Broncos Insider: DT Shelby Harris all in on Denver-Oakland rivalry — “You always want to beat the Raiders”

Walk around the Broncos’ locker room during Raiders week and don’t expect many players to be trash talking Oakland, as might be happening around the office water cooler.

Quarterback Case Keenum, when asked if he’s heard any buzz surrounding the heated rivalry at the supermarket lately, said: “No, I haven’t been to a supermarket in a while.” But fear not, Broncos Country, not every player will be so coy in assessing the Oakland-Denver rivalry.

Let defensive tackle Shelby Harris light your fire.

“Yeah, this is big,” Harris said. “Every division game is a big game — pretty much every one is a rivalry. This one just happens to go back 20-30 years. This is huge. You always want to beat the Raiders. Especially out in the locker room, everyone wants a win, especially against the Raiders, because (of Raiders coach) Jon Gruden and all. That’s what they’re talking about. No one talks about us. Until last week, most people probably didn’t think we were going to beat the Seahawks.

“We believe in ourselves and we know what we’re going to do.”

Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post


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What’s on tap?

Week 2: Oakland Raiders, 2:25 p.m. Sunday, KCNC-4; 850 AM, 103.5 FM

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Quick Hits

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+ Broncos Podcast: Why Denver has advantage over the Raiders in Week 2

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+ In this week’s Broncos Mailbag, one reader ponders what’s Devontae Booker’s role in Denver’s running back corps. Ryan answers this and more.

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By The Numbers

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Parting Shot

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