Monday, August 31, 2009

Heap shows old form

Clearly we can take away several positive things from Saturday night’s Ravens’ preseason win over the Panthers in Charlotte yet for me, the one that stands out the most is the performance of Todd Heap.

Heap has looked sluggish off the line of scrimmage and his cuts have been rounded. Consequently he gets little separation and doesn’t challenge the cover skills of opposing safeties and linebackers who normally draw No. 86 as a coverage assignment.

Last night didn’t start off well for Heap. He dropped a 6 yard pass from Joe Flacco in the first quarter, a catch that he once could make in his sleep. But to the surprise of this writer, Heap shrugged it off and contributed 4 catches for 35 yards and a score. Three of those catches were vintage Todd Heap showcasing soft hands in tight quarters.

If this game is an indication of things to come and Heap can stay healthy, it will go a long way towards elevating the Ravens passing attack.

Photo by Sabina Moran


Anonymous said...

I'm happy to see the team put Heap back in the gameplan, but I didn't see anything to suggest he's back to his old form. All of his catches were tightly covered (no separation). The TD was simply a perfect throw, and one other long pass should have been intercepted on a misread by the CB.

Are you suggesting there's some issue with Bannan and the coaches? Please explain. How many articles were there during training camp about how great a "warrior" he is?