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Eddie Royal | Wide Receiver

Team: Chicago Bears
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/21/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 185
College: Virginia Tech
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ESPN Chicago projects Eddie Royal and Kevin White as starters entering training camp.
We'll be keeping tabs on which receiver aligns opposite Alshon Jeffery in two-wide sets. Although there have been exceptions, new Bears coach John Fox has something of an aversion to leaning too heavily on rookies, and Chicago invested a $15 million contract with $10 million guaranteed into Royal this offseason. Marquess Wilson is also in the mix for early-season snaps. Jul 23 - 12:26 PM

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NFL.com's Albert Breer reports the Bears have "big plans" for new slot receiver Eddie Royal.

Now 29, Royal has always lacked for love in the fantasy community, but has generated hype all offseason. Coming off a 62/778/7 campaign for the Chargers, the only time Royal was better was his 2008 rookie season, where he caught passes from Jay Cutler in Denver. Royal has 15 scores over the past two years. With the Bears doing everything in their power to rein Cutler in, dump offs to Royal should come early and often. He could be a sneaky-valuable WR4.
Jun 22 - 3:31 PM

ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson identified WR Eddie Royal as a player who stood out during the Bears' offseason program.

Signed to a three-year deal with $10 million guaranteed this offseason, Royal is expected to have a big role in a Bears offense which has lacked a true slot receiver the last several seasons. A repeat of the 90 targets Royal saw in San Diego last year is not out of the question.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 9:26 AM

According to ESPN's Mike Sando, Eddie Royal's "early grasp of the Bears' new offense has him in great position to play a prominent role right away."

Rookie Kevin White ran mostly with the second-stringers at OTAs, not a surprise on a John Fox team. It's given eight-year veteran Royal a chance to shine. "The staff seemed excited about him when I visited Bears camp earlier in the offseason," Sando wrote. Royal projects for similar usage he saw in San Diego the last two seasons, when he averaged 3.5 catches on 5.0 targets per game.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 8:21 AM

Bears signed WR Eddie Royal, formerly of the Chargers, to a three-year, $15 million contract with $10 million guaranteed.

Turning 29 in May, Royal is coming off arguably his finest NFL season, catching 62 balls for 778 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 12.5 yards per reception. He has ties to both Jay Cutler and new Bears OC Adam Gase from Denver. Royal will man the slot in Chicago, between Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson. As he is strictly an inside receiver, the addition of Royal is probably a best-case scenario for Wilson's chances of maintaining a big role in the Bears' offense. Wilson plays on the perimeter.
Mar 11 - 10:16 PM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco said the "door is still open" for free agent Eddie Royal to return.

The Bears met with Royal on Wednesday and are the frontrunners to sign him. He would likely be accepting a team-friendly deal to return in San Diego. Royal is Rotoworld's No. 7 remaining free-agent wideout.
Mar 11 - 4:13 PM

The Bears are hosting free agent Eddie Royal on Tuesday night.

ESPN Chicago calls the Bears the "clear frontrunner" to sign Royal, who is tight with Jay Cutler from their time together in Denver. Royal would play slot receiver between Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson. Royal also has a history with new Bears OC Adam Gase, a former Denver wide receivers coach.
Mar 10 - 9:55 PM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Bears will sign free agent WR Eddie Royal.

Royal reportedly "loves" Jay Cutler, for what it's worth. In Chicago, he'd man the slot between current outside starters Alshon Jeffery and Marquess Wilson.
Mar 10 - 4:22 PM

Eddie Royal had four catches for 95 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the Chiefs.

He also had a touchdown overturned by replay. An impending free agent, Royal's future with the Chargers is up in the air. He's averaged 55 catches, 705 yards, and eight touchdowns the last two seasons and should be able to land a multi-year deal in free agency.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 06:08:00 PM

Eddie Royal caught 10-of-12 targets for 94 yards and a touchdown Week 16 against the 49ers.

Royal inherited a lot of the targets normally earmarked for Keenan Allen (ankle, collarbone), working primarily in the short and intermediate areas of the field. His touchdown catch was a beautifully lofted ball by Philip Rivers in the second quarter. With Allen likely done for the season, Royal could return WR3 value in PPR formats against the Chiefs next week.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 12:50:00 AM

Eddie Royal caught three passes for 27 yards in Sunday's Week 15 loss to the Broncos.

Even with Keenan Allen (ankle) sidelined for the majority of the game, Royal saw just four targets and had little chance to get loose anyway. His biggest impact came on a 58-yard punt return that saw him get tripped up by the punter at the last second. Royal would be a weak WR4 at San Fran next week even if Keenan sits.
Sun, Dec 14, 2014 07:51:00 PM

Eddie Royal caught two passes for 30 yards in Sunday night's Week 14 loss to the Patriots.

It was a quiet night for Royal, who finished with five targets. Royal is averaging six catches and 44 yards over his last three games.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 01:02:00 AM

Eddie Royal caught nine passes for 81 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 13 win at Baltimore.

Royal was up to his old tricks, including a game-winning 1-yards screen pass with 38 seconds remaining. Of course, this was his first touchdown since Week 6, a reminder that Royal falls out of the gameplan often as he runs behind Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates and often Malcom Floyd on the target totem pole. We would go chasing Royal's nice game as a far tougher matchup with the Patriots looms.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:18:00 PM

Eddie Royal caught six passes for 50 yards in the Chargers' Week 12 win over the Rams.

The 50 yards were Royal's most since Week 4, which tells us all we need to know. He isn't a fantasy option as the Chargers' slot receiver. The Rams were giving San Diego anything it wanted underneath.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Eddie Royal secured 2-of-3 targets for 27 yards and rushed once for 15 yards in the Chargers' Week 11 win over the Raiders.

Royal has had some nice moments over the course of the season, but is San Diego's No. 3 receiver behind Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd, and its No. 4 pass option when you include Anthony Gates. He's a WR4/5 in fantasy leagues, and WR4/5s aren't worth rostering during the fantasy football stretch run.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Jay Cutler
2Jimmy Clausen
3David Fales
4Shane Carden
RB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
3Jeremy Langford
4Jacquizz Rodgers
5Daniel Thomas
GLB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
3RB1Matt Forte
2Ka'Deem Carey
WR11Alshon Jeffery
2Marquess Wilson
3Marc Mariani
4John Chiles
5Cameron Meredith
WR21Eddie Royal
2Kevin White
3Josh Bellamy
4Rashad Lawrence
5Levi Norwood
WR31Kevin White
TE1Martellus Bennett
2Dante Rosario
3Zach Miller
4Bear Pascoe
5Blake Annen
K1Robbie Gould