Usually, when you don’t hear Chris Harris Jr.‘s name much during a game, it’s a good indication that he’s doing exactly what the Denver Broncos pay him to do.
As one of the premier “shutdown” cornerbacks in the NFL, Harris is supposed to blanket opposing wide receivers to the point where opposing quarterbacks don’t want to throw to them. That means Harris shouldn’t give up a lot of catches, which means he shouldn’t get making a lot of tackles and ideally shouldn’t even be getting a lot of interceptions.
But Harris was unusually active around the football during Super Bowl 50. His five tackles against the Carolina Panthers that day tied for his second-highest output of the season, and he added a sack. Which was apparently good enough for the Broncos, who won the game 24-10 and secured the championship with an overall defensive performance for the ages.
Harris totaled 58 tackles, two interceptions and six pass breakups in 2015, and for that he’s been voted the 52nd best player on the NFL Network’s top 100 list for 2016.
Harris is a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro. He lines up across the field from Denver teammate Aqib Talib, also a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro at cornerback. But Harris’ excellent cover skills and timing when playing the ball put him just enough above Talib to where Harris is most often charged with sticking the other team’s top receiver.
You can watch the NFL Network segment on Harris HERE, and check out a highlight reel below: