Huff says he’s ready for anything


Michael Huff emerged from seclusion long enough Friday to confirm what everyone already knew _ the veteran safety may be playing a lot of cornerback against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“If I’m out there at corner I’ll be ready and if I’m out there at safety I’ll be ready,’’ Huff said.

The Raiders officially ruled Shawntae Spencer out of Sunday’s game at O.co Coliseum, meaning they’ve lost both of their starting cornerbacks in two weeks. Ron Bartell broke his shoulder blade in the opener.

One of the challenges this week for the defensive staff has been putting the secondary together like a jigsaw puzzle and hoping the pieces fit. Huff, who made himself scarce during open locker room sessions until Friday, claimed he didn’t know the game plan.

Coach Dennis Allen knows it, but wasn’t getting into specifics.

“I think we have a pretty good plan for what we’re going to do and how we’re going to attack that position so we’ll be ready on Sunday come anything that comes our way,’’ Allen said.

Logic and depth suggest Huff will be matched up with wide receivers a good amount of time, given that Pat Lee and Joselio Hanson are the only other options at the position _ and each struggled in a 35-13 loss to Miami.

The other cornerbacks on the roster, Coye Francies and Phillip Adams, played only on special teams even after Spencer left the game.

Matt Giordano, an extra defensive back in some packages, has had success playing free safety in Huff’s absence before.

The question is whether Huff will play outside as a true corner or in the slot, a position he’s more familiar with as a nickel back. In seven years with the Philadelphia Eagles, Hanson’s best work has also come as a slot defender, rather than on the outside.

Huff said he has no problem playing on the island.

“For me, outside is easier than inside, because inside, you’re working on slot, quick receivers,’’ Huff said. “Outside is pretty much just press and run, more deep routes.’’

Huff was told by the previous regime he might be moving to cornerback this season. Allen said there was no thought given to that by his staff, but when asked why Huff could play corner, said, “speed and athleticism. That’s the biggest thing. You’ve got to be able to run and play out there on the edge and he can certainly do that.’’

Pittsburgh has two swift receivers in Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace, and a quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger whose strength is breaking out of the pocket and delivering passes off of broken plays.

Of Wallace, Huff said, “Fastest kid in the world. You see him on film and you see corners playing off . . . he is probably track Olympic fast, to be honest.’’

— Middle linebacker Rolando McClain was listed as questionable and will continue to work through the NFL concussion protocol.

Allen likened his situation to that of Jon Condo a week ago. Condo ended up playing against Miami. Francies, like McClain was limited at practice and listed as questionable with a concussion.

Right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) was listed as out along with Spencer. Willie Smith is the likely starter, Allen said, although rookie Tony Bergstrom has taken reps at that position of late and Joe Barksdale is also available.

Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski (groin) is listed as questionable but Allen expects him to play.

Running back Mike Goodson tweaked a hamstring during Thursday’s practice and is listed as questionable. It’s not believed serious, but it will be a game-time decision.

— Two big names on defense were listed as out for the Steelers _ linebacker James Harrison (knee) and safety Troy Polamalu (calf). Also out is running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee).

— Fans entering the stadium an hour before kickoff Sunday will be eligible to win prizes such as field passes, locker room tours, autographed memorabilia and Raider merchandise. Check Raiders.com for more details.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • dr_robert

    Arkraider Says:
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:28 am
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    I’m not a big beech dawg fan, I find the repitious stripper story quite boring, but it really bothers you to the point that you go to great lengths to discredit him when he is not real.

    But I’m afraid it’s not just an act with you. I think you need help dr rob/ gay beech dawg!

    Please get help plus your routine is getting worse than his

    not sure how it was decided i was the gay beeech (well, the 2nd gay beeech–LOL). when i first started scanning them, i actually thought it was the original doing some sort of joke i wasn’t up on, because so much of it sounded like the original. but then i realized the new one was trying to emphasize how gay the original reallt was, which i do agree with.

    as for being obsessed with him, hardly. i haven’t been on here for a few days, as i have a life.

    and finally, of course beeech isn’t real. duh. we all know that. well, actually i’ve seen a few idiots actually seeming to fawn over him, although i’ve always suspected it was his aliases, as no actual man could possibly really like him (i don’t think). but he’s real in the sense that he’s always incessantly posting his stupidity.

    i do confess a weakness for making fun of him at times though.

  • dr_robert

    i’m reading some of them now and they’re kinda funny at times, i think. he seems to have the whole schtick down, only more gay. here come the cucumbers. that was funny.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    dr_robert, I think you and ark are missing the point. Nobody fvcking cares.

  • GG

    Here’s a reason why it’s possible the Raiders win, or as someone brilliantly mentioned before (we have no turnovers and should be due)…Giordano playing more snaps at FS.

    A post I posted on another site…

    It’s a game to be wary of. Steelers do have some key players out, the Raiders D is actually not that bad (they got blown out midway in the 4th versus Dolphins in extreme heat), but week 1 and first 3 qtrs they were doing well. Knapp knows his job is on the line, so it’s a bit of a make or break game for the Raiders offense/season. Plus all WRs now healthy (Ford IR). Guessing the Raiders will throw it a lot more to try to open it up for McFadden later. Raiders are due for turnovers too, we have none after two weeks, so it’s bound to happen. If Huff is playing CB as speculated, means Giordano is gonna be playing FS and he has a knack for getting INTs.

  • dr_robert

    Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure Says:
    September 23rd, 2012 at 12:49 am
    dr_robert, I think you and ark are missing the point. Nobody fvcking cares.


    ur very serious, i can tell.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    RaidO Says: Palmer will not even be on the team next year. Mr INT Palmer never earned the starting QB spot. Should have open QB competition between JC and CP.//////////// Hadn’t read this when I posted 992. Answers that question. Means you’re an idiot, but at least we have answered the question.

  • lefty12

    Does everyone realize the Raiders have the 15th rated offense which is higher than the Stealers.It stands to reason that offense will put up points sooner or later.At least we should hope so.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Steelers aint scaring me, Lefty. Not as much as Knapps play calling.

  • dr_robert

    newsflash–the steelers are without their two best defensive players, and have no running game, like us. but they don’t even have their running back to get it started with. i suspect they may try to go “gannon” on us and pass the ball 50 times like we did to them. hope not.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    Hopefully he’s smelling the coffee.

  • dr_robert

    isn’t defending/liking jason campbell kinda like being a fan of the toyota camry, the final destination movies, or bud light? i mean okay, they’re all okay and stuff, but who can say they’re actually good? palmer might not be a ferrari, but he’s at least like a mustang. who would choose a camry over a mustang?

  • lefty12

    15th ranked offense and the running game hasn’t even showed up yet.Maybe things aren’t as desperate as they seem.I’m not defending Knapp,just pointing out the offensive stats.

  • lefty12

    Bud light=ok?You are joking,right.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    You ever tasted a light beer. you can’t.

  • Purvisman/Intrepid/ Full Disclosure

    I haven’t given up on Knapp yet and am not certain the scheme is bad. I have not liked a lot of the play calling with the 1st down pass fail and give it to Dmac every single time on 2nd. If I know its coming, I think their ‘D’ does to.

  • qodrn1

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  • tonedeezy

    All of you fake ass fans can get the hell off the bandwagon before this game here today. Please.