Mark July 27, 2011 on your calendar. It was the day the Denver Broncos signed un-drafted Kansas defensive back Chris Harris. Last year, the Broncos got a glimpse of what the talented young cornerback could do but in 2012 he has been even more impressive. Sunday against the Ravens, Harris made All-Pro Joe Flacco pay the price for passing his way. Just before half he jumped in front of a goal line pass and took it 98 yards the opposite direction for a Broncos touchdown.
This was the third interception for Harris this season and twice he has taken it for a touchdown. Despite looking impressive last season the Broncos opted to sign New Orleans Saints cornerback Tracy Porter for 4 million (1 million bonus and 3 million in salary) to start opposite Champ Bailey but after an injury and some medical issues Chris Harris had his opportunity to start and has made the most of it. While Harris continues to play lights out, Tracy Porter has consistently been listed as inactive and has become an after thought to most Broncos fans.
Meanwhile back at the ranch, Chris Harris continues to play better and better each week. This despite making a skimpy $465k this season and receiving only a $3,000 signing bonus when he joined the Broncos a year ago. Harris has been an important part of this dominate Jack Del Rio defense which currently ranks 4th in the NFL. The Broncos defense, behind the heroics of Harris, continued their surge in the AFC. They kept Raven's superstar Ray Rice to 38 yards rushing, had three sacks ,and basically had Ed Reed throwing his helmet on the sideline most of the second half.
Kudos to the Broncos staff for picking out this amazing diamond in the rough. He is playing at an All-Pro level. See you in the playoffs
Brianne, Bronco Planet Blogger