Alexander Johnson getting his chance with Todd Davis out

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Todd Davis‘ calf injury is expected to keep him out three to four weeks.

“He’s going to be out for a couple of weeks, and then we’ll see from there,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said after Friday, via Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post.

Until Davis (pictured) returns, other inside linebackers will get a chance for more reps. Davis played 78.2 percent of the defensive snaps last season. Joe Jones and Keishawn Bierria got only a handful of defensive snaps each last season.

Alexander Johnson, who played no defensive snaps for the Broncos last season, got the first crack with the first-team defense Friday. Justin Hollins also saw more work opposite Josey Jewell, the other starter at inside linebacker.

Fangio said the Broncos will “even off the work” to give others a chance with the first unit alongside Jewell this weekend.

“The coaches know I’m a physical, fast guy,” Johnson said, via O’Halloran. “I’m pretty sure they want to see me be able to get out there, line guys up, play fast and do my assignments. That’s the biggest thing. If I [know] the playbook like the back of my hand, I’ll be able to fly around.”

2 responses to “Alexander Johnson getting his chance with Todd Davis out

  1. This, other than DT, is the biggest area of weakness on the roster for Denver, even with Davis healthy. Elway, for all of his successful moves since becoming GM, still has several marks on his record. The biggest one to me is, a few years after going out of his way to reinvent the Broncos as a hard nosed defensive team, he failed to replace Danny Trevathan (and Wesley Woodyard) as capable inside linebackers. Marshall could cover, but he was not the player that either Trevathan or Woodyard were in those years.

  2. This, other than DT, is the biggest area of weakness on the roster for Denver, even with Davis healthy. Elway, for all of his successful moves since becoming GM, still has several marks on his record. The biggest one to me is, a few years after going out of his way to reinvent the Broncos as a hard nosed defensive team, he failed to replace Danny Trevathan (and Wesley Woodyard) as capable inside linebackers. Marshall could cover, but he was not the player that either Trevathan or Woodyard were in those years.

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