on the eventual game-winning touchdown. Royal was lined up outside and came in towards the line. With some excellent blocking up-front, he was able to catch the quick pass from Rivers and waltz into the end zone untouched. Lest we believe Royal played a perfect game, he DID lose a fumble in the first half. Amazingly enough, however, the fumble was actually caused by his own offensive lineman bumping into his hand.

2014 Week 14 vs NE (5 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)

Like most San Diego receivers, Royal was mostly quiet in the game. He caught just two passes, but one of them converted a critical 3rd and long pass play. He made a nice in and out move before out-running his defender up the field to pick up 22 yards and a first down. Aside from that, his biggest contribution was to help pick a defender who was trying to cover TE Ladarius Green on a crossing route early on. Royal does a lot of those little things that don't show up in the box score, so while he doesn't put up huge fantasy numbers he still finds himself a very valuable piece on an NFL roster.

2014 Week 15 vs DEN (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Royal had one nice gain over the middle when his defender was picked off of his route by another Denver defender. It was really the only time Royal was able to gain anything of significance, which goes to show just how tight the Denver coverage was. Royal also left the game late with an undisclosed injury, meaning the Chargers were not only overmatched with their starters but they were undermanned as well.

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Schedule

16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs