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Old 04-02-2012, 09:16 AM   #1
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Default Eddie Royal the next Sproles?

Amongst all the PM talk, thought it would be good to check in on a familiar face:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/...home-chargers/

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The Chargers have big plans for Royal...

Royal said he doesn't “want to give away too much,” but before signing his three-year contract last month, Turner pitched his plan for Royal in San Diego's vertical offense...

“I'm really excited about Eddie Royal because we haven't had that guy,” Turner said. “I think that's affected (tight end Antonio) Gates. People have been able to concentrate and double (team) Gates. Now, if they try to do that, you've got Eddie Royal on the slot. You've got Robert Meachem outside. We'll have better balance.”...

“Of course, I could have been comfortable at home and playing for a coach that I played for before,” Royal said in a phone interview from Arlington, Va. “At the end of the day, I had to make the right decision for me.

“It wasn't about being comfortable. It wasn't about playing at home. It was about the best decision for me as a football player and my career. I think I made that decision.”
I wonder what they said to him? Maybe something along the lines of... "We're going to line you up all over the field to find the best mismatches, and you'll be in on most 3rd downs..."

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Old 04-02-2012, 09:20 AM   #2
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If Eddie stays healthy, he could have a big impact in the Chargers' offense and, of course, as a punt returner.

He obviously has a great deal of respect for Philip Rivers, and cites him as a major reason for signing with San Diego.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:20 AM   #3
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They said, "In a week the Broncos sign Peyton Manning, dumbass."
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
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We'll see. Eddie's a good kid, and a decent returner, but he's never demonstrated the type of consistent play-making in space that Sproles has shown since the Kansas St. days. Aside from an occasional return here, or a decent bubble screen move there, he really hasn't down much of anything in four years.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:22 AM   #5
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They said, "In a week the Broncos sign Peyton Manning, dumbass."
Do you think that maybe the Cutler and Tebow debacles had anything to do with Eddie deciding to leave?
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:25 AM   #6
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Do you think that maybe the Cutler and Tebow debacles had anything to do with Eddie deciding to leave?
Sure. He got misused here and probably got sick of the drama. He sure as well wasn't going to get any chances with Tebow back there. But if he hangs on another week or so for the FA rush to settle, he stays here and Peyton makes him a star. Too bad. I think he jumped the gun.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:29 AM   #7
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we were not very creative with him here
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:29 AM   #8
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The difference I see is that Sproles was good before he went to the Saints.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:29 AM   #9
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I can't believe you left out his parting shot at Tebow:

..."it means a lot to have a [quarterback] you know exactly what you're getting week in and week out."
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:29 AM   #10
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Eddie hurt his hamstring signing the contract.
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Sure. He got misused here and probably got sick of the drama. He sure as well wasn't going to get any chances with Tebow back there. But if he hangs on another week or so for the FA rush to settle, he stays here and Peyton makes him a star. Too bad. I think he jumped the gun.
I'm aware that the Redskins pursued him, and according to the article, a total of 8 teams expressed an interest. It doesn't say that the Broncos made a play to retain him, though, so it makes me wonder...
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:33 AM   #12
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Darren Sproles...the one that gotta away...

Instead of taking him the 4th...

Shanahan trades UP in the 3rd to snag Maurice Clarett...

It still gives me nightmares to this day.


I wish Eddie all the best and hope that the Chargers use him wisely, except when we play them twice a year.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:33 AM   #13
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I can't believe you left out his parting shot at Tebow:

..."it means a lot to have a [quarterback] you know exactly what you're getting week in and week out."
I'm sure Eddie knew exactly what he was getting "week in and week out" with Tim Tebow: no passes thrown his way.
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:38 AM   #14
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I'm sure Eddie knew exactly what he was getting "week in and week out" with Tim Tebow: no passes thrown his way.
I wish Eddie (and Tim) well. But, I think the broncos upgraded the recieving and qb corp. (Caleb Henne? really?) Royal could have put up some big numbers here, but cap wise he just didn't fit.

And I think EFX is looking to run a lot of two TE sets, because while they want Manning to spread the ball around horizontally, they still want to run and even more importantly avoid the three and outs they had last year.
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Darren Sproles...the one that gotta away...

Instead of taking him the 4th...

Shanahan trades UP in the 3rd to snag Maurice Clarett...

It still gives me nightmares to this day.
And then to think about who he passed up to take Royal... (DeSean Jackson)
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:39 AM   #16
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“I'm really excited about Eddie Royal because we haven't had that guy,” Turner said. “I think that's affected (tight end Antonio) Gates. People have been able to concentrate and double (team) Gates. Now, if they try to do that, you've got Eddie Royal on the slot. You've got Robert Meachem outside. We'll have better balance.”...
Gates hasn't been double teamed in 2 years. In the last 2 years people have focused on taking away Floyd and Jackson more than anything. Gates is a lot slower now than he used to be and can more often than not be covered well by a linebacker. Unless something changes dramatically Meachum will get double covered some.
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I'm sure Eddie knew exactly what he was getting "week in and week out" with Tim Tebow: no passes thrown his way.
Yup. Although he didn't exactly light it up with Orton the year before.
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I love Eddie and think he can have a productive career with the Chargers, but calling him a Sproles is a little over the top. Sproles can juke the NFL's best tacklers in the open field and gets great yards after contact. His pass routes are usually sitting in zone coverage against linebackers which is a huge mismatch.

Eddie just doesn't bring all those things.

Rivers should be able to turn Eddie into a really nice possession receiver, but I don't see him becoming an instant gamebreaker.
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I love Eddie and think he can have a productive career with the Chargers, but calling him a Sproles is a little over the top. Sproles can juke the NFL's best tacklers in the open field and gets great yards after contact. His pass routes are usually sitting in zone coverage against linebackers which is a huge mismatch.

Eddie just doesn't bring all those things.

Rivers should be able to turn Eddie into a really nice possession receiver, but I don't see him becoming an instant gamebreaker.
Sproles proved to be a lot tougher runner than I thought he was. Payton commented on this a lot, and expanded the guy's role even to short yardage. I wondered if the Bolts were going to try and use Royal in some gimmick type run plays.
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:02 AM   #20
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Eddie would have seemed to fit the Manning offense really well. He runs very precise routes and would seem to fit really well with timing patterns.

In retrospect, I wonder if he would have stayed in Denver if he knew Manning was coming here instead of being in a read option offense?
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Old 04-02-2012, 10:15 AM   #21
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Eddie can't hold Sproles jock. They aren't close to the same player. He's a tentative return man he hasn't made a big play for us in forever. Once in a blue moon he would have a big game and the disappear for the rest of the season. Good luck with that, Charger fans.
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We'll see. Eddie's a good kid, and a decent returner, but he's never demonstrated the type of consistent play-making in space that Sproles has shown since the Kansas St. days. Aside from an occasional return here, or a decent bubble screen move there, he really hasn't down much of anything in four years.
Other than Cutler he's had below average QB's throwing him the ball. I bet he has his best year since his rookie season this up coming year.
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I don't really see him as that much of an upgrade to Caldwell who is cheaper.

But I wish him the best.
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With Meacham and Royal, the Chargers added some interesting weapons for Rivers. Seems to me a classic under the radar team that has been underachieving for so long its been written off prematurely.
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