Oct 19, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris (25) tackles San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Steve Johnson (13) in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Many are quick to claim that the Richard Sherman is the best so-called cornerback in the National Football League — I beg to differ. That title belongs to none other than Denver Broncos corner Chris Harris Jr. Harris tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) against the San Diego Chargers back in January — during the Divisional Round Playoffs. After undergoing rigorous rehab to get back onto the field, Harris has been the best at his position.
Mile High Report, a Denver Broncos blog affiliated with SB Nation, noted that Harris has only given up a total of 21 yards since the bye week — That’s unheard of. Harris was one of the main reasons San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick struggled last night. He allowed just one catch for five yards, collecting a tackle for a loss as well as two pass deflections.
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On the season, Harris has recorded 10 pass deflections in six games while recording one interception. At the 11:41 mark in the third quarter against San Francisco Sunday night, Harris perfectly read a screen-play and blasted wide receiver Anquan Boldin while avoiding the block from Vernon Davis. Pro Football Focus gave Harris a rating of +2.1 which is pretty darn good.
Another example of just how good Chris Harris Jr. has been dates back to week five against the Arizona Cardinals. Pro Football Focus gave Harris a whopping rating of +4.1 — incredible. Seven passes were thrown his way that game with none of them being completed. Harris tweeted this following the game:
NBC’s commentator Chris Collinsworth made a snark remark towards Chris Harris and his play. On last night’s telecast, he basically said Harris is not the most physically gifted player but his competitive nature and heart make up for it. From what I’ve seen watching Harris this year, play speaks for himself and he’s well on his way to earning his first Pro Bowl selection.
It’s time for Chris Harris Jr. to start getting the recognition he deserves. He is the best cornerback in the league and the numbers do not lie.