Chiefs fans may recall Royal’s nine-catch, 104-yard performance at Arrowhead Stadium in September of 2008. Royal saw a ton of targets as a rookie because of a battered cast of Broncos running backs. His early success likely set unrealistic expectations heading into his second season.
Year two saw Royal take a dip with 37 catches for 345 yards. His totals decreased by two-thirds from his rookie campaign as he often played outside receiver opposite Marshall. However, as a return man, Royal was still top-notch.
”Emmitt and Otis are unbelievable coaches. With Romeo, that’s three defensive coaches that are going to help him. Look at the job Emmitt and Otis have done with some of our young defensive backs, whether it’s the two young safeties or the two young corners. Yes, those two corners were here prior to us but they certainly got better under their coaching.”
In Pioli’s second draft, the Chiefs selected Eric Berry with the fifth overall pick. Berry led all safeties at the 2010 NFL Combine with a 43.0-inch vertical jump. Berry’s hops ranked as the third-best that year of any player regardless of position.
Last year, the Chiefs selected Pittsburgh wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin in the back-end of the first round. Baldwin posted a 42.0-inch vertical jump at the Combine, best at his position and second-best overall.
Baldwin, Berry and Washington couldn’t just sky. They could leap as well.