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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.

News you need to know

General News (Thu Nov 27): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 26): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 13: at Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Philip Rivers is playing through a assortment of nicks and dings (listed as chest and rib injuries on the official injury report), which may be limiting his ability to throw downfield - he attempted just one pass over 20 yards vs. the Rams last Sunday. Nevertheless, Rivers piled up 29/35 for 291 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown against the Rams, while taking three sacks for -9 yards. Keenan Allen (nine targets for 6/104/1) was his main man last week, while Eddie Royal (six for 6/50/0) and Ladarius Green (three for 2/34/0) helped keep the chains moving - all told, nine different receivers caught at least one ball from Rivers last weekend. The Ravens' pass D did just enough to hold off Drew Brees and the Saints Monday night, but they still coughed up almost 400 net yards passing (35/45 for 399 net yards, three TDs and one interception thrown by Brees, with four sacks taken for -21 yards). Two games ago Zach Mettenberger was limited to 16/27 for 143 net yards, one TD and one interception, with five sacks taken for -36 yards - but nobody would mistake the rookie Mettenberger for Brees. To date, the Ravens are ranked 29th in the NFL averaging 264.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given out vs. seven interceptions and 29 sacks generated (23rd- and eighth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Rivers made it work against the Rams, and he has a largely inexperienced and overwhelmed secondary to pick on this week - advantage, San Diego. Also, the passing matchup is tough for Ryan Mathews and company, so Rivers will likely need to throw the ball a good bit in this contest.

Recent Stats and Projections

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9 at MIA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
11 vs OAK 1 15 0 3 2 27 0 0
12 vs STL 0 0 0 6 6 50 0 0
13 at BAL PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 3 * * *
13 at BAL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
13 at BAL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 11 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 15 / 0 rush)

The Chargers made sure to get Royal invovled early on when they were having some trouble running the football. He took an end-around up the right side for 16 yards. Soon after that he got wide open over the middle to bail out QB Philip Rivers to convert for another first down. His last key play of the game was a third down conversion on 3rd and 6 to keep a drive alive later in the first half, but his involvement was minimal after halftime.

2014 Week 12 vs STL (6 / 6 / 50 / 0 rec)

As per usual, Royal did most of his damage early on and mostly on short crossing routes that he turned into first downs. He rarely averages big yardage, but he does precisely what the Chargers ask him to do, which is to get open on third downs, find soft spots in the defensive zone, and move the chains. His key reception late in the first half helped set up the Nick Novak field goal, which ended up being the difference in the game.

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Latest News

Chargers | Full practice for Eddie Royal (Thu Nov 27, 05:21 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 27.

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Chargers | Eddie Royal Fully practices (Wed Nov 26, 04:55 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Eddie Royal (toe) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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Schedule

13@ Baltimore Ravens
14vs New England Patriots
15vs Denver Broncos
16@ San Francisco 49ers
17@ Kansas City Chiefs