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Eddie Royal

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Height: 
5-10

Weight:

185

Age

29
Virginia Tech
8 Years Pro

2015 Season

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Eddie Royal had a fantastic season in 2013, setting a new career high and tying for the team lead with eight touchdown catches.

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Success on the field came with a price though as he dealt with a nagging toe injury that kept him off the practice field for the majority of the season.

Royal's touchdown haul was rather remarkable when considering he did so on just 47 catches, a score for every 5.9 catches. It tied for the sixth-highest ratio in the league in 2013. He scored five touchdowns before the season was two games old, matching his season high while recording the most touchdown catches by a Chargers wide receiver in a two-game span since 1982. Royal also excelled at stretching the field, averaging a career-best 13.4 yards per catch in 2013, more than three yards higher than his career average coming into the season. He finished the year, playoffs included, on a streak of five straight games in which he had a catch of 20 yards or longer.

Royal's toe injury dated to the Chargers' 19-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 14. The injury was serious enough that it kept him off the practice field nearly the entire remainder of the season, but Royal was able to fight through the pain and he missed just one game the entire year.

A native of Chantilly, Virginia, Royal played collegiately at Virginia Tech. Compactly built at 5-10 and 185 pounds, he opened eyes at the NFL Combine in 2008 when he bench-pressed 225 pounds 24 times, most among all receivers at that year's combine. The Denver Broncos selected him in the second round of the '08 draft and he made an immediate impact, racking up nine catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut against the Oakland Raiders. When the 2008 season concluded, Royal earned All-Rookie honors from Pro Football Weekly, the Professional Football Writers of America and The Sporting News after a season in which he posted the second-most catches by an NFL rookie (91), while tallying 980 yards and five touchdowns. Royal set Broncos rookie records in all three categories and led all NFL rookies in those categories, while becoming the league's first player since the NFL merger in 1970 to record his team's longest run, reception, kickoff return and punt return in the same season.

Royal began his NFL career wearing No. 19 but in 2011, he switched his uniform number to 11. He wears his current number in honor of former Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley, who passed away on Sept. 20, 2010. McKinley joined the Broncos as a fifth round pick from South Carolina in 2009.

Royal's sister, Capt. Christina Royal, is a graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and she is currently a special agent in the United States Air Force's Office of Special Investigations. She was the first-ever female regimental commander and the first-ever African-American regimental commander for the Corps of Cadets, where she was in charge of all the cadets at the school. Royal's brother, Chris, played defensive back at Marshall University from 2002-05 and he later played in the Arena Football and AF2 Leagues. In 2007, Chris was the 2007 Spalding Rookie of the Year for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers of AF2. He is currently a strength and conditioning coach at the University of Maryland.

Royal enjoys boxing as a means of staying in shape. He also enjoys bowling, shooting pool, playing golf and basketball, and going to the movies.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Second-round pick (42) by Denver, April 26, 2008...signed July 24...contract expired March 13, 2012...signed with Chargers, March 16.

