Michael Huff’s career has taken a drastic change for the better in the last three years. In fact if you look at his six years in silver and black, the first three had Huff Daddy on track for a one-way trip to Bustville. Now Huff will never be able to live up to his draft status but he’s certainly proven to be more than another Al Davis scholarship athlete.
The 2011 season saw Huff endure injuries that kept him out of action for the first time in his pro career. Huff had played in every game during his Raider career until last season yet he was still productive picking off two passes in 12 appearances while making 11 starts.
Many though the new Raider regime would send Huff packing yet here he is, still sporting silver and black.
What remains to be seen is how Dennis Allen will utilize Huff’s talents. Huff has never found a true position in his six years of pro ball. He’s played both safety positions and was slated to make the full-time move to cornerback before a new coaching staff was in place on Reggie McKenzie’s watch.
Last season Huff played some nickel corner with mixed results. He’s never been a great tackler and is known for taking bad angles yet there is a playmaking quality Huff possesses that makes him valuable. Finding the best way to put his skills to use has long been the problem the Raiders have faced in coaching up Huff. He’s best suited to play a deep roving type of role yet Oakland’s paper thin secondary called for Huff to play a multitude of positions in 2011.
No telling what Allen has in mind for his secondary but rest assured you’ll see Huff all over the field in 2012. If anyone is going to get the most of Huff you feel its Allen whose background in coaching and playing in the secondary is best suited for maximizing the talents of the senior member of Oakland’s last line of defense.