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WR Eddie Royal - Chicago Bears

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

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Royal suffered a concussion in a training camp practice on August 1.


Eddie Royal has proven he can be an above-average slot receiver. What Royal has not been able to prove is an ability to stay on the field. Royal only appeared in nine games last season, coming off two seasons in which he only missed one game in total. Royal finds himself in a much different situation this offseason as he heads to training camp. He will be pushed by the arrival of rookie seventh-round draft pick Daniel Braverman, who excelled in his four years at Western Michigan. If Royal can pick up this season where he left off in San Diego, there's no reason to believe he can't be a consistent producer in this offense. Outside of Alshon Jeffery, there's no sure-thing on the depth chart, meaning Royal will be given every opportunity to earn a spot. (July 14)

Stats and Projections

2013 SD 15 3 21 0 67 47 631 8 1
2014 SD 16 3 14 0 91 62 778 7 1
2015 CHI 9 1 -1 0 50 37 238 1
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 2 * * 33 * * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 15 2 * * 34 * * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 13 * * *
2016 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 22 * * *

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Latest News

Bears | Eddie Royal cleared (Mon Aug 29, 06:40 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (concussion) participated in practice Monday, Aug. 29, after he passed all of his concussion tests. Head coach John Fox said he is not sure if Royal will play in the final preseason game.

Our View: We don't think Royal should play in that game. He's a seasoned pro who doesn't need preseason reps in the fourth contest. Royal should be the team's no.3 WR behind Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White. His fantasy value is limited by his role.
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Bears | Eddie Royal continues to improve (Sat Aug 20, 11:55 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (concussion) participated in individual drills Saturday, Aug. 20, for the first time since sustaining a concussion Aug. 1. 'He's progressing,' head coach John Fox said. 'He's not been cleared for total contact, but he's getting back in the thick of it.'

Our View: Royal could lose his spot to seventh-round rookie Daniel Braverman, who has impressed in his absence. He only played in nine games last year and had a paltry 6.4 yards per catch.
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Bears | Eddie Royal getting work in (Thu Aug 18, 06:31 PM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (concussion) remains in the league's concussion protocol, but he's been doing work running routes.

Our View: It sounds like the veteran is on track to be ready for the start of the regular season. Barring any setbacks, Royal will be the no.3 WR for the Bears behind Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White.
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Bears | Eddie Royal could be odd man out (Wed Aug 17, 01:41 AM) - Chicago Bears WR Eddie Royal (concussion) continues to miss time with a concussion, and it may end up costing him a spot on the final roster according to Hub Arkush. It could come down to two spots between Royal, Marc Mariani and rookie Daniel Braverman, who the team may not want to risk putting through waivers.

Our View: Braverman has had a good summer and should be pushing ahead of Royal on the depth chart. He's a player to track in deep dynasty leagues.
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