While it is well established that Royal is having a quiet year, Josh McDaniels' answer to the questions about him have remained the same.
"I sit up here and say the same thing every week - the ball goes to the guy that is open, or at least that's what we're trying to do," McDaniels said. "It's not always their fault, sometimes coverage dictates we go somewhere else. Like the San Diego game, (Tony) Scheffler has 100-some yards receiving, and that's because of the way they played us. We're not worried about that, we'll continue to try to get everyone better and involved in the offense and put them in a position to make plays, but we're not going to beat our head in the wall to try to do it."
McDaniels said Royal's big game against New England showed that effect - the Patriots' coverage made Royal the best read in the offense, and he got the ball often.
"Eddie is a very good player, obviously, but we have more than one of those on offense," McDaniels said. "As long as we're trying to move the ball the right way and not turning it over and taking care of it, we're going to keep spreading it around and trying to give it to who deserves it based on what they're doing against us. In the New England game, they dictated we throw over there a bunch, and it helped us win."