2014: Key catches during touchdown drives in 30-21 win vs. Seattle Sept. 14...on second-quarter drive that gave Bolts 20-7 lead, set up score with 15-yard catch to eight on 2nd-and-23 play...then later on touchdown drive that gave Chargers 27-14 lead, had 16-yard catch to Seattle 27 on 3rd-and-9 play...two touchdown catches (3 and 5 yards) to help lead Chargers to 22-10 win over Buffalo Sept. 21...scored TDs on opening drives of first and third quarters...23-yard catch on 3rd-and-9 play also helped sustain second quarter field goal drive...two touchdown catches in second quarter Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville were third and fourth in two games...first (47 yards) was longest TD catch since Nov. 30, 2008 for Denver at New York Jets (59 yards)...second covered 43 yards on 3rdand-10 as he became first Chargers wide receiver with two touchdown catches of 43 yards-or-longer in game since Jeff Graham Nov. 19, 2000 at Denver...finished Jacksonville game with five catches for 105 yards, fifth-career 100-yard game and first since Oct. 3, 2010 (Denver at Tennessee)...eight-yard catch on 3rd-and-4 during opening series of Oct. 5 win vs. New York Jets helped kickstart touchdown drive for 7-0 lead...scored Chargers’ first touchdown of game on 29-yard third-down catch Oct. 12 at Oakland...later had 20-yard catch on 3rd-and-11, but injured rib on play and did not return...300th-career catch on first offensive play Oct. 23 at Denver...game-winning one-yard touchdown catch with 38 seconds remaining to give Bolts 34-33 victory at Baltimore Nov. 30... season-high nine catches vs. Ravens...set up second quarter field goal Dec. 14 vs. Denver with 58-yard punt return, third-longest of his career and Chargers’ longest since 2012...led team with 10 catches for 92 yards, had two huge fourth-down catches, and caught 15-yard touchdown pass in second quarter of 38-35 overtime win at San Francisco Dec. 20...had 20-yard catch on 4th-and-6 during third quarter touchdown drive...late in fourth quarter, had 17-yard catch on 4th-and-8 play during game-tying touchdown drive...led team with 95 yards on four catches, including grabs of 30 and 44 yards, Dec. 28 at Kansas City...44-yarder to Chiefs’ one help set up team’s lone touchdown of game.

2013: Six and one-yard touchdown catches Sept. 9 vs. Houston...surpassed 5,000-career all-purpose yards during Texans’ game...single-game, careerhigh three TD catches in 33-30 win at Philadelphia Sept. 15...third touchdown gave Bolts 30-27 lead with 3:11 remaining...scored second on 3rd-and-10 while also converting 3rd-and-7 for 21 yards on same drive...career-high sixth touchdown catch of season (27 yards) and 250th catch of career during 24-6 win at Jacksonville Oct. 20...during TD drive, also caught 29-yard pass that put quarterback Philip Rivers over 30,000 yards for his career...season-long 54 yard catch, longest since 2008, helped set up third-quarter TD in 41-38 win at Kansas City Nov. 24...six-yard TD catch brought Chargers to within three points early in fourth quarter of Dec. 29 overtime win vs. Chiefs that put Bolts into playoffs...33-yard catch, team’s longest of game, set up touchdown in Jan. 5 wild card playoff win at Cincinnati.

2012: First touchdown catch of season (4 yards) to give Bolts 7-0 lead during Sept. 30 win at Kansas City...season-long 31-yard catch on 3rd-and-7 helped set up field goal in Dec. 30 season-ending win vs. Oakland.

2011: Injured groin Sept. 18 vs. Cincinnati and inactive next three games... caught 26-yard touchdown pass and returned punt career-long 85 yards for touchdown in 50th career game, 38-24 win at Oakland Nov. 6...second Bronco to return punt and catch touchdown in same game...30-yard touchdown catch in first playoff game Jan. 8 vs. Pittsburgh.

2010: Sixth in NFL with 11.9-yard punt return average...eight catches for season-high 113 yards and touchdown Oct. 3 at Tennessee, including season-long 41-yard catch.

2009: Set Denver record for receptions through player's first two years (128) while totaling second-most receiving yards (1,325) during span...10 catches Oct. 11 vs. New England to tie as third-fastest player in NFL history to reach 100 career receptions ...AFC Special Teams Player of Week and AFC Special Teams Player of Month (October) after becoming 11th player in NFL history to return punt (71 yds.) and kickoff (93 yds.) for touchdown in same game, Oct. 19 at San Diego... kickoff return was fifth longest in Broncos' history.

