Evaluating the Denver Broncos: Defensive Backs
Corner Backs (3)
Aqib Talib had a stellar season, recording two interceptions returned for touchdowns and three in total. He was the definition of a shutdown corner back. Although he has found himself to get in a bit of trouble.
In the Week 8 matchup against the Colts, he poked the eye of Dwayne Allen and was suspended for one game. His taunting and unnecessary roughness calls in the Super Bowl led to the Carolina Panthers’ only touchdown in the game.
If Talib can keep himself out of trouble on and off the field, he is a spectacular player who can make a big play at any time.
Chris Harris Jr.
For years, it appeared as if Chris Harris Jr. was one of the most underrated players on the Denver Broncos roster. For over two years, he never allowed a wide receiver to score a touchdown on him. That changed in Week 15 when Antonio Brown scored two touchdowns on him. However, it was a remarkable feat.
Harris Jr. has a knack for the football and is also another corner back that can make the big play at any given moment. See for example the Baltimore Ravens game in 2012 and the Oakland Raiders game last season. Opposing quarterbacks were throwing touchdowns to Harris Jr. instead of their own receivers.
If he can continue on, I have no doubt that Chris Harris Jr. will be one of the best Denver Broncos players to put on the orange and blue. Look for him to have another solid season.
I believe that Bradley Roby has done enough for the Denver Broncos in his short time to be considered on this slide of the article. He is the team’s nickel corner back. But the fact that the Broncos have three corner backs that have this type of skill set, it is quite remarkable.
A first round draft pick in 2014, Bradley Roby has made plays time in and time out since he arrived. His big fumble return for a touchdown against the Chiefs in Week 2 was amazing. He also helped seal the deal in the AFC Championship Game when he intercepted Tom Brady on the two point conversion.
These three corner backs are going places in this defense. If there was one position that I am confident in when healthy, it is this unit right here.