The Denver Broncos went out last off-season and decided they were going to boost their secondary to give cornerback Champ Bailey some help. The Broncos were one of the weaker pass defenses in the NFL last season and they knew that needed to change immediately, so Denver added veteran safety Mike Adams and cornerback Tracy Porter, who played his first four seasons in the league with the New Orleans Saints.
Porter started the season opposite Bailey in the Broncos’ secondary and was playing pretty solid until he started having symptoms similar to a seizure he had back in the summer.Porter and team doctors continue to look for the right medication to treat these symptoms while he has missed nine games and it appears he will miss even more.
There’s no doubt Porter brings a lot to the Broncos’ defense and they could improve with his return, but lately he has been forgotten because of a 23-year-old cornerback named Chris Harris.
While filling in for Porter, Harris has held is own opposite of Bailey and has eased the pain that hit the Broncos when Porter had to miss several games by recording 51 tackles, 2.5 sacks and three interceptions. One of those interceptions was returned 98 yards for a touchdown against the Baltimore Ravens that pretty much sealed the win for Denver.
Opposing teams throw Harris’ way early and often because they shy away from Bailey but the youngster hasn’t let them pick on him. He’s quick with receivers off the line and plays with a lot of energy, which is a big reason why he has defended 11 passes on the season in just 10 starts.
Harris has made it easy to forget about Porter, but I bet the Broncos are ready to have all their weapons on the field at the same time and hopefully it will all come together before the playoffs start.
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