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Old 08-06-2009, 07:03 AM   #1
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- With just a little room to run during red zone drills, Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal bolted past one defender and used a nifty move to slip by another. An instant later, he was in the clear in the end zone where quarterback Kyle Orton hit him with a 10-yard dart.

That scene from Wednesday has become a familiar one during the Broncos training camp, where the second-year wide receiver is being groomed as an offensive centerpiece after a breakout rookie campaign a year ago.

"He sticks out every day," Denver coach Josh McDaniels said. "Eddie is a very talented player, a lot of ability, very smart, versatile. We move him all over the field. He's very unselfish, wants to do what's best for the team. He's accepted his role and he's doing a great job with it so far."

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Royal provided a vivid demonstration of his capabilities last season. He set team rookie records for with 91 receptions, 980 yards receiving, and five touchdown catches. He also became the first player since the 1970 NFL merger to post his team's longest run (71 yards), reception (93 yards), kickoff return (95 yards), and punt return (36 yards) in the same season.

Royal finished with four games in which he had nine or more receptions, including a club rookie record 11 catches in a season-ending loss to the San Diego Chargers.

For his part, Royal is less impressed by those numbers than the opportunity to build on them, by improving his play as an individual and contributing to any overall improvement as an offense.

"I'm just coming out here and trying to get better every day," said Royal, who broke into the league as a second-round pick out of Virginia Tech. "It's not about individual stats at all. It's about winning. We want to win and we want to get to the playoffs."

The Broncos haven't done that for three consecutive seasons. The drought fueled a tumultuous offseason that included the firing of two-time Super Bowl winning coach Mike Shanahan and the trading away of Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler after he clashed with McDaniels, the former New England offensive coordinator brought in to replace Shanahan.

While the new Broncos coach hasn't been shy about making personnel changes on both sides of the ball, Royal is one holdover whom McDaniels has wholeheartedly embraced.

McDaniels has cited Royal's impact as a return man on top of his eagerness to learn the new offensive system that the coach brought with him from New England and his determination to build chemistry with Orton and backup Chris Simms. Both quarterbacks are in their first season in Denver.

"Learning the new terminology, learning where to line up, the different motions, it's tough, but at the same time, it's fun and it's challenging," Royal said. "You've got to come out here and challenge yourself, not only physically but mentally. We're working at that every day. Coach is putting challenges in front of us and we're trying to meet them together."

Royal said his working relationship with Orton and Simms is getting better by the day.

"They're both really good quarterbacks," Royal said. "They're accurate. They're getting better with their reads and they're getting the ball to us quickly, so I'm excited about it."

Simms had a birds-eye view of Royal's catch during red-zone drills and said the play encapsulated the receiver's ability to get open anywhere on the field.

"His talent - you guys have seen it - speaks for itself," Simms said. "He's unbelievably quick and fast and has very surprising strength for somebody his size as well."

While noting that Royal was one of the smartest receivers he's ever been around and a distinct talent in his own right, McDaniels said he could see a day where, in terms of efficiency and production, Royal could be likened to Wes Welker, whose 111 catches for New England last season were second-most in the league.

"Hopefully, you'll be talking about Eddie Royal in that same breath," McDaniels said.

That would suit Royal just fine. "That's what I'm here working for," Royal said




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Old 08-06-2009, 07:11 AM   #2
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Great Article! Royal has the right attitude and the ability to become a franchise favorite. How can you not love this guy?
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:20 AM   #3
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i agree, that really is a great article...

i like to see players like royal get rewarded for their great attitude...
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:24 AM   #4
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I love the potential Royal has, especially in this type of offense. Here's to hoping he takes the next step.
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Of course he is...he's a Hokie.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:36 AM   #6
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i wonder how many people here that were b****ing about the royal pick are the same people b****ing about the smith pick. probably a lot.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:56 AM   #7
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While noting that Royal was one of the smartest receivers he's ever been around and a distinct talent in his own right, McDaniels said he could see a day where, in terms of efficiency and production, Royal could be likened to Wes Welker, whose 111 catches for New England last season were second-most in the league.

