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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.

News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 29): Royal has been impressing us with his ability to score on shorter routes over the last two years, but he broke two long ones against the Jaguars. While it is still just the Jags, Royal is showing more than one facet to his game, and he still has great chemistry with Philip Rivers. He is at least worth the bench bye/injury/emergency spot at WR, and against the Jets secondary, he could be worth a start this week.

Week 5: vs New York Jets

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at ARI 2 -1 0 6 1 20 0 0
2 vs SEA 0 0 0 10 7 69 0 0
3 at BUF 0 0 0 6 4 42 2 0
4 vs JAX 0 0 0 7 5 105 2 0
5 vs NYJ PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs SEA (10 / 7 / 69 / 0 rec)

Royal was the most targeted Chargers receiver on the day. His bread and butter was the underneath route, where he would gain enough separation to make the catch, and then use his quickness to gain yards after the catch. Rivers did target Royal a few times on other, longer patterns, but with much less success. He was dangerous anytime he had the ball, and while not the number one target on most days, Royal can put up good numbers when utilized properly.

2014 Week 3 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 42 / 2 rec)

Royal caught four passes on Sunday, including two touchdowns from inside the Bills five-yard line. The first coming on the opening drive, Royal used an incredibly helpful block from Keenan Allen to slip the initial threat. Stephon Gilmore, who was covering Allen, didn't react quickly enough and Royal didn't have much trouble sneaking into the end zone on the quick screen. Later Royal victimized a badly overmatched Preston Brown on a shallow crosser. The rookie linebacker picked up Royal as he flashed in front of him, but Royal easily ran away from him and turned the short toss into a 23-yard gain. Working from the slot, Royal used a slight hesitation on the snap to feign a move outside before sneaking beneath Antonio Gates who cleared the coverage for Royal. Rivers threw a dart and Royal took a pretty heavy shot on the catch, but managed to pinball his way into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown. Royal's last catch looked just like his first as Rivers threw the quick screen and Royal found plenty of initial space to get up field. The short toss went for 11 yards, with all of coming after the catch.

2014 Week 4 vs JAX (7 / 5 / 105 / 2 rec)

Royal had a rough start to his afternoon, losing six yards on a 3rd and 17 screen pass that never had a chance from the beginning. But soon after that, he made a nice grab along the sideline to complete a 15-yard pass (tapping the toe to stay inbounds). But we've buried the lead here. He continued making up for the early poor start by getting behind the entire defense for a long 47-yard touchdown. He appeared close to getting caught from behind, but some nice footwork enabled him to elude the tackler. Later in the first half, he again managed to shake free of his defender down the sideline. After hauling in the pass, he read a few blocks and displayed excellent awareness by making his way through the obstacles of would-be tacklers en route to his second long score of the game (this one from a mere 43 yards out). He saw one more long target late in the game that was just out of reach. It was a rare occurence to see Royal targeted on so many deep balls since his game is typically screen passes and short dumpoffs over the middle.


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