2008: All-Rookie pick by Pro Football Weekly/PFWA and The Sporting News...sixth in NFL with 1,829 combined yards, most among rookies in '08 and third-most by Broncos rookie...seventh in league in kickoff return average (26.1 yds.)... made five plays of at least 50 yards...had team's longest punt return of season (36 yards) Sept. 28 at Kansas City, along with longest kickoff return of season (95 yards) Nov. 2 vs. Miami, longest catch of season (93-yard touchdown) Nov. 6 at Cleveland and longest run of season (71 yards) Dec. 21 vs. Buffalo...95-yard kickoff return vs. Dolphins tied for third-longest in team history...Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of Week after nine catches for 146 yards and touchdown in Sept. 8 NFL debut at Oakland...was sixth-most receiving yards by player in debut game since 1960...game-winning two-point conversion following four-yard touchdown catch with 24 seconds left in game Sept. 14 vs. Chargers...inactive Oct. 12 vs. Jacksonville (ankle)...Diet Pepsi NFL Rookie of Week after 164-yard effort at Cleveland Nov. 6, including 93-yard TD catch...added 74 return yards for 238 total yards from scrimmage vs. Browns...set Broncos rookie record with 11 catches in Dec. 28 season finale at San Diego.

COLLEGE: First-team All-ACC as senior...second-team All-ACC and Sports Illustrated honorable mention All-America as junior...school-record 4,686 all-purpose yards (1,778 receiving, 1,386 kickoff returns, 1,296 punt returns, 226 rushing)...set ACC punt return record...left school ranked fourth in receptions (119), fifth in receiving touchdowns (12) and sixth in receiving yards (1,778)...scored 16 career touchdowns: 12 on catches, three on returns and one rushing...also threw TD pass...played in 51 career games with 44 starts...played at Virginia Tech from 2004-07...degree in sociology.

PERSONAL: Born in Alexandria, Va....All-America and all-state receiver and return specialist at Westfield High in Chantilly, Va....led school to 14-0 record and Group AAA Division 6 championship as senior...10 career return touchdowns.

Stats

Career Stats

gamesreceivingrushingfumbles
seasonteamggsrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
2015CHI9937238-3011-1--10--
2014SD161162778-477314-15011
2013SD15347631-548321-15011
2012SD10223234-311322-11010
2011DEN12819155-261748-110--
2010DEN161059627-413661-20042
2009DEN141237345-20011-1010
2008DEN151591980-93511109-71021
TOTAL3753,988-932635275-710105

Recent Games

receivingrushingfumbles
wkopresultrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
17DETL 20-24------------
16@TBW 26-21521-140-------
15@MINL 17-38531-100-------
14WASL 21-24115-150-------
13SFL 20-26------------
12@GBW 17-13------------
11DENL 15-17------------
10@STLW 37-13------------
9@SDW 22-19------------
8MINL 20-2332-201-1--10--
6@DETL 34-37549-300-------
5@KCW 18-17------------
4OAKW 22-20754-211-------
3@SEAL 0-26317-90-------
2ARIL 23-48741-150-------
1GBL 23-3118-80-------

receiving

yearteamgrecydsavgyds/glngtd20+40+1stfum
2015CHI9372386.426.43012090
2014SD166277812.548.6477143391
2013SD154763113.442.1548121330
2012SD102323410.223.431140150
2011DEN12191558.212.92611080
2010DEN165962710.639.241381321
2009DEN14373459.324.620010230
2008DEN159198010.865.393582431
TOTAL 1073753,98810.637.393265072023

rushing

yearteamgattatt/gydsavgyds/gtdlng1st1st%20+40+fum
2015CHI910.1-1-1-0.10-10-000
2014SD1630.2144.70.9015133.3000
2013SD1530.22171.4015133.3000
2012SD1030.3227.32.2011266.7000
2011DEN1270.6486.94011342.9000
2010DEN1660.46110.23.8020466.7101
2009DEN1410.1110.1010-000
2008DEN15110.71099.97.3071327.3110
TOTAL 107350.32757.92.60711440211

passing

yearteamgattcomppctatt/gydsavgyds/gtdtd%intint%lng20+40+scksckyrate
2015CHI9-----------------
2014SD16-----------------
2013SD15-----------------
2012SD10-----------------
2011DEN12-----------------
2010DEN16-----------------
2009DEN14-----------------
2008DEN1510-0.10--0-0--000039.6
TOTAL 10710-00--0-0-0000039.6

