Offense turns to Heap, getting healthy results

Nov 10, 2008 Read more: Baltimore Sun 22
When Ravens tight end Todd Heap strolled to midfield for the coin toss, the cynical observer might have wondered whether that was as prominent a role as he would play against the Houston Texans . Read more
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MAKA

Mechanicsville, MD

#1 Nov 10, 2008
Good to see Heap getting more involved in the offense. A guy cannot be that good in the past and we not even throw a ball to him or use him strictly for blocking. Just another weapon for Flacco which makes the team even more productive.
Ravensman

Edgewater, MD

#2 Nov 10, 2008
If Heap can come back to his old form it will be a big help for the grueling schedule ahead. There aren't many linebackers that can cover him when he is 100% healthy and he will be another deep threat for Flacco.
dave

Edgemont, PA

#3 Nov 10, 2008
glad to see heap back in the passing game, with heap and mason and the running game we have, we could go all the way!!!!!
Truth be Told

United States

#4 Nov 10, 2008
Derrick Mason plays the second half with a dislocated shoulder. That's guts and being a team player. I hope Todd Heap was watching closely. Derrick Mason is the MVP on the team this season, regardless of what he does the rest of the way. Heap will probably miss the rest of the season with a hang nail.
Peej

Atlanta, GA

#5 Nov 10, 2008
Truth be Told wrote:
Derrick Mason plays the second half with a dislocated shoulder. That's guts and being a team player. I hope Todd Heap was watching closely. Derrick Mason is the MVP on the team this season, regardless of what he does the rest of the way. Heap will probably miss the rest of the season with a hang nail.
Lighten up! Heap has been getting more and more healthy all season. However, all the while he has been on the field playing Ravens football.

When no passes were coming his way, I have watched how he has been blocking well. Last week, Heap crunched Andra Davis and sealed the back side of the opening. Ray Rice did the rest by juking the safety and running for 60 yds.

Yesterday, he was tripped on his route and went to his hands and knees, but got up and into the pattern. Flacco kept backpedalling until he got up and hit him for a TD.

Later on a third down completion, he ran over the Texans safety and picked up another three yards (last year, he would have gone down on the spot).

I may be wrong, but Heap's attitude (do whatever I can to help win games - the ball will find me sooner or later) seems to be shared by most players in the locker room.

Have you heard, seen or read any complaints from players about their own lack of playing time or opportunities? No: it seems that they understand that every player will contribute.

That, as much as the surprising record, is why I am having so much fun this season!

Since: Sep 08

Baltimore

#6 Nov 10, 2008
Truth be Told wrote:
Derrick Mason plays the second half with a dislocated shoulder. That's guts and being a team player. I hope Todd Heap was watching closely. Derrick Mason is the MVP on the team this season, regardless of what he does the rest of the way. Heap will probably miss the rest of the season with a hang nail.
I keep wondering why people act like Heap wasn't our main receiving weapon for the last few years? Mason is certainly playing well (he did last year)...but Heap has been too good for too long and he has taken the hits to prove it. I'm not surprised he's been hurt as much as he has. But to imply he's in an way soft is moronic. He is the leading receiver in our team history...play tight end. A testament to how good he is and how bad our offense has been.
Mark

New York, NY

#7 Nov 10, 2008
It seemed to me like yesterday that Cam is finally starting to feel comfortable utilizing Heap as he did with a guy named Gates. If that starts to happen lookout NFL. I think Cam is now start to open up the playbook for Flacco and the boys. Figurs can definitely be a deep as well as Clayton. Start using them as such. I can not believe I am seeing balance from this TEAM. Strong D and a balance offense. Don't ever wake me up.
Marcus

Henniker, NH

#8 Nov 10, 2008
Glad Heap finally got involved yesterday, he will be needed against the Giants. He's done a good job run-blocking but he needs to be involved in the passing game in this stretch, we'll be a much better offense with him involved.
Maui Guy

Los Angeles, CA

#9 Nov 10, 2008
Heap is a great player who gets hurt a lot. But when healthy, what a weapon. Man, I can't wait to see him agains't the Giants, who I believe the Ravens will whip. i know they're the champs and 8 and 1 but somehow they seem like they're not as good as their record indicates.

Go ravens. Go Heaaaaaaap!
jon dey

Saint John, Canada

#10 Nov 10, 2008
We finally get rid of Fire Trembley and another wax-job pops up, Truth be Told. Where do these guys come from?
Nice game #86!!!!
jeffro

Holly Springs, NC

#11 Nov 10, 2008
I think Heap wears bubble wrap now, he might be okay.
brandon

Centreville, VA

#12 Nov 10, 2008
jon dey wrote:
We finally get rid of Fire Trembley and another wax-job pops up, Truth be Told. Where do these guys come from?
Nice game #86!!!!
eh, idiots breed idiots, thats all. they probably come from the same sludge you see in the gutter

anyways, heap had a great game, and not just receiving. anyone see that run block he made on the rushing TD? give the man credit for getting dirty in the trenches!!!

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#13 Nov 10, 2008
jon dey wrote:
We finally get rid of Fire Trembley and another wax-job pops up, Truth be Told. Where do these guys come from?
Nice game #86!!!!
FIRE TREMBLEY is gone? Why? His favorite team is The Ravens, and they have been winning. I don't understand. Why would he leave?
Gary

Laurel, MD

#14 Nov 10, 2008
Fire Trembley is a cow pattie.
ecinoc

AOL

#15 Nov 10, 2008
Perhaps one of these years , if he is not traded or released , Heap might show up for camp , and the season , without some kind of boo boo.

Maybe he should be a florist !
Bill K

Halethorpe, MD

#16 Nov 10, 2008
I know this column is covering Heap.

But to change the subject....will Stover be history soon? That new kicker looks like he may take some of Stover's time....can the Ravens afford two kickers?
terps19

Flagstaff, AZ

#17 Nov 10, 2008
Fire Trembley will pop up again just before the Redskins and Steeler games. Then he will pop up again before spring training. Hopefully in a year or two we will be rid of him for good.

Then hop onto Cleveland or Cinci where his dribble is fact.
terps19

Flagstaff, AZ

#18 Nov 10, 2008
Bill K wrote:
I know this column is covering Heap.
But to change the subject....will Stover be history soon? That new kicker looks like he may take some of Stover's time....can the Ravens afford two kickers?
They can when one is an undrafted FA rookie. I think Stover is gone pretty soon, probably after this year. IT was NICE to see kickoffs into the opponents endzone that have actual hangtime. Stovers kicks it high but only to the 10 or so. New dude kicks it higher and to the 1 and goal line.
Rosie

Aberdeen, MD

#19 Nov 10, 2008
Truth be Told wrote:
Derrick Mason plays the second half with a dislocated shoulder. That's guts and being a team player. I hope Todd Heap was watching closely. Derrick Mason is the MVP on the team this season, regardless of what he does the rest of the way. Heap will probably miss the rest of the season with a hang nail.
Give the man his due.Heap played a good game and has been one of the best and toughest players in the NFL, plus hes a team player. hes one of the best tight ends in the league. any team would be glad to have him.lighten up,before the season is over, you will eat your words.
rob

Hyattsville, MD

#20 Nov 10, 2008
Bill K wrote:
I know this column is covering Heap.
But to change the subject....will Stover be history soon? That new kicker looks like he may take some of Stover's time....can the Ravens afford two kickers?
This is not a knock against Stover, he has been an HOF kicker for the Raven's, but at some point in time in everyone's career, things start to diminish.

You can not predict the outcome, but if Stover makes his easy kicks against Steeler's and Titan's, are the Raven's 8-1?

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