ENGLEWOOD, Colo. –On Sunday, the Broncos' second day in pads, Brock Osweiler dropped back and tried to drop a ball into the corner of the endzone during an 11-on-11 session.
But instead of completing the scoring play, the pass was picked off by a leaping Danny Trevathan. Before he could stand with the ball, his defensive teammates had already starting yelling and had him surrounded.
"I was just out there celebrating – I was in the moment I don't even remember what was going through my mind," Trevathan said. "I just know I wanted to get up and score."
Trevathan played in 16 games in 2012 – his rookie campaign -- and recorded 30 tackles. Now in his second training camp, he's feeling more comfortable.
That's been exemplified by his performance on the practice field.
"Especially in coverage, he's made huge strides from year one to year two," linebacker Von Miller said. "I think he's poised to have a great season this year."
Fellow Kentucky Wildcat Wesley Woodyard saw this improvement coming back in minicamp.
"Danny's going to be a great player," Woodyard said in April. "I feel like he has a big role coming up this year, and he's going to be one of the guys that I'm looking forward to being on the field, making plays right beside me and balling and having fun."
Not only has Trevathan shown some improvement in his coverage skills, he's been playing with a lot of physicality in training camp.
He laid one of the biggest hits of the day on Thursday when he popped Kemonte' Bateman after the rookie hauled in a catch.
"It makes practice more fun for me," Trevathan said about being physical. "It makes it more aggressive and it makes it more game-like. You know the guys on the field but you've got an attitude towards them that you don't want them to make a play on you. You want to make a play on them."
Though he's competing – pretty aggressively – against the offense in practice and the other defenders on the depth chart, he still considers his teammates family.
"I just expect to be in there and try to make plays," Trevathan said. "That's what we're paid for and that's what we're working hard for. We've got a great coach behind us; we've got a great group of guys.
"We've been out here grinding since day one and we're family. I feel so close to these guys and I'd die out there on that field for those guys."