A day-by-day Broncos player breakdown is something we've been doing since our days at BroncoTalk nearly a decade ago. This year the tradition continues as we look at the Denver Broncos roster heading into the 2015 season in our 90-in-90 series.
Name: Todd Davis
Height: 6'1" Weight: 230
Age: 23 Experience: 2
College: Sacramento State
Todd Davis joined Denver by way of the New Orleans Saints late last season after getting released by their team in a roster move that was designed to stash him back on their practice squad. There was a little bit of hub-bub about the situation as the Saints tried to keep him tied up in meetings in order to avoid Denver's waiver claim.
Luckily his play on the team didn't have even half of that much drama to it in the last three games of the 2014 season. He stepped in after a couple of weeks of being with our team due to some injuries in our LB corps and helped the defense not miss a beat. He made flew around the field, was calling plays and adjustments, and even defended a couple of passes successfully.
All of this was pretty impressive to me coming from an undrafted free agent rookie in his first year of NFL action. He played at NFL game speed and obviously had a head for what was happening on defense. It was clearly apparent to me and to his teammates.
The good: Davis is an aggressive linebacker who seems to have a good nose for the ball. He tackles well and appears to me to play the run very well. There were only a few takes of him in pass coverage (zone in all cases IIRC), but he was very good there as well.
The bad: The story is still out on Davis who is a very young player. For three games he played pretty darn well, but that's a small sample size. Speaking of size, we'd probably like him with a little more junk in the trunk playing inside linebacker and his frame looks like it could support that. He's a rookie though, so this isn't as big of a concern currently and may be addressed by the time training camp comes around.
Status: Davis is going to compete for a starting spot from what I saw last year. He's absolutely got a legitimate shot at it. Also, our two starters currently (Trevathan and Marshall) have injury concerns. Either way I think he's a shoe-in to make the team and see the field this season unless he regresses in a big way.