Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter is one of the few players who has been lucky enough to witness the greatness of quarterbacks Drew Brees and Peyton Manning up close. And that experience is translating to success on the field.
“Playing with those guys forced me to hone in on my craft,” Porter said in an interview on Afternoon Drive with Mac and Goodman (Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm, Mile High Sports Radio AM 1510 | FM 93.7) .
The man now tasked to line up opposite Champ Bailey on Sundays couldn’t have asked for a better debut in orange and blue on Sunday night, as Porter sealed the game with a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown to lead the Broncos to a 31-19 season opening win over the Steelers.
But despite receiving high praise from teammates, coaches, and the media for an overall solid performance on Sunday night, Porter knows the team still has their work cut out for them defensively.
“The biggest thing is getting off the field on third down,” Porter said. “It’s something that can hurt the team as the season progresses.”
On Sunday, the Steelers went 11 of 19 on third down, with conversions on 3rd-and-10, 3rd-and-11, 3rd-and-13 and 3rd-and-18.
It was also during Monday’s interview that Porter first learned of the likely season-ending triceps injury suffered by teammate and defensive tackle Ty Warren. Porter sounded shocked by the news at first, but then offered praise for the 31-year-old Warren.
“We hope nothing but the best for him,” said Porter.
MHS Take: “He’s a guy who seems to love to be in the center of the action and playing opposite of Champ Bailey he’ll find himself in the center of the action a lot, He’s got the moxie for it.” –Mark McIntosh | @ComebackCoach