Gary Kubiak Named Todd Davis As Denver's Defensive Player of the Game in Week 1

One of the new starters on Denver's defense received the tip of the cap from his head coach for an impressive Week 1 performance.

When the Denver Broncos let Danny Trevathan walk—the team's leading tackler in two of the last three years—they did so seemingly without batting an eye. After Week 1, we know why.

Todd Davis has stepped in to start at inside linebacker next to Brandon Marshall. Davis, a 2014 college free agent out of Sacramento State, is off to a hot start in 2016. 

Against the vaunted Carolina Panthers offense, Davis was a blur. He played sideline-to-sideline, leading the Broncos in tackles with seven (six solo). Davis was forced into the heavy lifting for a short time, when Marshall was forced to the locker room to undergo concussion testing. Marshall returned, but while he was gone, Davis held down the fort. 

His performance did not escape Gary Kubiak's attention. When asked who the defensive player of the game was from Week 1 was, Kubiak singled out the former undrafted rookie. 

“He was the defensive player of the game," Kubiak said. "Todd is very active, very instinctive and I think Todd is going to grow with B-Marsh in there. Obviously B-Marsh played with Danny all of those snaps, now he and Todd are starting to get a bunch of those snaps. [Linebackers Coach] Reggie [Herring] does a great job with those guys, so I think that the future is bright for Todd.”

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Marshall went out on a limb a few weeks back, complimenting Davis and saying that Denver's inside linebacker duo won't miss a beat because of Trevathan's departure. Davis was forced into spot starting duty as a rookie in 2014. But he was simply keeping the seat warm for another guy. 

Now, he's the starter. Davis' future is bright, if he continues to rip off games like Week 1 and lead the team in tackles. An auspicious start for the former Sacto State standout. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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