ENGLEWOOD, Colorado. Grow That Chip…
Undrafted All Pro Chris Harris Jr. had a lot to say at his first presser since the start of OTA’s. Chris was asked about the Quarterbacks which is “the” question every reporter asks Broncos player…eye roll…I want to know who Chris likes from the rookie class? Which newbie could be a part of the No Fly Zone? Dante Barnett, an undrafted safety has Chris Harris’ attention. He is Chris’ sleeper and who plays the position with finesse.
“I think they’re coming along well. I’m liking the undrafted guys we picked up. I feel like they’re coming in and playing pretty well. Langley is looking good. He’s very physical and has technique. He just continues to learn the system. Doss is just a ball hog. Doss is always around the ball. He may get beat but he might still come out with a pick. It’s a win-lose with Doss. I like Dante Barnett. I think he is an undrafted safety that caught my attention. He is very smooth. He is getting around to the ball. He’s learning the defense pretty fast. He would be my undrafted sleeper.”
Chris being a leader on and off the field was given an award recently for Denver Athletic Club’s Athlete of the Year. Surprised from the accolade, Chris appreciates the acknowledgement and participates in the community when possible because he enjoys giving back.
“It means a lot. It was something that I didn’t even expect to get. I was just out here playing ball, just trying to do what I can in the community with everything out here and be a leader, when bam, I get a phone call that I won this award. I’m just thankful. There are a lot of prestigious names that have won it in the past, and I’m just thankful to be able to have my name called.”
Accolades, like the aforementioned award, is a nicety, but what grows that chip are the ones that doubt Chris. NFL’s top 100 had CHJ at number 63! When I saw this a couple weeks back, twitter was beside itself. Chris Harris Jr. is a Pro Bowler, Super Bowl Champion and First-Team All-Pro, so 63 seems right? Not. If you see the players listed below him, it’s an absolute joke. Chris laughed at it with a good attitude and stated he needs this to fuel his fire.
“It’s just motivation. It just adds more fuel to the fire. I might be the first First-Team All-Pro that didn’t make it in the Top 50 (laughing). But I need something like that. Getting all of these accolades and awards—I guess it’s good to have at least one thing to keep me motivated. It’s a joke though (laughing).
Last year when I went to a game, one thing that stood out was how Chris was laser focused he was. He also performed backpedaling sprints whenever there were breaks during the game. I guess you have to keep the sticks moving when you are in the No Fly Zone. That’s the intensity he brings to every game and practice.
Watch the full presser here.