A pair of special teams touchdowns against San Diego has granted Eddie Royal his first career special teams honor.
Royal will be named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, the Broncos learned on Tuesday, for his Week 6 performance in a 34-23 victory over the Chargers. His 235 total return yards set a franchise record.
The majority of those 235 yards came via that pair of blistering runs on the Chargers’ coverage teams. Royal became the second Bronco and 11th player in NFL history to record a kickoff return for a touchdown (93 yds. in first quarter) and a punt return for a touchdown (71 yds. in second quarter) in the same game. He is the sixth player to accomplish that feat since the 1970 NFL merger.
The last Bronco to accomplish that feat was wearing the same retro brown that Royal wore on Monday night. HB Al Frazier had a 90-yard kickoff return and 55-yard punt return for touchdowns against the Boston Patriots on Dec. 3, 1961.
Royal’s 93-yard kickoff return was the ninth one returned for a touchdown in club history, and first since CB Deltha O’Neal’s run on Oct. 1, 2000 against New England. His 71-yard punt return was the 28th returned for a score in franchise history, and first since WR Glenn Martinez’s 80-yard dash on Nov. 19, 2007 against Tennessee.
Royal is the 19th Bronco to win the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award since its inception in 1993. The last Bronco to earn the distinction was Matt Prater in Week 5 of the 2008 season.