No one ever wants to write an article negatively criticizing a player, but Baltimore Ravens safety Michael Huff has had it coming to him with the lackluster start to his tenure in Baltimore.
The former Oakland Raiders safety has seen limited action on the defensive side of the football and hasn’t been a large contributor on special teams either. His last defensive snap was taken in Week 4 against the Buffalo Bills in fact; it’s sad to think that the air apparent to Ed Reed has lost his starting free safety spot to a 5-foot-9 rookie strong safety in Matt Elam, but it happened even though Elam hasn’t been great either.
Luckily, the Baltimore Ravens didn’t break the bank on the 30-year-old defensive back during the offseason as he was only given a three-year deal worth up to $6 million. It’s hard to believe he will play out the contract let alone finish the season on the Ravens’ roster. Given the fact that in seven games this season he has just tallied six tackles, there’s obviously more to be desired from the eight-year veteran.
What can the Ravens do with a guy like Huff?
At times, he’s battled minor injuries, but that isn’t an excuse for poor execution. He doesn’t take proper alignments for his assignments and that shows that he doesn’t know defensive coordinator Dean Pees‘ playbook. Defensive players naturally have to be reactionary and play off of instincts, but if they don’t have a clue as to where they should be in a particular defense, physical ability will get trumped by opposing offenses any day of the week.
Given what the Ravens have had at the free-safety position over the last decade, it’s safe to say this one was an easy “award” to hand out for me. For those that say center Gino Gradkowski should be the holder of that title, it’s only his second year in the league and first as a full-time starter.