December 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (11) runs after a reception during the first quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Should Chargers Keep Eddie Royal as the Punt/Kick Returner?

I definitely believe that Eddie Royal will be released for some cap relief soon, but there still are reasons to keep him around. We may need some insurance at the position, but we also need a good punt/kick returner on the roster.

The wide receiver slots are pretty much sealed with Danario Alexander, Malcom Floyd, Vincent Brown, Keenan Allen and Robert Meachem taking the top 5 spots. The only way the Chargers keep another receiver is if someone goes down with an injury or if he is a return specialist.

Eddie Royal fits the role. So does Richard Goodman, but Goodman is mainly a kick returner and doesn’t touch punts. Royal has to have to edge in that battle.

The roster doesn’t have a lot of players with experience returning punts. Eric Weddle always can be used in a pinch, but he scares me any time he goes back there to return. He has put a few balls on the dirt, plus we don’t need him taking a few extra hits.

Dan DePalma will probably get a shot at the return duties. Keenan Allen could be used in that role also.

If the Chargers do end up cutting Royal, then they could go pick up utility receiver Micheal Spurlock again. He can be used all over the place on special teams and has proven to be a solid target for Philip Rivers when called upon.

Eddie Royal was hyped up last offseason as the best slot receiver that Philip has ever had. He never was able to make the impact we had hoped for. He barely could get onto the field. Seems to be the story of Eddie Royal’s career.

Royal worked with Mike McCoy in Denver and McCoy might want to keep Royal around. So if we keep Royal around, who gets canned? I guess we don’t need depth at corner after all.

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