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.
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.
The eight tackles tied for the team lead with Justin Simmons, who Davis also trails for the team high in tackles through Week 7. Davis has played two fewer games due to a calf injury and has 37 tackles (27 solo) in five contests.
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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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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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Suiting up Week 3
LBDenver Broncos
September 22, 2019
Davis (calf) is active for Sunday's Week 3 tilt against the Packers.
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Expects to make debut
LBDenver Broncos
September 20, 2019
Davis (calf) has officially been listed as questionable, but expects to make his season debut Sunday against the Packers, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official website reports.
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Full speed ahead
LBDenver Broncos
September 18, 2019
Davis (calf) will be a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Sitting out Sunday
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September 15, 2019
Davis (calf) is inactive for Sunday's game versus the Bears, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
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