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June 6, 2007
Huff needs new-look role

ALAMEDA - It was quite the mismatch.

It was Raiders ultra-buff receiver Jerry Porter in a pose-down with safety Michael Huff.

Porter looked the part of a professional wrestler, whereas a voice reminded Huff he needed to get in the weight room.

Last year's first-round pick weighs 198 pounds after playing much of the season at strong safety, despite weighing in the 180s last season.

That's why it makes sense to move Huff around in the secondary rather than keep him strictly around the line of scrimmage.

Huff's speed is neutralized when his main task is covering tight ends in passing defense. I like the idea of moving him around and adding the element of surprise.

I felt bad for Huff when the Raiders' need to draft JaMarcus Russell was pinned on the team having taken Huff last year instead of a quarterback.

It wasn't Huff's fault the offense stunk last year.

I'm not supposed to "root" for anyone, but it would be nice to see Huff have a big year and quiet the "what if we had Matt Leinart?" talk I hear from time to time.

Leinart wouldn't have done much better than Andrew Walter last year. And I think in the long run, Russell will be better.

Other OTA musings

* I still love hearing Tom Cable yell at players. Tight end James Adkisson was the latest target of some of the new offensive line coach's venom for "(expletive) up his whole drill." Quite the contrast from last season when you wondered if someone would ever get angry over what was going on with the offense.

* Defensive lineman Tyler Brayton, however, committed the mortal sin of the day by knocking down Russell. Don't touch the future of the franchise!

* LaMont Jordan didn't practice today because he's ill.

* Coach Lane Kiffin said Mike Williams is working out but hadn't done team work yet. He wasn't on the field today but could be ready for the three-day voluntary minicamp that starts Monday.

* Cornell Green worked with the first team at right tackle instead of Paul McQuistan. I'm sure there will be a new look by next week.

* Russell and Josh McCown split reps at quarterback with Andrew Walter absent because of knee surgery. Walter should be ready for training camp.

* The Raiders hired George Streeter to work in their personnel department. He came to the Raiders highly recommended by former Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf, a friend of owner Al Davis.

Streeter has 12 years experience as a pro and college scout.

Streeter played three years in the NFL as a defensive back after being a three-year starter at Notre Dame. He played for Chicago and Indianapolis.

- 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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