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Royal happy to be back practicing

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    CHARGERS: Royal happy to rejoin practice after injury

    SAN DIEGO ---- Eddie Royal likes being in the huddle. He likes being involved in practice, no matter how far removed from a game that actually matters.

    Before Wednesday, the Chargers receiver hadn't been in one for almost a month. Royal was sidelined with a groin injury the Chargers treated carefully to avoid the possibility of re-injury closer to the regular season.

    Royal wanted nothing of it. He would tell anyone with a recorder that he was running around and feeling fine, if only the training staff would let him back on the field.

    He finally got his wish Wednesday, rejoining team activities on the final full practice before Friday's exhibition against Minnesota.

    "I caught my first ball in live action in quite some time, and it felt really good," Royal said. "It's one thing to be watching and another to be in the huddle. It makes you feel more a part of the family. I'm happy to be back."

    The Chargers didn't allow Royal to go all out in an attempt to ease him back in, but the optimism surrounding the veteran's potential in this offense soared back to offseason levels.

    The strong foundation quarterback Philip Rivers built with Royal during the OTAs remains after the long layoff, with enough time remaining to get in sync.

    "Philip and Eddie got that chemistry real fast," Chargers coach Norv Turner said. "Eddie is a bit more the style receiver that we're used to. He's very comfortable with our system and our routes and Philip was very comfortable throwing the ball to him."

    Despite such praise for his offseason and his ability to look sharp after being out so long, Royal still feels like he's playing catch-up. He won't play Friday or much at all in the Aug. 30 preseason finale at San Francisco, but Royal believes he can make up for lost time on the practice field.

    "Philip and I started working on something good in the offseason and laid a solid foundation, but you have to keep building on that," Royal said. "You always want to keep working on the timing and the little details that take a while to perfect.

    "That's what practice is important for. Every route I run and ball that I catch is valuable when you're trying to catch up after an injury. Since I missed some time, I want to get out there and do the little things that the other guys have been working on throughout training camp."

    Despite Royal's claims, Turner said his new receiver looked pretty good on his first day back.

    "He's playing like Eddie Royal," Turner said. "He's fast and he changes directions as quick as anyone I've been around. He had a big smile on his face all through practice. I know he was excited to get back out there."
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  2. JohnnyX

    JohnnyX 2017 Chargers Head Coach

    Oct 7, 2010
    I think that Injury might bother him all season, having seen similar injuries on WR. I just hope he can play well and maybe good enough to be 2008 Royal that annoyed us with the Broncos.
  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

    Jan 19, 2006
    Good to have him back

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