Todd Davis emerges as Broncos defensive leader after unlikely NFL rise – Denver Broncos News

Todd Davis emerges as Broncos defensive leader after unlikely NFL rise – Denver Broncos News

A little more than three years ago, Todd Davis was another face in the pool of NFL unwanteds, praying, hoping his dream of making it big was still alive. No one drafted him out of Sacramento State. No team called immediately after. No offer was made until June 23, 2014, when the New Orleans Saints signed him to their practice squad — only to waive him four times before he headed to Denver.

Since that fateful move in November 2014, Davis has defied the NFL odds, making the unlikely leap from cast-off to injury fill-in to starter, becoming a major player on a Broncos defense cluttered with major players.

“He’s unbelievable,” defensive coordinator Joe Woods said Sunday after the Broncos’ first practice in full pads at training camp. “He’s the type of guy you want to coach on defense. He’s playing 100 miles an hour on every snap, even in walkthroughs. You have to tell him, ‘Hey, slow down, it’s a walkthrough.’ But that’s his mind-set. He’s hungry. He’s out there to prove a point, that he can play at a high level in this league, and he’s doing a great job so far in this camp.”

Ask his coaches, ask his teammates, and Davis made another leap in 2017 but has failed to let go of the past. It rests firmly on his shoulders and was his fuel during the offseason and his motivation so far in camp as he and Brandon Marshall prepare for another year together at inside linebacker.

Davis remembers that feeling on the couch. And he remembers the critics last year, despite leading the Broncos with 97 tackles and leading all linebackers in defensive stop-to-missed tackle ratio (20.5- to-1), according to Pro…

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