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NFL insider Len Pasquarelli hears that WR Eddie Royal has caught on quickly in San Diego.  According to Pasquarelli, there is "legitimate excitement" about Royal's potential as the team's slot guy.  He's reportedly meshed well with QB Philip Rivers this offseason, and the coaching staff has acknowledged that Royal has looked good in practice.  Pasquarelli expects San Diego to alter its passing attack a bit this year, using more quick-hitting pass plays.  That'd benefit Royal, who is a possession receiver with dangerous after-the-catch ability.  San Diego's #3 WR has never topped 27 catches in Rivers' 6 seasons, but Royal has a good chance to zoom by that mark in 2012.  His role in the offense will be worth monitoring in camp.  For now, he looks like an intriguing bench stash in PPR formats.

Chargers HC Norv Turner expects free-agent addition Eddie Royal to be busy as an underneath, possession receiver.  "A year ago our tailbacks combined to catch over 100 balls. As much as we push the ball up the field, I'd like to think that Eddie Royal will get a lot of those catches (by running backs) because he becomes an option underneath," Turner said. "We haven't had that guy, and Eddie's really been impressive as the guy who runs the option routes, runs the seams, runs the post -- some higher percentage stuff."  Although he's been a disappointment over the past 3 seasons, Royal does have a 91-catch campaign to his name.  If given ample targets, he could provide WR3 level production in PPR formats.  He'll need to hold off youngster Vincent Brown for that slot role though.

According to beat writer Michael Gehlken, the Chargers have "big plans" for WR Eddie Royal.  After catching 91 balls in his rookie year with the Broncos, Royal has totaled only 115 receptions over the past 3 seasons.  In San Diego, he'll battle with WR Vincent Brown for slot duties.  “I'm really excited about Eddie Royal because we haven't had that guy,” HC Norv Turner said.  While we'd expect him to improve on his numbers from the last few years, it's tough to see Royal being a consistent weekly fantasy option with so many mouths to feed in San Diego.

WR Eddie Royal has agreed to a 3-year, $13.5 million contract with the Chargers.  There was a report on Tuesday that Royal had signed with the Redskins, but that obviously turned out to be inaccurate.  Royal would have been better off in Washington though.  With the Chargers, he figures to be a special teams guy and the #4 WR behind Robert Meachem, Malcom Floyd, and Vincent Brown.

Broncos WR Eric Decker (knee) has officially been ruled out for Saturday night's game against the Patriots.  He sprained his MCL last week and is unlikely to play again this season, regardless of how long Denver's miraculous run lasts.  WR Eddie Royal will move into the starting lineup in Decker's place.  He's not a reliable fantasy option, but he does come with some upside this weekend against New England's leaky secondary.

NFL.com's Jeff Darlington confirms that Broncos WR Eric Decker (knee) has "no chance" to play against the Patriots this weekend.  He has a sprained MCL, which is usually a 3-4 week injury.  Decker's season is almost certainly over -- even if Denver beats New England on Saturday night.  Eddie Royal will take over as the Broncos' #2 WR.

Good news and bad news for Broncos WR Eric Decker.  It turns out he only suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday' game against the Steelers, avoiding any damage to his ACL.  It means he'll be ready for all offseason activities.  But it'll also knock him out for the remainder of the playoffs.  WR Eddie Royal will start in his place against the Patriots this Saturday night.

Update: The Broncos have not ruled Decker out for this weekend's game.  We'd still bet against him playing, but we'll update his status throughout the week.

The Denver Post reports that Broncos WR Eric Decker suffered a "serious" ACL injury in Sunday's win over the Steelers.  Decker took a hit straight to the knee in the 2nd quarter and was immediately ruled out for the rest of the game.  It's likely a torn ACL, and we should get confirmation tomorrow.  WR Eddie Royal will start in Decker's place against the Patriots this Saturday.

Broncos WR Eddie Royal (concussion) practiced all week and is set to return for Sunday's showdown with the Patriots.  Still listed as a starter, Royal could be on the field for Denver's 1st offensive snap.  WRs Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are clearly the superior fantasy options though.  Royal hasn't topped 41 yards all year.

2:40pm EST 12/11/11

Broncos WR Eddie Royal (concussion) is inactive for today's game against the Bears.  WR Demaryius Thomas starts in his place.

Broncos WR Eddie Royal (concussion) didn't practice all week.  He still hasn't been medically-cleared.  Royal is listed as questionable but is unlikely to play against the Bears on Sunday.  He's not a fantasy option even if he does.

Broncos WR Eddie Royal suffered a neck injury against the Vikings on Sunday.  Picking up extra snaps in his place, WR Demaryius Thomas teed off for 144 yards and 2 scores.  Royal shouldn't get his starting spot back even when he gets healthy.  Go ahead and drop him in all redraft leagues.

11:28am EST 12/4/11

Broncos WR Eddie Royal (toe) is active for today's game against the Vikings.  He'll serve as the #2 WR but isn't a fantasy option with Tim Tebow under center.

Broncos WR Eddie Royal (ankle, toe) is questionable for this Sunday's game against the Vikings.  He'll be a game-time call but isn't a fantasy option.  Royal hasn't topped 41 yards all year.

11:54am EDT 10/23/11

As expected, Broncos WR Eddie Royal is active for today's game against the Dolphins.  He'll start but isn't a recommended fantasy play in his first game action since Week 2.

Broncos WR Eddie Royal (groin) returned to practice on Monday.  He's been out since Week 2 and has just 4 catches for 51 yards on the year.  With WR Brandon Lloyd out of the picture, Royal will likely step into the starting lineup for the time being.  He's better off in the slot, though, and will likely eventually be pushed there by the more-talented Demaryius Thomas.

The arrow is pointing up for Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas.  He's set to make his 2011 debut this week after rupturing his Achilles back in February.  And with WR Brandon Lloyd being shipped out of town, Thomas could soon find himself in the starting lineup.  Denver will likely go with Eric Decker and Eddie Royal against the Dolphins this Sunday, but Thomas should quickly move past Royal.  Royal is a natural slot receiver, while Thomas is a big-time outside threat at 6'3, 229 pounds.  He's the most physically-gifted WR on Denver's roster and has definite upside if he can stay healthy.  For more on Thomas, check out our Week 6 Free Agent Focus.

When the Broncos return from their Week 6 bye, WRs Eddie Royal (groin) and Demaryius Thomas (Achilles, finger) are expected to be ready to return to action.  That has WR Eric Decker's status in flux.  The Minnesota product has been a pleasant surprise so far, compiling 266 yards and 4 TDs through 5 games.  Royal shouldn't be a threat to his playing time.  But Thomas, if healthy, is undoubtedly more talented than Decker and could steal snaps and targets.  It'll be something to monitor over the next few weeks.  Of course, if QB Tim Tebow is at the controls, Brandon Lloyd will likely be the only Denver WR worth starting on a weekly basis.

Broncos beat writer Mike Klis reports that WR Eddie Royal will miss 2-4 weeks with the strained groin he suffered this past Sunday.  Royal was already being passed by WR Eric Decker in the pecking order, and this just expedites the process.  Decker has WR3 upside going forward and is worth a waiver wire add this week.

Broncos WR Eddie Royal left Sunday's game against the Bengals with a quad or groin injury.  Denver is now down to 2 healthy WRs and had Tim Tebow in the game as a wideout.  No joke.

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