ENGLEWOOD, Colo.** – Last season was a whirlwind for inside linebacker Todd Davis. From starting the season in New Orleans to joining the Broncos in the middle of the season and earning his first NFL start on Monday Night Football, Davis has finally settled into life as a Bronco.
"It feels great," Davis said. "I wouldn't pick a better place to be. I love it here. [I'm] working this hard, but that's what it takes to be a championship team and I love it here."
After his chaotic season, Davis says he's been able to step back and focus on training this offseason in preparation for camp. Three days in and Davis is excited to learn the new playbook and go through his first Broncos training camp.
"I feel like they've been pretty good," Davis said. "Just learning more, staying in, playing hard, working in my playbook, understanding the whole concept of the defense and trying to get it more under my belt and just [making] progress as the days go on."
Day 3 of training camp was highlighted by Peyton Manning and Demaryius Thomas running routes with two kids and a visit from Mayor Hancock. (All photos by Eric Lars Bakke)
Last season, Davis was signed by the Broncos mid-season and was immediately thrust into action. He was claimed off waivers from the Saints for a spot on the Broncos special teams unit. But after inside linebacker Brandon Marshall injured his knee, Davis suddenly went from being a minor role to key player in the middle.
During his time with the Saints, Davis saw action in only three games on special teams, but he was up to the challenge. Just over a month after arriving in Denver, Davis earned his first NFL start on Monday Night Football at Cincinnati (Dec. 22), where he notched a career-high seven tackles. On the year, he totaled 17 tackles, nine solo, while tallying two batted-down passes and five special-teams tackles in six games, including a pair of starts.
During this season's training camp, Defensive Coordinator Wade Phillips and Head Coach Gary Kubiak are gradually reintroducing Marshall and fellow injured inside linebacker Danny Trevathan back into the fold. That leaves Davis fighting for a starting spot on the 2015 roster, a role he is eager and ready to take on in any way.
"[I'll be] wherever the team needs me," Davis said. "I'm going to work as hard as I can and do what I need to do on my end and whatever the team needs, that's where I'll fit."
While Davis is fighting for a spot in the linebacker rotation, he knows he isn't the only one.
"Everybody knows that we have 90 men here and we're only going to keep 53," Davis said. "So every day, everybody is trying to make an impression on whether it's a drill or during team period. Everyone is showing, trying to put their best foot forward, [to] show what they can do."