DENVER (CBS4) – It was a career game for two young Broncos defensive backs as Tony Carter and Chris Harris both had two turnovers in last week’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
Carter, who has been with the Broncos since 2009, and Harris, in his second season with the team, said on Xfinity Monday Live! that they feed off each other when one of them is playing well.
“We talk about it all the time during practice,” Carter said. “We’ve got to make big plays, we’re underdogs, so that’s what we try to do.”
Carter and Harris got their chance to play more because starting cornerback Tracy Porter was out due to an illness. But Harris said despite their excellent play against the Chargers, Porter is still the starter.
“Pretty much it goes back to how it was. We will continue to be ready if anything ever happens again to Champ (Bailey) or Tracy and be able to step up,” Harris said.
But Harris said he knew he would play well when he got his chance.
“I definitely expect to come out and make plays every game,” Harris said. “It’s definitely the same for Tony. That’s how we practice every day.”
Carter said having Champ Bailey to learn from has helped both him and Harris become better players.
“He just gives us confidence. He lets us know every day, ‘You guys can play, you’re in this league.’ And he teaches us how to be a professional,” Carter said. “He’s been doing it for a long time, so we look up to him and listen to every word that he says.”
The NFL is investigating the Chargers after officials found a sticky substance in a towel that an equipment manager brought onto the field during a timeout in the game. Sticky substances are banned in NFL games. In the past they had been used by receivers to get a better chance to catch a pass. Carter and Harris said they didn’t notice anything during the game.
“It just seemed like it was normal,” Harris said. “We don’t really pay attention to that.”
“Like Chris said, we didn’t notice anything that was going on,” Carter said. “We’ll let the league do their job. We just go out and try to play.”
The Broncos defensive backfield will have its hands full again when Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints come to Denver for Sunday Night Football. Kickoff is at 6:20 p.m.
– By Matthew J. Buettner, CBSDenver.com
Watch more of the video with Carter and Harris in the Xfinity Monday Live! section.