Chicago Bears’ Kevin White suffered a serious injury that is somehow creating a spot for an upcoming star. There are rumors that the Bears might pick outside receiver Eddie Royal.
Royal already knows that he is just a reliever but on the other hand, the receiver understands that there is an opportunity in White’s absence. And that is why he is preparing himself ahead of time so that he can fill the gap.
White experienced a fracture in his shin during the recently ended OTAs. The condition requires White to face the surgeon’s knife and that is where an opportunity for Royal lies.
“I’ve been trying to learn the whole system just so if anything happens that I’ll be able to step in and play wherever,” he said. “We’ve got a number of guys that are doing that just because you never know during the course of a season which guys are going to be up and which ones are going to be down, so a lot of us are preparing to play anywhere.”
Nonetheless, there is no guarantee that the Bears will settle on him. But he still wants to up his game with hopes of securing a starting position in future. In fact, he already regards himself as a starter.
“I think every receiver should take a lot of pride in being able to do everything,” Royal said. “You don’t want to be a one-trick pony. I’ve worked on that my whole career.”
The receiver was initially in Broncos back in 2008. He actually managed to record 91 passes for 980 yards and five touchdowns. Royal used the previous three seasons to work on his performance. He started with 234 yards in 2012 to 47-631 in 2013 to 62-778 in 2014. That was pretty amazing.
“How to run routes, really, inside of the slot, because it’s a lot of body language. It’s a lot of tempo, speeding up and slowing down and quick cuts and just learning how to do that; keep the DB off balance.
“There were a lot of little things I thought I knew, but I didn’t realize I didn’t until I actually got in there and did it. So just getting that experience has been good.”
Though Royal did not participate in training camp, he is certain that he will deliver if the Bears give him a chance to prove himself. Royal argued that he was working out in isolation and hence his absence during training camp should not be used as an excuse to deny him the opportunity.
“I don’t know how much it changes anything with the guys in the room because we’ve all been busting our butts, working as hard as we can and preparing like we’re the starters,” Royal said.
“I think that’s the attitude of everybody, even the undrafted free agents. They’ve been working as hard as they can and whoever gets the call to go out there and play, they’re going to give it their all.”
Royal expressed his heartfelt sympathy towards White. The rookie pointed out that he wished his mate quick recovery because he knows that missing games is really weighing so much on him.
“You just try to talk to him and let him know that we all know that he wants to be out there,” Royal said. “You can just tell that it hurts him not being out there with us, just standing on the sideline. Even in meetings, he’s so anxious to get out there and play.
“I know the feeling. We’ve all gone through injuries and it just sucks for him that it’s so early in his career. But I’m sure that he’ll bounce back from it.”