Denver Broncos' Chris Harris: 'I need to step up as a leader'

Denver Broncos defensive back Chris Harris admits that he needs to take on more of a leadership role for the club following key departures in the off-season.

Denver Broncos defensive back Chris Harris has admitted that he needs to become more of a leader for his side in the 2014 season.

The Broncos lost veteran cornerback Champ Bailey and linebacker Wesley Woodyard from their defense in free agency, leaving them without two of their captains from the 2013 campaign going into next season.

Harris told the club's official website: "I feel like last year, I definitely took a step up in the leadership role and was involved with a lot of the film work and gameplanning and stuff like that.

"I definitely feel like I could take another step in doing that and being a little bit more vocal in the locker room and making sure everyone is ready.

"Going into my fourth year here, learning under Champ, he kind of passed me the baton. I'm just excited to be able to step up into that role."

The 25-year-old missed his side's defeat in the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks with a torn ACL.

Cornerback Chris Harris #25 of the Denver Broncos tries to tackle quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #4 of the Tennessee Titans late in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on December 8, 2013
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