Danny Trevathan’s sixth round selection is not indicative of the type of career he could have in the NFL. During his years at Kentucky he displayed versatility, leadership, and playmaking ability. There’s no question that could continue at the next level as the Broncos have immediately found ways to keep him on the field. In the linked article, a guy named Doc Bear takes a closer look into Trevathan’s two tackle performance against Chicago. Even though he didn’t have outstanding numbers, his textbook tackling and feel for the ball carrier shows that he is off to a great start in Denver.
At snap, the front five for Denver – and there is a double team on the side of the right defensive end which takes up the tight end – engages the offensive line front for the Bears.
With all of the offensive blocking alignments engaged, rookie linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) diagnoses the play, spots his gap, and slices through.
Trevathan has to knife through it incredibly quickly, because it could close just as fast. Because the fullback has faked to Danny’s side and then cut back into the closed side to block, he has his back to Danny as the linebacker slams into the tailback, Armando Allen. The play results in a loss of two yards.
Even though Trevathan is competing with former UK LB Wesley Woodyard for the starting weakside linebacker spot, he played some at the strongside linebacker in last Thursday’s game. Defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio already understands how valuable Trevathan’s versatility can be and is using him in a host of ways. Trevathan was a little banged up with an ankle injury after the game but looks to be back competing in the preseason relatively soon.