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Sun., Jul. 19, 2015 7:30 AM PDT
Royal's Only Focus Against Former Team: A Win
This week, Eddie Royal looks to replicate that performance in his first match up against the team he spent the first four years of his career with, the Denver Broncos. While in Denver, Royal caught 206 passes for 2,107 yards and nine touchdowns, while rushing the ball 25 times for 219 yards. He also returned 81 punts for 967 yards and two scores. Through five games with the Chargers, used primarily as the slot receiver, Royal has 11 catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.
While putting up big numbers against his former team like Meachem did would be sweet, Royal emphasized that thoughts of revenge are the furthest thing from his mind.
Instead, it’s only about winning.
“It’s just another football game,” he said. “For me, it’s just about going out and playing in another game. There’s nothing more than that. I’m motivated every week, so this week makes no difference. It’s about winning the next game, and Denver happens to be the next game.”
Meachem agrees with the mindset Royal is taking as it is the exact same way he approached last Sunday night. Still, he has one piece of advice for his teammate.
“Go have fun,” he said. “At the end of the day, don’t make it more than it is because emotions are going to come. That’s something that you can’t hide and you can’t control it. Getting off the plane and riding on the bus, it was kind of weird at first (for me). But once we stepped on the field at game time it was all about the Chargers. There wasn’t anything different. It was like any other game with a chance for you to get better. I would just tell Eddie to stay humble like he is and to keep working. On game day, just have fun.”
One person happy to have Royal on this side of the rivalry is Philip Rivers. He thinks highly of the jitterbug receiver. and noted the familiarity he has with Denver’s roster could be a benefit come kickoff.
“We’ve obviously seen him in that uniform and we’re glad he’s on our side now,” he said. “Obviously it is a different defense than the team he was on last year. Schematically it’s a different defense but they have the same personnel. They know him as well, but we’re glad he’s on our side.”
When Jackie Battle faced his former team, the Kansas City Chiefs, he posted two touchdowns. Then Meachem followed by recording a pair of touchdowns of his own against the Saints. Royal of course would love to follow suit, but to his credit he’s concerned with only one thing, a division win.
“In the end who comes out on top is all that matters,” he said. “You don’t look back at the end of the season and say who had a big game against what team. You look at the wins and losses, and we have a chance to get the win. That’s all I’m concerned about.”