Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. spoke to the media today prior to the start of Training Camp and had some interesting things to say. The noteworthy point he made was that he would shadow the offenses top receiver this year, something he hasn’t done since Aqib Talib joined the roster.
Chris Harris Jr. on the No Fly Zone: "as soon as I didn't get none of my accolades and we didn't make the playoffs, it was personal...Every year I've tried to improve...I'll be covering the top receivers every week...with Talib, we didn't follow...this year I'll be on the top guy— Orange & Blue 760 (@OrangeBlue760) July 27, 2018
This is a big shift in philosophy in the past few years where Talib and Harris played their own sides and sometimes Harris shifted to the slot. It is unclear if Harris will shift inside at all this season, but he made it clear that he will be covering the offenses top receiver going forward.
Looking at the schedule, Harris will be covering Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin week one, Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper week two, and Sammy Watkins/Tyreek Hill come week four. So it won’t be an easy start for Harris, but he is one of the best corners in the league and he will prove that once again in 2018 after having a down year by his standards last season.
I also think this will help cornerback Bradley Roby some as he is making the transition from the third corner to the second corner. He won’t be going from covering the third receiving option to the top guy on occasion. Either way, this is an interesting shift in philosophy and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.