One player in the Broncos secondary came up with two critical pass breakups in overtime Sunday to help prevent the Miami offense from moving down the field for a game-winning score.
It wasn’t 10-time Pro-Bowler Champ Bailey or eight-time Pro-Bowler Brian Dawkins.
It was undrafted rookie Chris Harris.
Harris has seen little time in the secondary this season as he’s primarily been a special teams standout. But he was a big part of the Broncos’ overtime success.
On the first play from scrimmage in the extra period, he nearly intercepted a pass intended for Miami receiver Brandon Marshall, setting the Dolphins up for second-and-10. On the next series, he made a diving breakup on a deep pass down the middle, keeping Miami at its own 15-yard line.
“I’ve always had confidence since I’ve been here, so I’ve just been like, ‘Man, throw me in already. Just throw me in,’” Harris said Monday.
Harris smiled as he said he prepares by aiming to outwork Dawkins, who’s considered one of the hardest working individuals on the team, even at age 38.
“Coaches have been seeing me make plays in practice, and every day I go to practice I have to outwork ‘Dawk.’ So when I’m outworking Dawk, I know I’m working hard,” Harris said. “That’s just the approach I took every day in practice, and making plays in practice so they show up on the field.”
Head Coach John Fox was pleased with Harris’ performance.
“We’ve got some guys that we’re finding out about,” Fox said Monday. “We threw Chris Harris in there. He had two critical pass breakups late.”