Harris doesn't expect that to change in 2015. In fact, Harris believes a new Broncos coaching staff will put even greater faith in the two talented cornerbacks.
"(The defense) is going to rely a lot more on me and Talib to make a lot of plays," Harris said Monday on the first day of voluntary workouts, according to the team website. "We're going to be out there on an island a lot. It's a lot of responsibility on us to be able to shut our guys down."
"Everybody else is going to be a lot more aggressive," he added. "I'm pretty much going to be on an island, I've just got to cover my man a lot in this defense."
Harris was regularly used in one-on-one situations under Jack Del Rio, but the All-Pro expects to be put in more aggressive situations with defensive coordinator Wade Phillips calling the shots.
"I'm excited for Wade Phillips to 'activate' me to make a lot of plays," Harris said. "Hopefully it means, 'Call my number to go make a play, be able to blitz, do everything.' "
Champ Bailey once served as the blueprint for to serve as a true shutdown corner. Now Harris looks to follow in his former teammate's footsteps.