Each is comfortable in man coverage and each has said he believes the Denver secondary, with three Pro Bowl selections in 2014 (including safety T.J. Ward), can be among the best in the league. And they agree the group should be a position to earn the top spot.
But what about Harris and Talib? Who’s tougher to face in practice, day after day?
The question was posed to Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas, who was then at his elusive best when talking about his teammates.
"Gol-ly," he said, then a deep sigh. Then he simply said "huh?" and flashed the trademark smile.
"But it’s hard to say," Thomas continued. "I can say this, when we played the Patriots when Aqib was on that team, that was the worst game I played as a receiver. And going up against Chris every day it’s always a competition. He’s not the fastest, not the quickest, but he’s always in the right spot, he’s scrappy, he’s got heart, he goes hard, and people don’t understand that but I do since I’ve been with him since Day 1. I hate going against both, that’s what I’m saying."
Thomas skipped the team’s offseason program as his representatives and the Broncos negotiated a long-term contract, so the team’s coaches have slowly added to his workload each day of training camp. But he said the adjustment is made that much more demanding by the fact it’s Talib or Harris usually across from him when the Broncos starters square off.
"Getting used to DBs pressing me, haven’t went against that since the Colts game," Thomas said. "Getting back used to that, we’ve got two great ones, so it ain’t easy."