If there was ever a player whose fortunes were solely tied to that of a head coach and his system, Eddie Royal is that player. Royal was a revelation as a rookie in 2009 playing in Mike Shanahanís offense, notching 91 receptions for 980 yards and five touchdowns. Shanahan was fired following that year and Royalís production fell off a cliff. The former second round pick caught 115 passes for 1,127 yards and four touchdowns over the following three seasons and is coming off a 19-reception, 155-yard, one-touchdown campaign. Finally free of his rookie contract, Royal had a chance to rejoin Shanahan in Washington where he would have been the teamís top slot receiver but instead chose to join in San Diego where he will compete with 2011 3rd round pick Vincent Brown. Since coaches generally like their slot receivers to catch more than 38.8% of their targets (Royalís receptions to targets ratio last season), look for Brown to win that battle. I said it last year and Iíll say it again this year. Donít go thinking Royal is ready to recreate his rookie magic because it ainít gonna happen.
Keenan Allen out Week 16, broken collarbone-- Tue Dec 16 1:15 pm --
Also suffered ankle injury
Wide Receiver Keenan Allen suffered a broken collarbone along with an ankle injury in Sundayís loss to the Denver Broncos and is not expected to play Saturday when the Chargers head north to face the San Francisco 49ers.(Chargers.com)
FF Today's Take:A disappointing season for Allen is coming to an end. Eddie Royal and Malcom Floyd will move into starting roles this week against the 49ers defense that's allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy points to wide receivers.
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