Did anyone expect Danny Trevathan to be practicing so soon after surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon that he suffered in November? This injury has ended careers in the past, and even though some have come all the way back from it, having done so in less than a year was a surprise.
He was held out of the first preseason game, and the Bears have been cautious with him all off season, but at times he’s been running around with his defense as the Bears are going 11 on 11 in full pads. I expected him to start camp on the PUP list, but that never happened. I would imagine they expect him to be ready at or near week one.
“I feel like I’m right where I need to be, even a little bit more,” Trevathan said when camp opened via the Sun Times. “The plan is to keep easing me into things and keep trying to push toward greatness.”
When asked if he had any limitations he said, “There’s nothing I can’t do right now. It’s just about being smart and getting to the regular season.”
The goal is week one, so we may not see him between the lines until then.
Experience: Sixth season
Weight: 239 pounds
Contract and salary cap
Last off season, the Bears signed him to a 4 year, $24,500,000 deal, with $12,000,000 guaranteed.
Reason for improvement in 2017
If he can make it all the way back from the injury, just being more comfortable in Vic Fangio’s defense will be a plus for Trevathan. From the Sun Times, “I didn’t do as well as I thought I would last year. [We had a] new scheme. I can make a lot of excuses, but that’s not the type of person I am. I’m here to make this team better. They brought me here to help win some championships.”
Reason for regression in 2017
Back to the health thing. Players rarely are the same after suffering that particular injury. If he can’t make it back to 100%, or if he has a setback, we not see the player that racked up over a hundred tackles in 2015 for the Broncos.
Final roster odds
The only way he’s not on the opening day 53 man roster is if he ends up on injured reserve.