Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris seems to be all over the field these days. When tackles are missed, Harris is there. When a pass is destined for a receiver’s hands, Harris seems to bat it away emphatically just in time.
Harris had seven tackles (one for a loss) and a pass defensed in the Broncos’ loss against the Indianapolis Colts. He had a game-high 11 tackles against the Jacksonville Jaguars the week before.
Harris is doing a great job of filling in for Champ Bailey, who has only played one full game all season. Harris left Sunday night’s game with another left foot injury. An MRI Monday showed no further damage. Still, Bailey isn’t likely to return before the bye week.
“I don’t really know how long Champ’s going to be out or anything,” Harris said. “I’m ready to step up. I’ll be able to fill the void.”
Harris is already filling the void, yet the Broncos’ pass defense is ranked last in the NFL giving up 319.9 yards per game.
“That’s something where communication-wise we can adjust and fix within our scheme on the defense,” Harris said of busted coverages.
Despite the fact that the Broncos gave up 39 points, both Harris and John Fox said that the defense is in fact improving.
“I thought our defense actually played pretty well,” Fox said. “We were much improved on third down. I think we made some key errors early in the game. Our red area we had two breakdowns and let them have scores, one right before the half. I thought that was a pretty damaging blow. For 30 minutes, I thought we looked like we had the makings of championship defense.”