Nov 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos middle linebacker Steven Johnson (53) during the game against the Miami Dolphins at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Steven Johnson has gotten plenty of opportunities since the injuries to Danny Trevathan and Brandon Marshall last season. He did a pretty solid job in their absence, which led to the Broncos giving him a one year deal. Now it looks like he could be called upon again during the 2015 season.
The Broncos have been taking a look at the linebacker position because it is quite an interesting battle with organized team activities starting up. Brandon Marshall and Danny Trevathan have been battling injuries that have either limited them or kept them out of practice during the sessions. This has allowed other linebackers set to play on the inside a chance to show what they have to offer.
Steven Johnson has a solid chance to have significant time on the playing field this season. Not just for his special teams play, but for his experience as an inside linebacker from last year. I think he could play the same role as Shane Ray in the sense that he will spell for a veteran.
With Danny Trevathan coming off of three injuries in one season, it would not surprise me if Steven Johnson spelled for him while he completely recovers. I see a situation where the Broncos ease Danny Trevathan into the lineup only because of his talent and that the team does not want to take a risk having him get injured again.
Steven Johnson has proven himself time in and time out by making plays in the limited time he was on the field the past couple years. If there is any player that I would have confidence in with the absence of Danny Tevathan or Brandon Marshall, it is Steven Johnson. As Mike Klis wrote, Steven Johnson would be an excellent fit at the “Mike” linebacker position for the Broncos’ new 3-4 defense.
Depth is going to play a huge part for the Broncos this season. It is a good thing that Steven Johnson is on the roster to help out any way he can.