Raiders Blog and Q&A

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June 5, 2007
Greater role for Huff; jury out on o-line

Question: With one year under his belt, do you see a bigger role for Michael Huff this season? When we drafted Huff last year, I envisioned him to be a disruptive force much like Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed. What impact do you think he will have this year? Also, who has impressed you the most on the offensive line so far in the OTAs?

Ken Wise, Bend, Ore.

Answer: As for the first question: definitely. Huff has played free safety and worked as a cornerback in the offseason. I think the key to guys like Reed is their versatility and it looks as if the Raiders will take advantage of that. It will allow the defense the flexibility to try new things and disguise defenses because Stuart Schweigert is bigger than Huff and can play like a strong safety. Also, with Darnell Bing playing strong safety, Huff could be on the field with Schweigert and Bing as a corner/safety and use his experience as a strong safety to blitz and create problem.

I can't say I'm impressed with anyone on the offensive line because they aren't hitting yet. But Cooper Carlisle looks comfortable in the new running and blocking scheme. I think it will be good for center Jake Grove, too.

But I don't want to say I'm impressed yet. Not until I at least see how the new stuff works in a game situation.

- Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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