ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Broncos rookie receiver Eddie Royal was projected to make a mark this season as a returner, but he's already making an impression as a receiver.
The 42nd overall pick in the NFL draft has surpassed veteran free agent newcomers Darrell Jackson, Keary Colbert and Samie Parker to earn a starting spot opposite wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall called his teammate "amazing" and a "playmaker."
Royal had a 35-yard reception that highlighted Denver's opening touchdown drive against Dallas Monday night and then he outjumped
two defenders to haul in a 32-yarder that led to the Broncos' second TD.
Coach Mike Shanahan professes not to be surprised by Royal's rise. Shanahan says the team thought of him as the best receiver in the draft.
Royal was the fifth receiver chosen in the draft.
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