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WR Eddie Royal - Chicago Bears

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

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2015 Week 8 vs MIN (3 / 3 / 2 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

The Bears' offensive game plan in the first half of Sunday's game was perfectly suited for Eddie Royal, though he barely made an impact. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase kept things close to the line of scrimmage in the first half, electing to call a lot of screen passes and misdirection plays at or behind the line. Before Royal suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of the game early, he three passes for a whopping two yards. Because the plays being called were so conservative, the Vikings sat on the line of scrimmage and thwarted any and all of Chicago's attempts to get pass-catchers in space. Royal has a place in this offense, but he needs to get healthy and stay healthy before he'll truly make an impact.

2015 Week 6 vs DET (7 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Eddie Royal has the talent to be a very dangerous weapon for Jay Cutler and the Bears' offense. The only problem is his ability to stay healthy and on the field. After sitting out Week 5 due to an ankle injury, Royal returned to the field and caught five passes on seven targets for 49 yards. Royal's longest reception went for 30 yards. On the play, the speedy receiver found space in the middle of the field before turning the corner up the sideline. Royal never gives up on a route -- a trait that hasn't gone unnoticed this season. Cutler has become a quarterback who relies on his legs to keep a play alive. As Royal regains health in his ankle, he'll only become more effective as the season progresses.

2015 Week 4 vs OAK (10 / 7 / 54 / 1 rec)

Eddie was a royal pain Raiders' butt in the Bears' 22-20 win in Week 4. For the first time this season, Royal played like the receiver the Bears thought they signed. In a breakout performance, Royal caught seven passes on 10 targets for 54 yards and one touchdown. He hugely benefitted from the return of Jay Cutler, who missed much of the previous two games with a hamstring injury. With Matt Forte running well and the Raiders' defense using a man over the top to cover Martellus Bennett, Royal brilliantly worked the middle of the field. A competent slot receiver is something the Bears have been missing in recent years. Royal, by the looks of it, appears to be the right guy for the job. As Cutler and Royal get more reps together in practice, expect to see an even stronger dynamic between the two. Another circumstance of which will help Royal will be the return of Alshon Jeffery. When Jeffery returns to the starting lineup, the Bears' offense will be able to spread the field even more than what we saw Sunday against the Raiders.

2015 Week 3 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec)

t's not Eddie Royal's fault. Say it again: it's not Eddie Royal's fault. Royal is not to blame for his lackluster fantasy performance thus far this season. For the better part of three weeks, Royal has been asked to be the Bears' No. 1/2 wide receiver -- something he is not. Without Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White out there to stretch the field, Royal can't work the middle of the field. The Bears signed Royal to be a slot receiver, and he's yet to be able to play that role. Against the Seahawks, Royal caught three passes for 17 yards on three targets. Not an inspiring effort, if you ask us. On top of that, Jimmy Clausen is going to be under center for the next few weeks. If there's one thing we learned from the Seahawks game, it's that Clausen is not an NFL starting quarterback, and he might not even be backup-worthy. Before you make any big decisions as it pertains to Royal, why don't you wait until Jay Cutler, Jeffery and White are back on the field.

2015 Week 2 vs ARI (8 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec)

Eddie Royal had somewhat of a rebound game Sunday against the Cardinals. After a very disappointing Week 1 outing, his first as a Bear, Royal caught seven of eight targets for 41 yards. Without much room of which to work, due to the absence of field-lengthening wide receivers like Alshon Jeffery and Kevin White, the middle of the field was one big traffic jam for most of the game. Life is going to get much tougher for Royal, who might now be without his starting quarterback, Jay Cutler. When Jimmy Clausen took over Sunday's game after Cutler left with a hamstring injury, the Bears offense struggled to gain chunks of yards at a time. This is something that directly will affect Royal's output moving forward.

2015 Week 1 vs GB (5 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Eddie Royal was brought to Chicago to be the slot receiver the Bears have been seeking for years on end, but he was nothing more than the fourth option against the Packers. Catching only one ball on five targets, Royal had a very forgettable first game as a Bear. Royal clearly lacked chemistry with Jay Cutler, which shouldn't be all that surprising given the receiver missed valuable practice time leading up to Week 1. The missed connections appeared to be a result of not being on the same page. Whether it was a result of rust or the shot to the head Royal took late in the first half. He briefly left the game to be tested for a concussion but returned shortly after. Royal entered Week 1 with high expectations and left Week 1 looking like a royal disappointment.


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