Todd Davis
Todd Davis
27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Denver Broncos
2019 Fantasy Outlook
He isn't exactly Roquan Smith, but new coach Vic Fangio likely will turn Davis into his new standout at inside linebacker all the same. Davis' 2018 production was already strong, as his 114 tackles occurred on a modest 842 snaps, which would project to roughly 135 on a 1,000-snap workload. New blitzing opportunities should open up for Davis with Fangio's arrival, furthermore, as Bears starters Smith and Danny Trevathan combined for seven sacks last year. Even if he doesn't round out his box score with playmaking stats, Davis' tackle production is safe. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Broncos in March of 2018.
Totals 10 tackles
LBDenver Broncos
November 4, 2019
Davis had 10 tackles (four solo) in Sunday's win over the Browns.
Davis missed the first two games of the season and got off to a slow start in Week 3 with three tackles, but he's since been a solid IDP contributor. The 27-year-old has 50 tackles (36 solo) in the last six games as Denver enters its bye week.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Davis has racked up 179 total tackles in his two seasons as a starter and was rewarded with a new three-year deal that GM John Elway attributed as much to the linebacker's leadership as his play on the field. Davis can be forgiven for looking over his shoulder, however, after Elway promptly drafted two inside linebackers in the 2018 draft. Davis has been at his best when coming downhill to stuff the run but has struggled in coverage in Denver's man-heavy scheme. In comes fourth-rounder Josey Jewell who, despite being an average athlete, was one of the NCAA's most effective coverage linebackers. Davis, whose contract includes just a $2 million cap hit if cut in 2019, might not stick around much longer if he isn't able to round out his game.
Another offseason, another post-draft debate in Denver as to why the team has not invested a high pick on an inside linebacker. Brandon Marshall (fifth rounder in 2012 for Jacksonville) and Corey Nelson (seventh rounder in 2014 for Denver) are the only inside linebackers on Denver's roster who were drafted. It was Davis, who was an undrafted free agent out of Sacramento State originally signed by New Orleans in 2014, that led the team with 97 total tackles in his first full season as a starter in 2016. Davis has seldom had a problem as a thumper against the run, but the liability he causes in coverage has led for him to be subbed out by Nelson or even safety T.J. Ward on passing downs. Davis, who led the team's inside backers with 697 snaps in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus, saw 55 percent of his snaps against the run, 40 percent in coverage, and five percent as a rusher in 2016. By comparison, fellow starter Brandon Marshall was on the field for 596 snaps -- 45 percent against the run, 49 percent in coverage, and six percent as a rusher -- and Nelson was on the field for 543 snaps -- 42 percent against the run, 48 percent in coverage, and 10 percent as a rusher. With the coaching staff clearly making a conscious effort to get him off the field in passing situations, Davis is unlikely to pick up the interception and sack numbers to differentiate himself from other linebackers in the league.
Davis is in line to replace the departed Danny Trevathan as the Broncos' starting inside linebacker opposite Brandon Marshall. Despite being an undrafted rookie out of Sacramento State in 2014, this is not uncharted territory for Davis who has started two games in each of his two seasons in the league. He tallied 18 tackles and two passes defended in those contests.
A long shot to make the roster, Davis will act as a depth linebacker if he can avoid being cut.
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Logs full practice Friday
LBDenver Broncos
November 1, 2019
Davis (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Browns.
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Spotted with limp
LBDenver Broncos
October 27, 2019
Davis (knee) limped into the locker room with a sleeve on his left knee and didn't return to Sunday's loss against the Colts, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Probable to return
LBDenver Broncos
October 27, 2019
Davis suffered a knee injury and is probable to return to Sunday's game against the Colts, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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Tallies eight tackles
LBDenver Broncos
October 18, 2019
Davis had eight tackles (six solo) and one tackle for a loss in Thursday's loss to the Chiefs.
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Leads game in tackles Sunday
LBDenver Broncos
September 30, 2019
Davis recorded a game-high 12 total tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's 26-24 loss to Jacksonville.
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