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Can Denver Broncos boast best linebacking corps in NFL?

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June 17, 2015

 

Could the Denver Broncos possess the best linebacking corps in the National Football League?

Danny Trevathan is confident in he and fellow inside backer Brandon Marshall’s abilities to play alongside one another, and with DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller attacking outside, Denver’s defense possesses a fearsome foursome of linebackers.

“It’s an exciting thing,” Trevathan said of playing with Marshall on the inside. “With two capable players and we’re two of the best linebackers in the league. It’s time for people to start noticing that.

“We came in with kind of a chip on our shoulders. Us lining up next to each other is just extra motivation. I look into his eyes and he looks into my eyes and we both know that we both have the ability to play and be the best out there. It’s time for us to make a name for ourselves.”

Both Trevathan – kneecap replacement – and Marshall, who had two screws implanted into his foot following Lisfranc surgery March 11, are working their ways back from major injuries. But, both hope to be back in time for training camp at Dove Valley.

“We want to be the best—the best fielding linebackers, the best-looking linebackers (laughing)—everything,” Trevathan continued.

In 2013, Trevathan both led the Broncos in total tackles (124) and was tied for the lead in interceptions (3) as well. He showed his versatility as a backer who can cover tight ends or put pressure on the quarterback and he has a knack for big plays. His interception in Week 1 of 2013 went 29 yards until he fumbled the ball just before the goal line. Trevathan also picked off Tony Romo to finish Denver’s thrilling 51-48 victory over Dallas that season.

In 2014, while Trevathan battled three different knee injuries, Marshall filled in well to lead Denver with 113 tackles. Marshall showed off his coverage skills, racking up nine passes defended as well as an interception with two sacks.

Together, they could be a dynamic duo on the inside of Denver’s defense. Only time will tell quickly they can recover and how well they’ll meld in the middle.

But one thing’s for sure, they’re not short on confidence.

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