Safety Michael Huff
The former top-10 pick of the Oakland Raiders appeared in seven games with one start after signing a three-year contract worth $6 million this past offseason to replace Ed Reed, but was replaced by rookie first-round pick Matt Elam by Week 2 and saw limited action since.
Huff’s play on defense hasn’t been what it should be for a player making that much money, but it was actually his lack of an impact on special teams that helped lead to his release.
“We’ve got to play better on special teams,” Harbaugh said after a 19-16 loss in Pittsburgh before the bye. “We’re going to go find some guys that want to play special teams.”
Huff was the primary man at fault on the Steelers’ 44-yard kickoff return that set up their game-winning field goal. The Bengals don’t need a guy to come in and play on special teams. They need a guy to replace Taylor Mays on defense after he was placed on the season-ending IR today, and Huff is more than capable of filling-in for Mays.
No one else on the 53-man roster or on the practice squad will play as well as Huff can, which isn’t that of a game-changer, but enough to overcome the loss of Mays. It also gives the Bengals an insider’ look at the team they’re fighting for the AFC North crown with.
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