Though an ankle injury prevented linebacker Wesley Woodyard from travelling to Oakland, it didn’t stop him from supporting his teammates, particularly rookie linebacker Danny Trevathan.
With the Broncos in Oakland while he remained in Denver, Woodyard texted his support to Trevathan, whose role at weakside linebacker increased. Woodyard’s encouragement was not lost on Trevathan, who played 34 snaps at linebacker.
“I just remember seeing some stuff to motivate me, because he wasn’t able to play,” Trevathan said. “It kind of gave me a little boost during the game. I’m sure he knows that.”
“I just tried to go out there and perform my best and try to play like he would, or even try to do a little bit better,” Trevathan added. “The standards are set high here, and I think with him going out there playing like that, it’s only going to make us want to play better.”
Trevathan turned in a solid effort in his most extensive action of the season, recording four tackles as the Broncos held the Raiders to just 13 points. Trevathan’s performance followed a simple but helpful message he received from Woodyard prior to kickoff.
“He just told me, ‘It’s time to shine, while you’re out there, go get yours,’” Trevathan said. “Go out there, go 110 percent. Know what you’re doing and be sure, just play fast and physical.”
Looking back on his performance, Trevathan said he was pleased with his play. But at the same time, he has already seen room for improvement.
“I think it went pretty smooth,” Trevathan said. “Some errors, I kind of picked up after the game, but I wish I would have known a little bit during the game. But I’m learning, and I’m going.”
While Trevathan noticed mistakes he plans to correct going forward, his play earned the praise of Woodyard, who wasted no time attempting to let his fellow Kentucky Wildcat know that he approved of his effort.
“He did some really nice things out there,” Woodyard said. “He came up and was beasting. I texted him during the game. I sent about six text messages to him during the game—obviously he couldn’t check them but after the game he let me know that he received them. It was good just seeing him go out there, fly around and make plays. That’s what he did in college.”