28-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Chicago Bears
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
On the heels of a 2013 season in which he caught 47 passes for 631 yards and eight touchdowns in 15 games, Royal remains in line to do some damage out of the slot in the Chargers' offense and thus a c...
Eddie Royal Contract Information:
Signed a three-year contract with the Bears in March of 2015.
Royal signed a three-year contract with the Bears on Wednesday.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Royal will be reunited with Jay Cutler, just days after it was announced that Brandon Marshall, another former Bronco, will be traded to the Jets. With Marquess Wilson likely stepping up to replace Marshall on the outside, Royal figures to work out of the slot, where he's always been most comfortable. One of the league's least-efficient receivers for much of his career, Royal came into his own while working with Philip Rivers the past two seasons. Of course, expectations for production should be held in check, with the Bears still boasting an offense that includes Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Royal did not have the resurgent year some thought he would in 2012, as he recorded just 23 catches (44 targets) for 234 yards and one touchdown. He is unlikely to receive enough targets to be much of a fantasy option in 2013.
The Chargers brought in Royal (along with Robert Meachem) to replace the production lost when Vincent Jackson signed with Tampa Bay. The Bolts intend to use Royal primarily in the slot and on punt returns, but he is very likely to bounce back from a disappointing 2011 season where he only caught 19 balls. Royal will have stiff competition for looks in the high flying San Diego passing attack, but he has some legitimate upside and could easily catch 40 balls if he builds any sort of rapport with Philip Rivers.
After a promising rookie season in 2008 (91 catches), Royal went from an afterthought in 2009 (37 catches) to a marginally useful role player last season (59 catches). Through it all, Royal, despite his plus speed, has never been a big-play generator – only one catch of 40-plus last year, and three in his entire career, and he’s never averaged even 11 yards per catch. Royal’s also returning from offseason hip surgery, but there’s a good chance he’ll be ready for the start of training camp.
After a sensational rookie season (91 catches, 980 yards), Royal disappeared almost entirely last year. He battled thigh and neck injuries late in the season, but was healthy and unproductive until late November, so the injuries can’t explain the drop-off. The most obvious explanation is a lack of chemistry with new quarterback Kyle Orton, but Royal ran short routes during his rookie year (10.8 yards per catch) and also last season (9.3), so catching more than 47 percent his 79 targets shouldn’t have been an issue no matter who was under center. Whatever the reasons for his struggles, Royal enters 2010 with a chance to be the team’s No. 1 receiver now that Brandon Marshall’s left town. At 5-10, 184, Royal’s a small, quick receiver with enough speed to beat defenses deep and the open field vision to take two returns to the house last year. He’s not much of a red-zone threat, and thus far in his career he hasn’t been asked to run many down-field routes. He’ll battle with Jabbar Gaffney and rookie Demaryius Thomas for the team’s starting receiver jobs.
The most productive rookie receiver in the league a year ago, Royal will have to adjust to a new offensive system and a new quarterback. Even so, he’s in a good spot to succeed. While quarterback Kyle Orton lacks Jay Cutler’s elite arm strength, he did a passable job with below average receivers in Chicago’s harsh climate with 18 touchdown passes (and just 12 picks) in 466 attempts. While Denver’s hardly an ideal environment for the passing game, it’s an improvement over Chicago, as is playing for a head coach in Josh McDaniels who helped make a star out of Matt Cassel last season. Royal himself resembles Wes Welker (in terms of style) but with one more gear. Royal’s incredibly shifty and has excellent top-end speed. At 5-10, 180, he’s not big or strong enough to make catches in heavy traffic, and he’s not at all suited to red-zone work. But with McDaniels at the helm, we expect Royal to be targeted heavily whether from the slot or on the outside. Despite his speed, Royal was used primarily on shorter routes last year (just eight catches of 20-plus, two for 40-plus and a 10.8-yard receiving average). His excellent 71-percent catch rate was also Welker-esque, though it remains to be seen whether the new coaching regime exploits his superior speed down the field.
Royal, who was drafted in the second round of the 2008 draft, will make his biggest fantasy impact as a special teams returner, as he is behind a number of veterans on the wide receiver depth chart.