Danny Trevathan: TE Killer?

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

I've thrown that question out quite a bit. In this case however, Danny may be what the Dr. ordered.

I did an exhaustive study on how the Broncos fared when covering the TE. Bottom line, it is an area that needs improvement. It may be less of an issue now that the two headed monster in NE is no more, but make no mistake, there will be teams with strong receiving threats at the TE position that will need to be counted for.

Danny was eased into playing time and really only saw extensive time in one game against the Saints. This was a game where the Broncos lined up in nickel most of the time and Trevathan was charged in man coverage against Jimmy Graham. In fact here are his snap numbers (courtesy of pro football focus):

Trevathan_snaps_medium

Well, getting to see the data up close, something very interesting sticks out--why was he seemingly phased out the last couple games of the season? Could be that the Chiefs and Ravens offensive personnel choices (more heavy sets) kept the Broncos in their 4-3 base more often? Regardless, we can see that he was used primarily in pass coverage with more than half of his snaps coming in this role.

If the Broncos figure to run their nickel defense extensively in 2013, Danny will see quite a bit of playing time. Let me just give you the initial impressions I've had from watching tape on him. Sometimes he gets overpowered by strong TE's when he tries to jam at the LOS. He gives up size which affects his ability to contest balls that are thrown in a general area--in other words when the QB throws the ball high or outside where his big TE can make a play. He gets fooled by double moves, but also flashes the closing speed to deal with it. When it comes to closing speed at LB, at least in coverage, he is by far the best. Speed in general isn't an issue as I've seen him cover guys like Graham who were motioned to the outside on "go" routes.

Without further adieu, here were the results he posted when an opposing team targeted a TE against him in coverage:

TE

Coverage

Down

Result

Analysis

A. Gates

D. Trevathan

(Man)

1-10

13 yd rec

The rook overcommits to the inside route, Gates runs the patented in/out double that gives so many LB's (not just Broncos LB's) issues. You need guys that can swivel their hips on a dime to defense it---some corners can but again you're not usually gonna get this matchup.

J. Graham

D. Trevathan

(Man)

3-3

Incomplete

Trevathan plays outside leverage and backpedals down the field. Graham has some separation as the route turns into a cross, but Trevathan closes quickly and deflects the ball incomplete. Nice play.

J. Graham

D. Trevathan

(Man)

2-13

18 yd rec

Trevathan manages to get a quick jam, but it doesn't phase Graham---amazing how much bigger than Danny he is. Graham runs the post and has a step, Danny still almost closes on the ball for a close no deflection. This is what I've been waiting to see from the LB's closing speed.

J. Graham

D. Trevathan/

W. Woodyard

(Man, Zone)

4-2

INT

Trevathan absolutely mugs Graham off the LOS. Again, doesn't slow him down, he is heading down the seam with more than a step on Trevathan, Woodyard who is sitting in a medium zone, just goes up and makes a fantastic INT to bail him out.

J. Graham

D. Trevathan

(Man)

2-10

20 yd rec

Danny gets a jam but is out strong-armed by Graham. Plenty of separation-Danny just gets beat.

J. Gresham

D. Trevathan

(Man)

2-10

15 yd rec

Trevathan has bad leverage from the start (inside) on a medium out by Gresham.

G. Olsen

D. Trevathan

(Zone)

1-10

Incomplete

Danny gets a hand on the outside shoulder and recognizes the route instantly (short out). Danny deflects the ball incomplete.

D. Clark

D. Trevathan

(Zone)

1-10

Incomplete

Danny drops back to the intermediate middle in zone coverage. Dallas Clark chips the rusher and releases into the right flat. Danny is late to recognize it and Clark is open, but Doom's rush causes an errant throw.

D. Clark

D. Trevathan

(Man)

1-10

1 yd rec

Clark runs an in/out pivot route short over the middle and is wide open. A strong rush up the middle causes hesitation and Freeman throws a weak pass off his back foot. Could have been worse than it was.

D. Clark

D. Trevathan

(Man)

3-17

9 yd rec

Clark goes in motion which gets Danny moving the wrong way presnap. Clark runs a quick route to the left flat. He has room to run, Danny recovers and forces him out of bounds.

D. Pitta

D. Trevathan

(Man)

1-10

2 yd rec

Pitta runs a short out to the right flat and Danny tracks it down and forces him out of bounds after a short gain.

Player

Targets

REC

YDS

TD/INT

AVG/T

Trevathan

11

7

78

0/0

7.1

So there's a mixed bag of results. Sometimes he was beat, sometimes he flashed very good coverage abilities. I expect him to grow even more in 2013. Overall he did pretty good for a rookie. None of his targets resulted in a huge play or scoring play so you have to like those results.

I'm a big fan of Trevathan's and I think the Broncos will utilize him more in 2013. What do you think MHR, is Danny Trevathan the TE Killer the Broncos are looking for?

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