In the first of what promises to be a slew of changes, Michael Huff is converting from free safety to cornerback next season.
Huff played cornerback at times during a stellar collegiate career at the University of Texas. He has played it sparingly for the Raiders during his six-year career, mostly in the nickel package.
However, without a proven option opposite seven-year veteran Stanford Routt, coach Hue Jackson has decided to move Huff in an attempt to shore up a weakness.
The Raiders tried veteran Chris Johnson in that spot this season. However, a groin injury suffered by Johnson in training camp derailed his season.
From there, the Raiders used rookies DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa, as well as veteran Lito Sheppard.
None panned out as well as hoped for, if not expected.
Huff is excited about the prospect of taking on a new challenge. He always has fancied himself as a versatile player who is capable of playing any position in the secondary.
At cornerback, Huff will be able to match up better against receivers who aren’t as big and strong as the players he dealt with on a regular basis at safety.
Chuck Bresnahan remains the defensive coordinator for now. However, it’s likely that Jackson will insist upon a change once a general manager is hired.
If there is a change, the new defensive coordinator would be told by Jackson that Huff now is a cornerback.
So, in essence, the Raiders are hoping that Huff that can fill the void created by the departure of Nnamdi Asomugha to the Philadelphia Eagles via free agency before the 2011 season.
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