Huff loses starting job

October, 16, 2008
10/16/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

We all saw this coming, didn't we?

The Raiders are benching Michael Huff. The safety is being replaced in the starting lineup by Hiram Eugene.

Huff will still play, but he isn't exactly on the career path Oakland expected when it drafted him with the No. 7 overall pick in 2006. This year Oakland switched Huff from strong to free safety. It was supposed to allow Huff to play his natural position.

Five games into the switch, Huff is being benched. Not good.

Making matters worse for Oakland is that it took Huff over quarterback Jay Cutler. He went four picks later to Denver, which traded up five picks after Cutler fell down the draft board. Oakland needed a quarterback at the time and was thought to be considering USC's Matt Leinart and Cutler.

Instead, the Raiders went for Huff. In hindsight, not the right move.

Meanwhile, Raiders coach Tom Cable said rookie Chaz Schilens will play more in the rotation. Schilens, a seventh-round pick, has good size and speed and perhaps he could give Oakland's pass offense a much needed boost.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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