Bears see LB Danny Trevathan playing 'lights out'

The 30-year-old Trevathan has elevated his play after struggling early in the season.

(670 The Score) Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan was left one-on-one with Titans receiver Corey Davis late in their game Sunday. It seemed to be a mismatch.

Instead, Trevathan sprinted 45 yards downfield with Davis and broke up the deep ball, which otherwise would've gone for a sure touchdown. The 30-year-old Trevathan made a statement on the play, proving he can still cover any part of the field.

"Danny's finish on that play was special," inside linebackers coach Mark DeLeone said Monday.

Early in this season, there was doubt about whether Trevathan could still make a play like that and whether he was a fit in this Bears defense anymore. Trevathan played one of his worst games in a Bears uniform in a season-opening victory against the Lions on Sept. 13. One week later, Trevathan played in just 31 of the Bears' defensive 65 snaps in a win against the Giants.

Trevathan's struggles were concerning for the Bears, who signed him to a three-year, $21.75-million deal in the offseason. They passed on the opportunity to retain fellow linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, 27, and brought back Trevathan on a contract that included three voided years after 2022. Chicago was committed to Trevathan, whom it couldn't cut without a great penalty under this contract.

Trevathan wasn't dealing with an injury as his performance lagged early on. He just didn't seem to be playing like himself. But something has clicked since then.

Trevathan has played in no fewer than 74% of the Bears' defensive snaps since, and he's once again a prominent part of the team's defense. He has posted 38 tackles over the Bears' last five games and has shown athleticism in coverage.

The Bears see that Trevathan isn't slowing down, and DeLeone believes he's getting better with each game this season.

"He’s playing lights out," DeLeone said. "And I’m really, really proud of him the way he has taken ownership in this defense. The way he’s playing right now is inspiring."

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