kick returns

yearteamgretydsavglngtd20+40+fcfum
2015CHI9---------
2014SD1600--00010
2013SD15---------
2012SD10---------
2011DEN1234715.72001000
2010DEN16510721.43302001
2009DEN142662123.993116100
2008DEN152360026.195015300
TOTAL 107571,37524.195134411

punt returns

yearteamgretydsavglngtd20+40+fcfum
2015CHI9116161600000
2014SD16111009.15801160
2013SD157415.91200071
2012SD1012645.31400021
2011DEN121219416.28512190
2010DEN162529811.933030121
2009DEN143033511.271131131
2008DEN15141401036030101
TOTAL 1071121,18810.6852123595

fumbles

yearteamgfumlostffown fropp frown ydsopp ydstdoobsftytb
2015CHI9-------0---
2014SD1611-1-0-0000
2013SD1511-----0000
2012SD1010-----0000
2011DEN12-------0---
2010DEN1642-2-0-0000
2009DEN1410-----0000
2008DEN1521-1-0-0000
TOTAL 107105-40000000

defensive

yearteamgtotalsoloastscksftypdefinttdsydsavglong
2015CHI90---0------
2014SD16220000-----
2013SD15220000-----
2012SD10110000-----
2011DEN12110000-----
2010DEN16330000-----
2009DEN14110000-----
2008DEN15110000-----
TOTAL 10711110000000-0

preseason

gamesreceivingrushingfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggsrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
108/13/2015@CHI-11219-130-------
208/22/2015@IND-1115-50-------
308/29/2015@CIN-00------------
409/03/2015@CHI-00------------
TOTAL 22324-130-------

regular season

gamesreceivingrushingfumbles
wkgame dateoppresultggsrecydsavglongtdattydsavglngtdfumlost
109/13/2015@CHI-1118-80-------
209/20/2015@CHI-11741-150-------
309/27/2015@SEA-11317-90-------
410/04/2015@CHI-11754-211-------
510/11/2015@KC-00------------
610/18/2015@DET-11549-300-------
811/01/2015@CHI-1132-201-1--10--
911/09/2015CHIL 22-1900------------
1011/15/2015@STL-00------------
1111/22/2015@CHI-00------------
1211/26/2015@GB-00------------
1312/06/2015@CHI-00------------
1412/13/2015@CHI-11115-150-------
1512/20/2015@MIN-11531-100-------
1612/27/2015@TB-11521-140-------
1701/03/2016@CHI-00------------
TOTAL 9937238-3011-1--10--

receiving splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Arizona Cardinals17415.9151-000
Denver Broncos0---------
Detroit Lions15499.8301-010
Green Bay Packers118880-000
Kansas City Chiefs0---------
Minnesota Vikings28334.1101-000
Oakland Raiders17547.7214-110
San Diego Chargers0---------
San Francisco 49ers0---------
Seattle Seahawks13175.790-000
St. Louis Rams0---------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers15214.2141-000
Washington Redskins111515151-000

receiving splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Outside Own Division5231486.4217-110
vs AFC Teams17547.7214-110
vs NFC Teams8301846.1305-010
vs Own Division414906.4302-010

receiving splits - split by MONTH

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
December311676.1153-000
January0---------
November1320.720-000
October2121038.6305-120
September311666151-000

receiving splits - split by STADIUM

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Arrowhead Stadium0---------
CenturyLink Field13175.790-000
Edward Jones Dome0---------
Ford Field15499.8301-010
Lambeau Field0---------
Qualcomm Stadium0---------
Raymond James Stadium15214.2141-000
Soldier Field5191206.3216-110
TCF Bank Stadium15316.2101-000

receiving splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Losses7251636.5304-010
Wins212756.3215-110

receiving splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Mondays0---------
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)0---------
Sundays9372386.4309-120

