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|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.
| Ryan Mathews misses practice Wed. -- Wed Jan 8 2:50 pm --|
|Running back Ryan Mathews, wide receiver Eddie Royal and safety Eric Weddle all rested on the first preparation day for Sunday's Divisional Round game in Denver. Mathews' absence from practice was nothing new. He's been on a routine the past two weeks that's seen him rest an ankle injury Wednesday and Thursday before practicing Friday. Each week, he was listed as probable.|
FF Today's Take: Mathews was limited in the second half of last week's win against the Bengals and will likely play this week against the Broncos at less than 100%. More updates coming later in the week...
| Ryan Mathews sits Wednesday -- Wed Jan 1 3:00 pm --|
Expected to play
|Running back Ryan Mathews was one of two players listed as not practicing on the San Diego Chargers' injury report Wednesday. Mathews wore a protective boot on his injured left ankle coming off of the field at the end of practice. But he says that everything is fine concerning the injury. Along with Mathews, receiver Eddie Royal (toe) did not practice. But both are expected to play Sunday in Cincinnati. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Mathews will likely be limited in practice later this week but should play against the Bengals on Sunday. He'll be a low-end RB2 in a tough matchup on the road against the Bengals.