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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 9: at Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Though Philip Rivers has slung 47/72 for 457 yards, five TDs and three interceptions over the past two games, the Chargers have dropped two straight. He's relied on Antonio Gates the most in scoring situations of late (with 13 targets for 8/115/3 receiving), while throwing double-digit targets to three other players over that two game span: Keenan Allen (23 for 15/131/1); Branden Oliver (10 for 9/38/0 receiving); and Malcom Floyd (14 for 7/108/0). The Chargers' pass offense is productive of late despite the slide in the W-L column. The Dolphins' pass D is ranked third in the NFL averaging just 211.6 net yards allowed per game, with 12 pass TDs given up, vs. six interceptions generated, and 21 sacks thrown down (tied for 17th- and ninth-ranked, respectively). Blake Bortles was sacked four times for -20 yards last week (18/34 for 201 net passing yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown). Jay Cutler was dumped three times for -18 yards two weeks ago (21/34 for 172 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown). This is one of the best pass defenses in the NFL folks, and they have the home crowd behind them this weekend. Advantage, Miami.

Recent Stats and Projections

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 0 0 0 3 3 29 0 0
9 at MIA PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
9 at MIA PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 3 * * *
9 at MIA PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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).

2014 Week 8 vs DEN (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)

Royal caught the only three passes that headed in his direction, none of which went for very long yardage. He brought in a quick out on the first play of the game, bouncing off a couple of tacklers in the process. Then Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, and Branden Oliver took over the passing game for most of the night. However, Royal did have a big catch with San Diego trailing 28-7. Facing a third down and the likely loss of any momentum at all, Royal went up high for a leaping catch and hauled in a tough grab despite taking a big hit from the defender. It gave the Chargers a little bit of breathing room and a little bit of life at a time they really needed it.


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9@ Miami Dolphins
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