The Denver Broncos are once again rather thin at the linebacker position after losing both Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall to injuries during last Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers. The Broncos officially placed Trevathan on the season ending injured reserve on Tuesday, and Marshall is expected to miss at least this weeks game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Broncos who have already lost starting inside linebacker Nate Irving for the year are now down to rookie linebackers Todd Davis, Corey Nelson, and Lamin Barrow as well as Lerentee McCray and special teamer Steven Johnson. Look for Johnson to continue starting at inside linebacker, and Von Miller at the strong side spot but the weak-side spot is up for grabs.
According to Head Coach John Fox the weak-side job is "up for grabs", and he doesn't yet know who will be their starter come Monday Night.
"I can't answer exactly what it will look like yet," Broncos coach John Fox said. "Those guys will get an opportunity, and we will see who wins this job."
The guy who I think will get the job is recently claimed rookie linebacker Todd Davis. Davis was claimed off waiver from the New Orleans Saints on November 13th, and played 24 snaps in relief last Sunday against Chargers and performed well.
"I think [Davis] has adapted quickly," Fox said. "He does have good football awareness and football character. I think he’s done a very good job in this short time."
Another interesting thing to keep an eye on is who will make the defensive calls on the field this week. When both Trevathan and Marshall went down for the Broncos they resorted to old school methods to relay the signals to the defense.
Todd Davis is ready to take over this role if called on.
"It's a tough question," said Davis, when asked of the most difficult challenge if his role grows against the Bengals. "I would say the communication with everybody because of the different players in base (defense). But I did it in college and in the preseason (with the Saints), so it's not new."
In the end I think we will see a mix of all these guys on defense, and they will need to perform well this week. The Bengals have a solid 1-2 punch in Jeremy Hill and Gio Bernard, and I expect the Bengals to try to pound the rock early and often against the Broncos depleted linebacker corps.
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