The Denver Broncos placed their starting free safety, Rahim Moore, on the short-term injured reserve list, after injuring his thigh during the Kansas City Chiefs game, and signed in his stead, veteran safety Michael Huff.
An extremely highly-valued player coming out of the University of Texas in 2006, Huff reached his peak in 2010 with the Oakland Raiders, when he recorded 94 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. However, these elite numbers have quickly dwindled in each year since, and Huff has evolved into more of a veteran presence for his teams, rather than a premier playmaker.
That being said, Huff is a great student of the game, extraordinarily athletic and very physical. While playing for the Raiders, the coaching staff utilized his athleticism by moving him from safety to corner, and even playing him at linebacker depending on the team’s health and depth. While he may no longer be the player who unanimously won the Jim Thorpe award in college, his immense experience and versatility is always a welcome addition to a team striving for a deep playoff run.
It is unlikely Huff will see a lot of playing time with the Broncos, especially since he has to become familiar with the Broncos’ defensive system first, and Mike Adams is a more than capable replacement who has been with the team for two years. However, Huff is a terrific insurance policy in case this injury bug continues to follow the Broncos and he could be a useful weapon during the playoffs coming off the bench – if he plays well enough during the next few weeks to make the Broncos’ playoff roster.
Written by John Spina. Follow him on Facebook or on Twitter @jsspina24.