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Broncos' Chris Harris Jr. no longer underrated

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Denver's Chris Harris is not underrated where it matters.

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Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is not underrated.

The definition of "underrated" is "to rate or evaluate too low; [to] underestimate." But the people that matter are no longer underestimating Harris.

Denver's front office rewarded him with a five-year, $42.5 million deal in December. His peers and coaches voted him into his first Pro Bowl last season.

The NFL's coaches and players no longer underestimate Harris — he's recognized as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL. Some uneducated fans underrate Harris, and others don't even know who he is. But he's not underrated in the circles that matter.

With that said, I understand where NFL.com's Elliot Harrison is coming from — Harris is underrated among the NFL's average fans.

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