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If he’s not the best cornerback in the NFL, Chris Harris Jr. is damn close. It finally seems people outside Broncos Country have started to come around to that fact.
Name: Chris Harris Jr.
Height: 5'10" Weight: 199
Age: 27 Experience: 5
As with any great defensive back, Harris can do it all on the field for Denver’s defense. He’s a leader on the field and in the locker room. He’s carried over what he learned from one of the best, if not the best, to ever play the position in Champ Bailey.
More than that, Harris helps keep the standard for his defense and the Broncos. If you don’t meet that everyday on the field, in the weight room or meetings, you will hear about it.
“There’s a standard here as you step on the field as a Broncos’ defender,” he said. “Playing defense here is kind of like the old days with the Ravens and even the old Chicago Bears when they had that type of standard. That’s our standard here. You come here, that’s championship level defense.”
Harris represents what the Broncos are about. He’s what organizations dream of when they draft someone, or sign them out of college.
He puts in the work, never complains, makes his teammates and team better and is never content. Harris always looks for ways to improve - himself, his fellow defensive backs, the defense and his team.
Of course, when you get looked over by every single team in the NFL Draft, it’s not hard to find motivation. But no matter how a player came into the league, all they have to do is look at Harris to see how one becomes successful.
“I’m just trying to get better and work on my technique,” Lorenzo Doss said. “I’m listening to the older guys like Aqib Talib, Chris Harris, (Bradley) Roby and Kayvon (Webster). Those are they guys who have been in the situation. I’m just trying to grind and get better each day.”
On top of the standard for the defense, there also is one for the secondary. After all, there’s a reason it’s called the No Fly Zone.
“I thought I could have been starting on teams from my rookie year,” Webster said. “I’ve played a lot of football since then and it’s a blessing to be around guys like Talib and Chris Harris. On my rookie year, I had Champ and DRC (Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie), so my whole career has been a lot of learning.”
The only thing one could even mention is the game Harris played last season against Antonio Brown.
It was that game in Pittsburgh where Brown went off and Harris could do nothing to stop him. Brown finished with 16 catches for 189 yards and two touchdowns. It was the worst day of Harris’ career.
To his credit, Harris used that day as a way to grow and learn. Rest assured he will do whatever it takes to ensure that never happens again.
It’s also safe to assume Harris hasn’t forgotten about that day at Heinz Field and wants another shot at Brown. Harris hungers to prove that was just a one-time event.
Aside from that, when you’re one of the best at what you do, you won’t find much that is “bad.”
“I feel like we impose our will on everybody,” Harris said. “Everybody has to deal with us. They deal with our rushers and then they have to come out and deal with our passers. That’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to play smash mouth. We’re going to play aggressive. We’re going to be a great tackle, fundamental team that plays smart.”
He’s a team captain.
Keep an eye out for what Harris does in 2016, and how he makes this season special.
When that happens, it will become even more apparent he’s the best at what he does.