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    It’s a good sign when Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips starts his weekly news conference praising a player without being prompted. Phillips has seen it all. Reporters’ eyes quickly widened when he compared the intensity of inside linebacker Todd Davis to that of former all-pro linebacker Chris Spielman, who played for Phillips with the Buffalo Bills during the 1996 and 1997 seasons.

    Davis has the difficult task of replacing Danny Trevathan, the Broncos’ leading tackler two of the past three seasons. Wednesday, inside linebacker Brandon Marshall heaped praise on the man who is expected to line up beside him. Thursday, Phillips took his turn.

    “He may not seem like it off the field, but he’s a really intense guy,” Phillips said of Davis. “He’s intense every play on the field.”

    Davis, who is entering his third NFL season, received most of his defensive playing time in short- yardage and goal-line situations last season. He has spent most of this offseason working on his coverage and speed to be a three-down player.

    Davis also was the first linebacker off the bench when Trevathan or Marshall was injured. Davis made 21 tackles and recovered a fumble in 16 games, including two starts.

    “It was my dream to be in this position. Now that I’m here, I’m taking full advantage,” he said. “As an undrafted guy, you always have a need to prove yourself.”

    Davis, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, said he tracked the Broncos’ draft and was glad to know they didn’t select a player at his position. His main competition will come from one of his best friends among the Broncos, Corey Nelson, who said he views the competition as “a plus, not a minus.”

    The praise didn’t stop at Davis, though. Rookies typically learning from veterans. Their on-field impact often is minimal as rookies, but safeties Will Parks and Justin Simmons are hoping to change that.

    Parks and Simmons intercepted passes Thursday in organized team activities (OTAs).

    “I’m really impressed with their knowledge. They’ve really picked up the system well,” Phillips said. “They’re part of the 100 percent that never missed one of the tests so far, and we’ve given them 25 tests so far.”

    Parks and Simmons have drawn praise from the veterans in the Denver secondary throughout the offseason. They’re expected to provide immediate depth at safety behind T.J. Ward and Darian Stewart.

    “They are some dogs out there on the field,” Parks said. “They talk a lot, but they go about their business. And that’s kind of what I’m about. Being in that group and that atmosphere, you can’t do anything but get some motivation from it.”

    As rookies, their impact will start with special teams. Denver’s special-teams coach, Joe DeCamillis, has seen some young players he would like to have on his units.

    “Will Parks. He’s done a good job,” DeCamillis said. “He’s really put himself in position for a lot of plays, and he’s got really good energy out there.”

    DeCamillis said first impressions impact how coaches view players, but he will wait until training camp to judge the competition.

    With all the talk about replacing Trevathan, safety David Bruton and defensive lineman Malik Jackson, the Broncos seem confident their in-house replacements will pick up the slack quickly.
    http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/02...stars-of-otas/

    Great news.
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    I'm excited about Davis, no lie. I expect some mistakes early until he gets settled and comfortable but I believe he will shine.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Rastic View Post
      I'm excited about Davis, no lie. I expect some mistakes early until he gets settled and comfortable but I believe he will shine.
      Same here. I hope he does well. I remember seeing brandon marshalls first game snd he had a few mistakes but now hes a key player on this defense. I hope davis can be the same

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      • #4
        “I’m really impressed with their knowledge. They’ve really picked up the system well,” Phillips said. “They’re part of the 100 percent that never missed one of the tests so far, and we’ve given them 25 tests so far.”
        That stood out to me. Shows how thorough this coaching staff is.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Houshmazode View Post
          That stood out to me. Shows how thorough this coaching staff is.
          Preparing the defense for a game is more time consuming than for offense. I like seeing the gray hair on those defensive coaches (well, if Kollar had hair ), because collectively they have just about seen it all at this point.
          "Stultum est timere quod vitare non potes." ~ Publilius Syrus

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          • #6
            Think we have enough in house to replace Bruton (Keo, Simmons, Parks), and Jackson or JJ Watt the way the media talks him up (Walker, Gotsis and Crick)

            Worried about replacing DannyT, but Davis and Nelson look like they're ready, we'll see.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Houshmazode View Post
              That stood out to me. Shows how thorough this coaching staff is.
              The LB coaches have done a great good the past few years. They have been the most impressive to me out of the coaching staff, Wade excluded.

              I'm hoping for good things from Parks.
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              • #8
                Davis being compared to Spielman is huge too me.
                Chrid wasn't just any player....
                With Davis being undrafted. I'm really, really pulling for him.

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                • #9
                  The thing that excites me most is the bench strength being developed. Most of the next-man-ups are quality starters in the NFL or seem to be. The Broncos have organic growth figured out on the defensive side.
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                  • #10
                    Parks is apparently very versatile...
                    and can play several positions...
                    valuable guy... good pick.
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