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Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem are in the same boat in 2013. Royal, however, may be in a better position than Meachem to prove he's not a bust.
Battling a hamstring injury for much of last season, Royal managed to catch just 23 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown with the Chargers.
At the very least, Royal was expected to make an impact in the return game, but he couldn't even give that to San Diego, finishing the year with 64 yards in punt returns.
Despite last season's shortcomings, Royal has reportedly been working as the team's top slot option during OTAs according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego—a fair indication that the team is prepared to give him another shot now that he's healthy.
However, Royal isn't out of hot water just yet.
According to Rotoworld, the Chargers could save $1.5 million against the cap in releasing Royal. And with Keenan Allen joining the team, Royal's job could be in danger.
For now though, Royal will be the Chargers' top option in the slot for 2013, but the pressure is on to have the type of season like the ones he had in Denver when Mike McCoy was calling the Broncos' plays.