This indicates that the Silver & Black are highly concerned with the play at defensive back, especially opposite Stanford Routt. Rookies DeMarcus Van Dyke and Chimdi Chekwa saw action at that spot, but both are raw and neither appears ready to take major steps forward.
Lito Sheppard ended the season getting the majority of the reps, but his play may have sealed his fate, especially after the Chargers torched him last Sunday.
Huff is versatile enough to play in space and handle being in coverage. But at this late point of his career (not that he’s is falling apart), it is a risky move with a touch of desperation. Obviously Oakland is preparing to go into free agency not wanting to upgrade that spot with this transition and have little hope that one of the younger players could evolve into a contributor quickly.
Usually cornerbacks get moved to safety, especially veterans – not the other way around.
What does that mean for the safety spots? Tyvon Branch could be a hot commodity to other clubs this off-season, and if they need a change at both positions at the back-end, it will not bode well for a pass defense that allowed 251 passing yards per game (27th in the NFL).