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    Eddie Royal Article

    I apologize if this was already posted, but I didn't see it listed, so I thought I'd repost it just in case.

    A good article on Royal if I do say so.
    It is a shame that the National Football league is known better for its "bad boys" than its "good guys." Oftentimes, the rare player who goes about his business like a professional and backs it up on the gridiron with toughness, heart, and determination goes unnoticed.

    For Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal, being the consummate professional is what he was raised to do. Royal is the youngest of seven children who were all raised by Pearl Royal, a single mother.

    While it was tough for Pearl to raise these seven children all by herself, she never lost track of what was important in life. Her family consistently attended church, and she made every effort possible to avoid conflict. Still, it was noticeable that she was struggling to keep the family properly nourished.

    Eddie states that he is "still amazed at how she provided dinner for us every single night."

    Royal was always soft-spoken and rarely ever got into trouble. However, he struggled to earn good grades in high school.

    According to an article written in the Rocky Mountain News, Royal was motivated to do well the final two years of high school due to the similar experience of his brother Chris, whose grades prevented him from a football career at Marshall University.

    He soon found out that if he would just put a little more time into his studies, he could earn a scholarship to college to play football.

    "I saw struggle and lived it, and I didn't want to go through that. I didn't want my family to go through that," Royal said. "It kind of molded me into a hard worker."

    Lee Rasizer, formerly of the Rocky Mountain News, sums up Royal very well:

    "Royal has a tendency to treat opponents the way he has chased his goals—sidestepping or taking them head-on, but ultimately getting to where he wanted to be."

    While the speedy receiver has always been considered undersized, he more than makes up for it with his heart and determination, as cliché as it may sound.

    As if going through a rough childhood wasn't humbling enough, Royal has also experienced other venues of turmoil.

    He attended high school with former Virginia Tech schoolmates who were killed in the tragic shooting in April of 2007, and his sister Christina is serving in Iraq.

    He used all of that as determination on the football field, setting numerous ACC and Virginia Tech records as a wide receiver and return specialist. His play for the Hokies earned him a trip to the Under Armour Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, where he "wowed" scouts with his great hands and route-running skills.

    Royal then continued his strong offseason with an eye-opening performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he led all wide receivers with 24 bench press reps at 225 pounds apiece.

    His offseason was so impressive that former Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan chose him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

    Initially, Royal was projected to be primarily a return specialist and maybe a fourth receiver for the Broncos.

    Quickly, he erased those expectations and created some of his own.

    Royal was so impressive in the offseason camps and workouts that he was promoted all the way to the No. 2 wide receiver spot, behind Brandon Marshall.

    There was not a pass this kid could not handle.

    He continued his impressive showing all the way through training camp and the preseason, and Broncos fans were eager to see how he would fill in for the suspended Brandon Marshall on Monday Night Football on opening weekend.

    Not only did he fill in, he also made then-Raiders cornerback DeAngelo Hall look silly.

    Royal had nine receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 41-14 victory, capping off the most impressive rookie wide receiver debut in Broncos history.

    Still, the rookie receiver was not satisfied.

    He called his mother directly after the game, not wanting praise or helium for an ego balloon; he wanted to know what he did wrong.

    "It's hard to do everything the right way," Royal said. "That's what drives me."

    Royal went on to have arguably the most impressive rookie season for any Denver Broncos wide receiver in team history. He finished the year with 91 receptions for 946 yards, and he also led the team in punt return yards and kick return yards.

    Also, he was the only player on the team to record a pass attempt, rush attempt, reception, kick return, and punt return.

    In his second year in the NFL, Royal can only hope to improve on what was a fantastic first season. It is unfortunate that his contributions to the league have gone largely unnoticed due to the fact that Royal did not change his last name to "Diecinueve" or throw popcorn in his face when he scored a touchdown.

    If I were a betting man, I would say Royal would not have it any other way.
    Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?

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    Eddie is the man!


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    class act, top player...hard to come by..

    Champ and Royal are the definition of it

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    definetly can't wait to watch him play this season... :go:

