Broncos begin season with a Royal flush

September, 8, 2008
9/08/08
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26-Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

OAKLAND -- Denver rookie receiver Eddie Royal is as good as advertised.

Royal couldn't have had a more impressive opening drive in his debut. The second-round pick from Virginia Tech was involved in five plays during Denver's opening drive and concluded with an impressive 26-yard touchdown reception from Jay Cutler. Royal managed to keep his feet in bounds by mere inches on the play.

With Denver star receiver Brandon Marshall out serving a one-game suspension, the Broncos will need Royal, who also ran the ball twice in the first drive, to perform well all night.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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