Slot corner, boundary corner, press corner, off corner, zone corner, man corner, Chris Harris does it all at a high level. So when he starts naming off his toughest matchups to cover, you know they’re good.
Harris recently penned a piece for the Player’s Tribune naming the toughest guys to cover in the league right now, that he’s faced.
The entire read is excellent, I highly recommend it for any Bronco or football fan.
One of the things that was really interesting to me was at the beginning of the article before jumping into the list, Harris broke down his interception from the Panthers game, that I just so happened to break down in my tape review as well.
I mentioned back when I broke the play down, “The fact that Harris is able to read it and make a play from 5 yards back at the snap is why he is one of the best corners out there.”
Well it turns out, he didn’t read it from 5 yards back. He read it from 5 days back.
In the NFL, anticipation is everything. It’s very, very hard to make an interception if you are just reacting to what you see after the snap. It’s already too late at that point. NFL receivers are too fast, too physical.
If you want to get a jump on a route, you have to start making the interception on Monday. My first pick this season, against the Panthers, was straight film. Based on their formation, and their personnel, and the down and distance, I had in mind a few plays they might run as soon as they broke the huddle. But then I saw Cam flip the running back from the right side to the left side, and I knew exactly what was coming.
And that’s why he’s one of the best corners out there.
Here’s the guys he listed as the hardest to cover:
- Rob Gronkowski
- Antonio Brown
- T.Y. Hilton
- DeAndre Hopkins
- A.J. Green
Check out his article to see what he says about each of his top 5.