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The memories came rushing back as Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan set foot on the practice field where he spent the first part of his career.

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A momentary stroll down memory lane of his time with the Broncos: Like when the young player intercepted a pass from Peyton Manning and infuriated the retired QB."He's like Youth Roquan Smith Jersey , 'Who is this guy? Who is No. 59? Get him off the field,'" Trevathan recalled after the Bears practiced against the Broncos on Wednesday ahead of their preseason game this weekend. "Great memories. ... Getting on Peyton's nerves, getting on coaches' nerves ... little stuff like that. Guys working hard to get to a common goal."Trevathan was the leading tackler when the Broncos beat Carolina in Super Bowl 50. The bond remains strong, even if he left for the Bears in 2016."I remember working hard with a group of guys that decided enough was enough," Trevathan said of his time with the Broncos.And that sort of attitude now permeates the Bears, Trevathan said. The team hasn't been to the postseason since 2010."Guys saying, 'Enough is enough,'" Trevathan said. "Now, we have to go finish it off."Trevathan and his defensive teammates spent the day chasing Case Keenum and the rest of the Broncos offense. He had a new understudy with him in rookie linebacker Roquan Smith , who just signed his deal to end his holdout.The early results are in: Trevathan likes what he sees in the No. 8 overall pick out of Georgia. Smith did have a little equipment malfunction early on — his shoulder pads didn't fit quite right — but held his own."He looked good first day. A lot of stuff to learn with this defense," Trevathan said. "Linebacker is a tough position in this defense. You have to know a lot. You have to be instinctive and communicate well. It's just catching up. A little more catching up. Fine-tune, which is no problem. We have great vets like myself and coaches. We're going to get him together."There was a time not so long ago when Trevathan's head was swimming in formations http://www.authenticschicagobears.com/cheap-pat-o_donnell-jersey , too. A 2012 sixth-round pick out of Kentucky, Trevathan learned under the likes of Von Miller and later DeMarcus Ware. Those ties still run deep."He'll be my brother forever," Miller said. "It was great to see Danny, 'Tray,' great to be on the field with him again. He was a beast here. He's still a beast there."Trevathan appreciated his time in the Mile High City and being part of a Broncos draft class that also included defensive linemen Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson."My draft class, we made a statement," Trevathan said. "We took it upon ourselves that we weren't going to lose no close games. We were going to come in with the attitude: It was a new beginning for us. Our draft class did that. Along with some older guys. It was just our attitude. We believed in one another. We pushed each other."One Super Bowl title is nice. Another would be even nicer."It's addictive," Trevathan said. "You want that championship. You want to go through it again, to do it differently, to do it with a different team, to do it different than you did before."Last season, Trevathan led the Bears with 89 tackles and had two sacks. But what he's probably best remembered for was a helmet-to-helmet hit on Packers receiver Davante Adams last September Youth Eddie Jackson Jersey , a hit in which Adams' mouthpiece flew out of his mouth. Trevathan was flagged for unnecessary roughness and later suspended by the league for a game.So far this summer, Trevathan likes the way the Bears defense is coming together. He sees a similar hunger that he saw during his tenure in Denver."I feel like we're going in the right direction," Trevathan said. "As long as they keep up with the pace and listen to the older guys, we'll be all right."NOTES: Smith said it's "up to the coaches" if he plays in the preseason game against Denver on Saturday. ... The sticking point in Smith's deal was reportedly the agent's insistence on protection for Smith regarding guaranteed money. "I feel like everybody won in the end, right?" Trevathan said. "We got our guy. He got his contract. It's all about everybody being happy and coming out here and playing football."Projecting the 2018 NFL season NFC EastJames Lang-USA TODAY Sports*Philadelphia Eagles (11-5)Dallas Cowboys (8-8)New York Giants (8-8)Washington Redskins (7-9)Going into this projection, I wasn’t overly high on the NFC East. All but one team is projected to finish .500 or better. Until I see what the Cowboys offense looks like, it’s hard for me to buy into them. The Giants offense could be fun, even with an aging Eli Manning.NFC NorthRon Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports*Minnesota Vikings (13-3)*Chicago Bears (10-6)Green Bay Packers (10-6)Detroit Lions (7-9)This is going to be the best division in football in 2018. Maybe I’m drinking the Kool-Aid following the Khalil Mack addition, but the Bears are playoff bound for the first time since 2010. Make no mistake, the Vikings are the best squad here, but it’s going to be more competitive from top-to-bottom in comparison to last year.NFC SouthEric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports*Atlanta Falcons (12-4)*New Orleans (10-6)Carolina Panthers (7-9)Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)Maybe I’m higher on the Falcons that most but their offense should be deadly, assuming the play calling is better. The Panthers’ offensive line issues worry me and the Bucs appears to be looking at an 0-4 start. What was the strongest division in football takes a step back.NFC WestKirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports*Los Angeles Rams (12-4)San Francisco 49ers (8-8)Arizona Cardinals (6-10)Seattle Seahawks (4-12)The Rams might have the most complete team in the NFL http://www.authenticschicagobears.com/cheap-bobby-massie-jersey , but we’ve seen what too many superstars on the same roster can do. The 49ers could end up finishing better, but losing Jerick McKinnon is a big blow. The Cardinals and Seahawks are both bound to take a step back, especially the latter.AFC EastJeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports*New England Patriots (12-4)New York Jets (6-10)Miami Dolphins (5-11)Buffalo Bills (2-14)It appears the Patriots’ dominant run is close to being over, but in such a weak division it’s going to have to wait another year. The Jets are going to be better than their record projects and they have a bright future. The Bills appear to be the worst team in football after making the playoffs the previous year, and I’m not sure it’s close.AFC NorthPhilip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports*Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)Baltimore Ravens (7-9)Cleveland Browns (7-9)Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)The Steelers are loaded on offense and could dominate the AFC this season. The Ravens will continue to float around .500, and the Browns could surprise. There’s a lot of young talent on that Cleveland roster. I feel like I’m too low on the Bengals, but keeping Marvin Lewis was a terrible decision.AFC SouthTroy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports*Houston Texans (10-6)*Jacksonville Jaguars (10-6)Indianapolis Colts (7-9)Tennessee Titans (5-11)The battle at the top is going to go into the final weeks of the season, as I like both the Jaguars and Texans. The Colts have a bad roster, but if Andrew Luck is healthy, it’s easy to see them accidentally winning six to seven games based on him alone. Not sure why, but I’m not buying what the Titans are selling.AFC WestThomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports*Los Angeles Chargers (11-5)*Kansas City Chiefs (10-6)Denver Broncos (7-9)Oakland Raiders (4-12)The battle between the Chargers and Chiefs will be a fun one. I’m not completely sold that Patrick Mahomes will be playoff ready in his first year starting, but I like them long-term. The Chargers will finally figure it out. They have too much talent not to. 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