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Broncos’ Royal expected to help fill void left by Marshall

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By Dan Parr

The departure of Brandon Marshall leaves the Broncos with a significant hole at wide receiver, but it also gives Eddie Royal an opportunity to get back on track after a poor performance last season. Royal, who nearly disappeared in his sophomore campaign, will be one of the targets expected to help make up for the production Marshall once provided. Royal had an impressive rookie year in 2008, but he made just 37 catches for 345 yards and no touchdowns in '09, and head coach Josh McDaniels said — well before Marshall was dealt — he wanted to get Royal more involved in 2010. Some observers say Royal is better off playing in the slot, where he can use his short-area burst to maneuver around defenders, but McDaniels has yet to describe the role he envisions for him in detail. Prior to last season, some expected Royal to become Denver's version of the Patriots' Wes Welker.

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