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WR Eddie Royal - Chicago Bears

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

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Dec 2): did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Dec 1): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 30): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 13: vs San Francisco 49ers

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Chicago was not shy about having Matt Barkley throw the football last week - he tossed it 54 times en route to 28/54 for 316 yards passing, three TDs and two interceptions vs. Tennessee (zero sacks taken). Though Barkley tried to involve Cameron Meredith (nine targets for 2/19/0 receiving), he ended up relying on Marquess Wilson (11 targets for 8/125/1 receiving) and Deonte Thompson (nine for 5/44/1) the most, while also throwing Joshua Bellamy the ball nine times for 4/41/0. The Bears' passing attack may be better off than we thought, friends. We'll see if Barkley can keep up the frenetic pace here in Week 13. The 49ers' pass defense allowed 20/30 for 263 net passing yards, three TDs and zero interceptions (with two sacks generated for -22 yards) to Ryan Tannehill and company last weekend, continuing to be a pushover in this phase of the game. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), San Francisco has averaged 27.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (most in the NFL); and 32.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (third-most in the league); with 6.5 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-most). Barkley comes into this game in better shape than expected, while the 49ers are their usual inept selves on defense - advantage, Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
10 at TB 41 0 0 0 2 1 24 0 0 2.4
11 at NYG 25 0 0 0 3 2 13 0 0 0.3
12 vs TEN 12 0 0 0 1 1 -6 0 0 -0.6
13 vs SF PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
13 vs SF PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
13 vs SF PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 6 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)

Eddie Royal has been a pleasant surprise this season for the Bears. After not practicing once leading up to Sunday's 17-16 loss to the Jaguars, Royal caught four passes on six targets for 54 yards before leaving the game due to injury in the second half. Royal has done a fantastic job of spacing the middle of the field. He routinely finds cracks in the defense that allows him to catch and run upfield. The only thing that will impact Royal's production in the coming weeks is his ability to stay on the field. Already not practicing, it will be interesting to see how the Bears treat his injury leading up to the Thursday Night Football matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

2016 Week 5 vs IND (9 / 7 / 43 / 0 rec)

Eddie Royal hardly looked like a guy who missed practice all week leading up to Sunday's game against the Colts. Playing with an injured calf muscle, Royal caught seven passes on nine targets for 43 yards. Brian Hoyer and Eddie Royal have foraged a nice relationship in the past three weeks since Jay Cutler was lost to an injury. Royal has 17 catches in the past three weeks and looks to be an ever-important cog in Dowell Loggains' offense. With Kevin White likely out for the season, there's even more reason to believe Royal will continue to pile up targets for the foreseeable future.

2016 Week 4 vs DET (7 / 7 / 111 / 1 rec)

Eddie Royal has been the saving grace of the Chicago Bears' offense. Royal was the Bears' best receiver in Sunday's 17-14 win over the Detroit Lions. Royal caught seven of seven targets for 111 yards and one touchdown. Royal once again looks to be one of the best slot receivers in football, returning to a form many of us forgot about after his two years in Chicago of being on and off the field. Chicago's offense, with Brian Hoyer under center, is set up perfectly for a receiver like Royal. Hoyer attempted 36 passes on Sunday, 33 of which came within 20 yards of the line of scrimmage. Unless the game plan changes in the coming weeks, there's no reason to think Royal can't be a five-to-seven reception guy on a weekly basis.

2016 Week 1 vs HOU (6 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)

The Eddie Royal experience was quite enjoyable despite Sunday's game finishing in a loss for the Chicago Bears. Royal only played in nine games last season due to a rash of injuries that also kept him off the field for most of training camp and the preseason. So, there wasn't much expectation for Royal, a longtime mate of Jay Cutler's. Royal looked smooth as silk on his way to catching four of six targets for 57 yards and a touchdown. Chicago desperately needed a slot receiver before it signed Royal. Now, over one year later, Chicago might actually have found the slot receiver it long desired. There are few things in life for which we know to be certain. But one of those things involves Cutler and his tendencies to lock onto a receiver he loves. Royal can be that receiver, given he stays healthy.

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Latest News

Bears | Week 13 inactives for Bears (Sun Dec 4, 11:54 AM) - The Chicago Bears have declared S Adrian Amos, C Cornelius Edison, DB De'Vante Bausby, CB Deiondre' Hall, WR Eddie Royal, QB Jay Cutler, DL Jonathan Bullard inactive for Week 13.

Bears | Eddie Royal won't play in Week 13 (Sun Dec 4, 11:39 AM) - Contrary to a previous report, Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) will not play in Week 13's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Bears | Eddie Royal likely to play (Sun Dec 4, 09:14 AM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) is expected to play in Week 13's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Bears | Eddie Royal misses practice (Fri Dec 2, 08:36 PM) - Updating a previous report, Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 2, and is listed as questionable for Week 13.

Bears | Eddie Royal questionable for Week 13 (Fri Dec 2, 02:36 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) has been listed as questionable for Week 13 against the San Francisco 49ers.

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Schedule

13vs San Francisco 49ers
14@ Detroit Lions
15vs Green Bay Packers
16vs Washington Redskins
17@ Minnesota Vikings