rushing splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Arizona Cardinals1------
Denver Broncos0------
Detroit Lions1------
Green Bay Packers1------
Kansas City Chiefs0------
Minnesota Vikings21-1-1-100
Oakland Raiders1------
San Diego Chargers0------
San Francisco 49ers0------
Seattle Seahawks1------
St. Louis Rams0------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1------
Washington Redskins1------

rushing splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Outside Own Division5------
vs AFC Teams1------
vs NFC Teams81-1-1-100
vs Own Division41-1-1-100

rushing splits - split by MONTH

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
December3------
January0------
November11-1-1-100
October2------
September3------

rushing splits - split by STADIUM

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Arrowhead Stadium0------
CenturyLink Field1------
Edward Jones Dome0------
Ford Field1------
Lambeau Field0------
Qualcomm Stadium0------
Raymond James Stadium1------
Soldier Field51-1-1-100
TCF Bank Stadium1------

rushing splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Losses71-1-1-100
Wins2------

rushing splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgattydsavglngtd1st
Mondays0------
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)0------
Sundays91-1-1-100

punt-returns splits - split by OPPONENT

splitgretydsavglngtd20+40+fc
Arizona Cardinals1--------
Denver Broncos0--------
Detroit Lions1--------
Green Bay Packers1--------
Kansas City Chiefs0--------
Minnesota Vikings2--------
Oakland Raiders1--------
San Diego Chargers0--------
San Francisco 49ers0--------
Seattle Seahawks1--------
St. Louis Rams0--------
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1--------
Washington Redskins111616160000

punt-returns splits - split by DIVISION CONFERENCE

splitgretydsavglngtd20+40+fc
Outside Own Division511616160000
vs AFC Teams1--------
vs NFC Teams811616160000
vs Own Division4--------

punt-returns splits - split by MONTH

splitgretydsavglngtd20+40+fc
December311616160000
January0--------
November1--------
October2--------
September3--------

punt-returns splits - split by STADIUM

splitgretydsavglngtd20+40+fc
Arrowhead Stadium0--------
CenturyLink Field1--------
Edward Jones Dome0--------
Ford Field1--------
Lambeau Field0--------
Qualcomm Stadium0--------
Raymond James Stadium1--------
Soldier Field511616160000
TCF Bank Stadium1--------

punt-returns splits - split by WIN/LOSSES

splitgretydsavglngtd20+40+fc
Losses711616160000
Wins2--------

punt-returns splits - split by WEEKDAY

splitgretydsavglngtd20+40+fc
Mondays0--------
Other Days (not Monday or Sunday)0--------
Sundays911616160000

Receiving splits - FIELD TYPE

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Grass6241415.9217-110
Turf313977.5302-010

Receiving splits - HOME/AWAY

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Home Games5191206.3216-110
Road Games4181186.6303-010

Receiving splits - POINT SITUATIONAL

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Ahead44912.3213-010
Ahead by 1-8 Points44912.3213-010
Behind271746.4305-010
Behind by 1-8 Points15946.3302-010
Behind by 9-16 Points6366151-000
Tied6152.581-100

Receiving splits - HALF

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
1st Half241586.6305-120
2nd Half13806.2154-000
Last Two Minutes of Half5377.4142-000

Receiving splits - FIELD TYPE POSITION

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Opp 19-1 - by Yard Line6274.591-100
Opp 49-20 - by Yard Line10797.9304-010
Own 1-20 - by Yard Line6305151-000
Own 21-50 - by Yard Line151026.8213-010

Receiving splits - QUARTERS

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
1st Quarter11807.3303-120
2nd Quarter13786152-000
3rd Quarter7466.6151-000
4th Quarter6345.7123-000
4th Quarter within 73175.7122-000
Overtime00--0-000

Receiving splits - MARGIN

splitgrecydsavglng1st1st%td20+40+
Margin 0-75211416.7307-120
Margin 15+315895.9152-000
Margin 8-14118880-000