Broncos LB Todd Davis Eyes Consistency And Chemistry
Todd Davis found himself starting at inside linebacker for the Broncos last season. The experience came with struggles, but Davis is ready to go.
Last season Todd Davis experienced what it was like to be an NFL starter. However the experience came with hard lessons and bits and pieces of success.
Davis registered 97 tackles and 0.5 sacks. While the stats don’t necessarily scream “starter” or impact player, Davis adapted quickly against various elements of on field adversity.
Primarily, Davis was targeted by opposing offenses in coverage by going empty and running the tailback on certain routes. Davis lacked speed that would enable him to cover most tailbacks out of the backfield.
With the struggles that come natural on the playing field, so do the positive learning lessons. Living in the shadow and question of replacing Danny Trevathan, Davis focused on bettering himself.
In the journey of self fulfillment, Davis is embracing truth and learning to grow from it.
"“It’s huge for me. I think it means that we’re going to tell the truth. By us telling the truth and living by the truth, we’re going to be better. We don’t have to sugarcoat things. We just tell it how it is and we grow from that.” – Todd Davis on what the ‘Truth’ motto means to him (Via Denver Broncos PR)"
Davis understood that he struggled in pass coverage and expressed that he has been working hard to improve that area of his game. Davis spoke on his desire to remain on the field in key situations. “I would love to stay on the field during those key third downs and in the down packages. I’m definitely working on my coverage and just trying to have a reason for me to not be off the field”
Surely, knowing that he must improve on his coverage means he understands that he must accomplish that in order to improve his shelf life and value as a member of an elite defense.
“I just want to be better. I watched film and I saw some of the areas that I can improve in and some of the ways that I can enhance my game” Davis said.
Another element that Davis said was important to him was developing chemistry with the man next to him, Brandon Marshall.
“I think it’s been great” Davis said.
"“He’s from Vegas and I’m from California. Those places are so close together. We’re able to bond and talk about things. [For example] growing up, we have a lot of similarities, childhood memories or things we used to listen to. I think that really brought us together. Just playing together, I think we have a chemistry like nobody else. – Todd Davis on his chemistry with Brandon Marshall (Via Denver Broncos PR)"
Davis spoke highly of new defensive coordinator Joe Woods and Head Coach Vance Joseph. He even went along to explain how Joseph has shifted the mentality of the entire team to compete and finish.
“I love everything about him. I love his personality, his intensity and what he brings to the locker room and in the meeting room” Davis spoke of Joseph. The passion that Joseph has for his defense is still there and it’s evident. “I love seeing him getting fired up when we make a play in practice.”
Todd Davis spoke of new defensive coordinator Joe Woods in a positive light as well. “He just brings a new attitude, a new life to us. The way he calls plays and his mentality behind the defense is going to be huge for us.”
Writer’s Thoughts: Todd Davis in 2017
Three years ago I was not fond of Todd Davis because I believed he wasn’t ready. Last season was a big question mark heading into the year, but overall Davis impressed me as each week passed. A revealing stat was that Davis didn’t miss a single tackle last season.
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As an inside linebacker that is a phenomenal stat and gives Davis enough confidence to keep working hard and staying hungry. I still believe he needs to work heavily on his pass coverage, but other than that I am looking forward to what this season will bring for Todd Davis.
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