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WR Eddie Royal - Chicago Bears

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

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Eddie Royal has been ruled out for Week 7 with a toe injury.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 17): Royal (toe) left the game Sunday, October 16, against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a toe injury - he'll be evaluated further on Monday to determine the exact nature and severity of the injury. Royal has been battling a calf injury, as well.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Royal left with a toe injury, adding to his injury report listing. He might be ready to play against the Packers this week, but his in-game injury risk and mounting list of ailments makes it hard to want to roster or start him right now.

General News (Wed Oct 19): is out for this week's game.

General News (Tue Oct 18): did not practice on Tuesday.

Week 7: at Green Bay Packers

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This is one of the storied rivalries of the NFC, so look for a spirited battle between these NFC North teams on Thursday. Brian Hoyer is the first Chicago quarterback to string together four 300+ yards-passing games in living memory - he'll be under center for this showdown in Lambeau Field. During that four-game run, Alshon Jeffery has seen 30 targets for 20/286/0 receiving; Cameron Meredith has enjoyed 33 for 26/295/1; Zach Miller has handled 29for 24/218/3; and Eddie Royal has been peppered with 25 for 21/229/1. The Bears' passing attack is faring better than the Packers' coming into Week Seven, folks. Speaking of Green Bay, they are currently 21st in the NFL averaging 266.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores given out vs. three interceptions and 16 sacks generated (tied for 22nd- and sixth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). Last week, rookie Dak Prescott threw 18/27 for 233 net passing yards, three TDs and one interception at Lambeau Field, taking two sacks for -14 yards. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), Green Bay has averaged 19 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-least in the NFL); and 26.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (10th-most); with 5.3 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (seventh-least). This looks like a good matchup for Hoyer and company. Also, the rushing matchup is challenging this week so the Bears will likely need to throw to keep up with the Packers.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at DAL 51 0 0 0 3 3 21 0 0 2.1
4 vs DET 36 0 0 0 7 7 111 1 0 17.1
5 at IND 37 0 0 0 9 7 43 0 0 3.3
6 vs JAX 35 0 0 0 6 4 54 0 0 5.4
7 at GB PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 0 * * * *
7 at GB PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
7 at GB 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.


Latest News

Bears | Bears inactives for Week 7 (Thu Oct 20, 07:06 PM) - The Chicago Bears have declared FS DeAndre Houston-Carson, CB Deiondre' Hall, DL Eddie Goldman, WR Eddie Royal, QB Jay Cutler, RB Jeremy Langford, OG Josh Sitton inactive for Week 7.

Bears | Eddie Royal won't play (Wed Oct 19, 04:14 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) has officially been ruled out for Week 7 against the Green Bay Packers.

Our View: It just means more targets for Cameron Meredith and Alshon Jeffery. We should see a bump for TE Zach Miller too.
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Bears | Eddie Royal still absent (Tue Oct 18, 03:36 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not practice Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Our View: Royal needs to practice on Wednesday (even if he's limited) if he wants to play against the Packers on Thursday night.
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Bears | Eddie Royal not at practice (Mon Oct 17, 06:26 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) did not practice Monday, Oct. 17. The Bears did not practice; Royal's status is an estimation.

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Bears | Eddie Royal leaves game (Sun Oct 16, 03:51 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (toe) left the game Sunday, Oct. 16, against the Jacksonville Jaguars with a toe injury. He is questionable to return.

Our View: Cameron Meredith has been a target hog with Royal out and he could retain value if Royal has trouble getting healthy.
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