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    I really think Eddie has potential to be a better receiver than Marshall, and thats taking nothing away from Marshall, thats just how good Eddie Royal is. Eddie runs better routes, is quicker/faster, and has better hands. His only knock is that he's only 5-10, and not a very big guy. However, he has shown that he can get open, make tough catches, and make plays after the catch consistently over the course of a season. My biggest surprise from Royal is his route running ability. I mean this guy knows how to get CB's going one way, and then quickly shifts direction leaving the corner well out of position and eliminating his chances on making a play on the ball if it is thrown correctly. I only saw Royal drop a couple balls too, which is a good sign. I love the kid, been high on him every since we drafted him. Most of all, the guys all class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowabronco24 View Post
    I really think Eddie has potential to be a better receiver than Marshall, and thats taking nothing away from Marshall, thats just how good Eddie Royal is. Eddie runs better routes, is quicker/faster, and has better hands. His only knock is that he's only 5-10, and not a very big guy. However, he has shown that he can get open, make tough catches, and make plays after the catch consistently over the course of a season. My biggest surprise from Royal is his route running ability. I mean this guy knows how to get CB's going one way, and then quickly shifts direction leaving the corner well out of position and eliminating his chances on making a play on the ball if it is thrown correctly. I only saw Royal drop a couple balls too, which is a good sign. I love the kid, been high on him every since we drafted him. Most of all, the guys all class.
    I think Royal/Marshall is the perfect Yin and Yang scenario.

    Marshall is big and a brutal runner. He is more likely to overpower a defender and fight with the ball for yards than he is to outrun someone.

    Royal is fast and accurate, more likely to outmove and outrun a defender.


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    Quote Originally Posted by McSmashie View Post
    I think Royal/Marshall is the perfect Yin and Yang scenario.

    Marshall is big and a brutal runner. He is more likely to overpower a defender and fight with the ball for yards than he is to outrun someone.

    Royal is fast and accurate, more likely to outmove and outrun a defender.
    Royal and Marshall in my opinion is the best WR tandem in the NFL, because the talent, and what i quoted above, they perfectly off set each other...I'd say next is, Fitz and Boldin

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    Fast Eddie!!

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    One of Shanny's last gifts to the Broncos. Still like the Steve Smith analogies w/o the drama.

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    they complement each other

    Eddie is fast and shifty

    Marshall is Powerful and breaks a lot of tackles

    :go:

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    Quote Originally Posted by #24 Next Champ View Post
    Royal and Marshall in my opinion is the best WR tandem in the NFL, because the talent, and what i quoted above, they perfectly off set each other...I'd say next is, Fitz and Boldin
    Please, DROP THE KOOL-AIDE.

    Fitzgerald and Boldin are the best WR tandem in the NFL and it's not even close. IMO, they are the best WR tandem ever. Seriously, how are you going to say garbage like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillIeverMakeit View Post
    Please, DROP THE KOOL-AIDE.

    Fitzgerald and Boldin are the best WR tandem in the NFL and it's not even close. IMO, they are the best WR tandem ever. Seriously, how are you going to say garbage like that?
    Why don't you go away? What do you have to troll these boards for?

    Your welcome is worn out. If you are Bears fan, go troll a Bears board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topscribe View Post
    Why don't you go away? What do you have to troll these boards for?

    Your welcome is worn out. If you are Bears fan, go troll a Bears board.

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    How am I trolling? What I said was the truth. Just because I don't agree with the outrageous statement that Marshall and Royal are the bet WR tandem in the NFL doesn't make me a troll. You can go cry to a mod for all I care. They will agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WillIeverMakeit View Post
    How am I trolling? What I said was the truth. Just because I don't agree with the outrageous statement that Marshall and Royal are the bet WR tandem in the NFL doesn't make me a troll. You can go cry to a mod for all I care. They will agree.
    Ha, whatever man, your splitting hairs anyways. Its not like Boldin/Fitz is head and shoulders above Marshall/Royal. Just because you don't agree with it, doesn't mean its not true. Maybe you should at least watch Marshall and Royal play before coming on here and saying such "ludicrous" statements as you like to put it. Jesus man, Boldin wasn't even on the field in arguably Arizonas most important drive of the year.

    But your right, Boldin and Fitz are light years above and beyond Marshall and Royal..

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowabronco24 View Post
    Ha, whatever man, your splitting hairs anyways. Its not like Boldin/Fitz is head and shoulders above Marshall/Royal. Just because you don't agree with it, doesn't mean its not true. Maybe you should at least watch Marshall and Royal play before coming on here and saying such "ludicrous" statements as you like to put it. Jesus man, Boldin wasn't even on the field in arguably Arizonas most important drive of the year.

    But your right, Boldin and Fitz are light years above and beyond Marshall and Royal..
    No, buddy, they are head and shoulders above Marshall and Royal. If not more. Boldin missed just two games after getting smashed and seriously injured but still put up over 1000 and lead the NFL in TD receptions. Boldin was a huge part in their division championship and the trip to the SB. Boldin gets hurt not because he doesn't want to play, but because he is THE most physical WR in the NFL and plays has played his heart out every game of his so far great career. Even before Fitz came, Boldin was putting up 1400 yard seasons and they were with SCRUB QBs. I'll easily take Boldin over Marshall. Then you factor in Larry Fitz, and it really isn't even close. You thinking Marshall and Royal are even close to Fitz and Boldin just shows me how much of a homer you are.

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