Is Michael Huff now a cornerback?

September, 19, 2012
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It looks like Michael Huff, at least for now, may be moving positions.

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting Huff is taking repetitions in practice Wednesday at cornerback. Perhaps he is just getting comfortable there in case of an emergency. Or perhaps the Raiders believe they are already in an emergency state and are moving Huff from safety to cornerback for the time being.

Monday, we looked at that possibility. I think that what’s Oakland needs to do with Huff. Starters Ronald Bartell (shoulder) and Shawntae Spencer (foot) are out and the Raiders have more depth at safety than cornerback. Huff played cornerback in college and I think having him there for now is the right move.

UPDATE: Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters why he thinks Michael Huff could be a good cornerback. Inside the Bay Area reports Joselio Hanson and Pat Lee are Oakland’s starting cornerback going into the Pittsburgh game, but Huff could be in the mix.

To help their depth at cornerback, the Raiders signed a player Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie is familiar with: Brandian Ross from the Green Bay Packers’ practice squad. He was on the Packers’ practice squad last year when McKenzie was still in Green Bay.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin told reporters that former Oakland cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke has been “an awesome surprise” to the Steelers. His biggest impact has come on special teams. He was cut by Oakland earlier this month.

Also, Oakland added cornerback Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and defensive tackle Vaughn Meatoga, who was earlier with the team, to the practice squad.

In other AFC West news:

Two strong outings have propelled San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers to No. 4 on Mike Sando’s MVP Watch.

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said tight end Kevin Boss will likely be out of practice for the next few days as he recovers from a concussion. He must pass a test before being able to play Sunday at New Orleans.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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