Raiders continue to work Huff at cornerback

Associated Press Modified: September 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm •  Published: September 21, 2012
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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland free safety Michael Huff says he isn't sure where he'll be lining up when the Raiders come out on defense against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

If he does, he's not saying anything.

Huff has been splitting time at safety and cornerback this week in practice as the Raiders scramble to patch their injury-depleted secondary but coach Dennis Allen has not revealed who will be in the lineup against the Steelers.

"We're still trying to figure out everything," Huff said Friday. "They haven't told me either way yet. If I'm out there (at corner) I'll be ready or if I'm at safety I'll be ready. It's not that big a difference, really."

Oakland is without season-opening starters Ron Bartell (shoulder) and Shawntae Spencer (foot), and the team's two primary backups, Pat Lee and Joselio Hanson, were repeatedly beaten by Miami receivers in the second half of last week's loss to the Dolphins.

Huff, the Raiders' first-round draft pick in 2006, played cornerback for two years in college but has only done it sparingly in the NFL.

Still, he might be Oakland's best option playing against a Pittsburgh team that Huff says has the fastest receiving corps in the NFL.

"I think for me it's easier because I think as a safety so I know kind of what the safeties are doing," Huff said. "For me, outside is easier than inside because inside you're working on slot, quick receivers. Outside is pretty much just press and run, more the deep routes."

Exactly what the Raiders' plans are for Huff and the secondary are somewhat of a mystery.

The only thing for certain is that Spencer, who is in a walking boot and using crutches, is out.

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

In addition to giving Huff reps at cornerback, Oakland also signed Brandian Ross off Green Bay's practice squad.



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