"Hopefully, you'll be talking about Eddie Royal in that same breath," McDaniels said.

That would suit Royal just fine. "That's what I'm here working for," Royal said
This part of the article is not exactly truthful regarding what McDaniels said. I saw the interview where McDaniels was talking about Royal. When someone asked him if he would be like Welker, McDaniels made a point to say that Eddie Royal is his own guy and has his own strengths.

When I heard the interview, I didnt get "he will be Welker" at all. The impression I had was that McDaniels actually thinks he is better or far less limited than Welker.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:01 AM   #8
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lex, which running back should we have taken instead of that useless punt returner?
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:14 AM   #9
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Man Royal is great... can't wait to see what he does this season
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:27 AM   #10
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i wonder how many people here that were b****ing about the royal pick are the same people b****ing about the smith pick. probably a lot.

Smith...as in Rod wasn't "picked"
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In a few years, he will develop the leadership ability too. I hope he is with us for his whole 15 year career.

I see flashes of Rod Smith in terms of the impact he can have on the franchise.
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Smith...as in Rod wasn't "picked"
Alphonso?
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yea, alphonso. i'm not sure how anyone could have possibly thought i was talking about rod, given the context.
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yea, alphonso. i'm not sure how anyone could have possibly thought i was talking about rod, given the context.
It was a pretty bad analogy in the first place, so it probably threw people off.
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I love the potential Royal has, especially in this type of offense. Here's to hoping he takes the next step.
He's going to be moving all over the place. Can't wait to see how we utilize him. The Welker comparison has become cliche, but Royal really does stand to see similar touches/numbers.

Apparently Lloyd had a good practice yesterday. I think McDaniels sees him as his discount version of Randy Moss. He and Orton had a bit of chemistry in Chicago. I hope he can really focus in and have a career year. He's a legitimate deep threat when he's on top of his game.

Royal, Gaffney, Stoke, Royal are a pretty good set of 4 receivers. Then, you've got McKinley, Jackson, etc. to fight it out for the 5th spot.
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It was a pretty bad analogy in the first place, so it probably threw people off.
umm... there was no analogy made. go look up the word and try again, champ.
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i can't wait until next season when teams are looking for their own Eddie Royal.
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Sorry, but Royal > Welker.

He could have caught 130 balls last year had Cutler not zeroed in on Marshall during a 6 game stretch in the middle of the season.
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I think we are starting to see a pattern here of guys that are team players, hard workers and keep their mouth shut. No room for prima donnas !!! I would be happy with a team full of guys like Royal and Hillis. I'm sick of the B Marsh types !!!!
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I think we are starting to see a pattern here of guys that are team players, hard workers and keep their mouth shut. No room for prima donnas !!! I would be happy with a team full of guys like Royal and Hillis. I'm sick of the B Marsh types !!!!
Yeah, sure you are. Until he stiff arms a corner, jukes a safety and takes it 40 yds to the house.

I guarantee you all will be forgiven if he goes out there and plays well.
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Sorry, but Royal > Welker.

He could have caught 130 balls last year had Cutler not zeroed in on Marshall during a 6 game stretch in the middle of the season.
No need for an apology.
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Sorry, but Royal > Welker.

He could have caught 130 balls last year had Cutler not zeroed in on Marshall during a 6 game stretch in the middle of the season.
Royal is just a great overall guy that probably has great people surrounding him...I love it. I think Eddie seems like a genuinely good person, like Rod Smith used to strike me, and that makes him my favorite. Him being a talented bastard helps.
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i wonder how many people here that were b****ing about the royal pick are the same people b****ing about the smith pick. probably a lot.
I loved 'em both from the word go! Selected Eddie as my guy the day we drafted him.
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