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Sapp unimpressed with Huff's preparation

Posted on: June 28, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 5:38 pm

Posted by Ryan Wilson

We still may be without football, but former NFL player and NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp has been a one-man news-generating machine in recent days. Last week, he hopped on the "Anybody but Tiki" bandwagon, telling Rich Eisen “I didn’t think much of [Tiki Barber] when he did play. …He was a fumbler all the way through his life, and then all of a sudden, somebody taught him how to hold the ball up high and then he (left the Giants) and said, Eli (Manning) can’t lead them and they’ll never win a championship."

On Tuesday, Sapp, who played 13 NFL seasons in Tampa Bay and Oakland, appeared on the Ben and Skin Show on KESN-FM in Dallas. He had this to say about former Raiders teammate safety Michael Huff, who will be a free agent when the lockout ends.

“Michael Huff leaves something to be desired,” Sapp said. “I watched Huff for two years, not pick a pass off in practice. I seen him make a couple plays, lately. I’d really be interested to see his tape and watch his last couple of years because his first two make you want to throw up watching him practice.”

Huff was the Raiders' 2006 first-round pick (seventh overall), and his professional career can kindly be described as inconsistent. In five seasons he started 66 of 80 games, had seven picks and 38 passes defended. If Huff's numbers are a reflection of his practice habits, it's another reason for teams to be wary of him in free agency. In fact, Huff's midweek preparations used to make Sapp nauseous (figuratively ... we think).

“I went so far with Michael Huff, and you can ask him this, that my last day in Oakland, I waited in the parking lot for Michael Huff," said Sapp. "I waited in the parking lot because I wanted to talk to the young man because he made me want to throw up watching him practice. I mean, the scout team would complete ball, after ball, after ball. I’m like, ‘You’re not going to make one play? I mean, you’re not even going to put your hand on it and knock it down?’”

Sapp's last season in Oakland was 2007. That year Huff had just one pick but did register 11 passes defended. Last season, Huff had three interceptions, two forced fumbles, seven passes defended, and the Associated Press named him to its 2010 All-Pro second team.

We're guessing Sapp remains unimpressed.

(Turns out, it's not just Sapp who questions Huff's ability. Before the 2010 season Scouts, Inc. wrote that "Huff needs a lot of work on route recognition and reading the quarterback's eyes when in off coverage" and that "he has struggled to establish himself in the secondary." Scouts, Inc. didn't list Huff as one of the top-10 players on his own team, and he tied for 69th among all NFL safeties. Yikes.)

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