Receiver Eddie Royal returned to action for the Broncos Sunday for the first time since injuring his groin in the Sept. 18th game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Royal was targeted four times, catching two passes for 14 yards, including a critical 7-yard pass on the Broncos’ final drive of regulation to set them up for a third-and-short situation, which they converted.
Even though the game went into overtime, Royal said he felt fine throughout the contest.
“I feel good,” Royal said Monday. “It was a long game; it was hot. I was able to make it through, and it felt good the whole game.”
Royal said the last five minutes of Sunday’s game, when the Broncos scored two touchdowns, showed the team’s potential.
“It kind of showed you what we’re capable of doing,” Royal said. “We’ve just got to put a whole game together. There were a lot of plays that we didn’t really hit on in the beginning of the game, but we figured it out in the last five minutes, and that was just enough time.”
While the offense surged late in the game, it struggled in the first three quarters. With a 5-2 Detroit Lions team coming into town this weekend, Royal knows the team needs to play better the entire 60 minutes.
“It was challenging, just because we had opportunities (in the first three quarters), and we didn’t capitalize on them,” Royal said. “We’ve got to do a better job playing a good Detroit team coming in here, so we’ve really got to make those plays to keep us in these games.”