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Quick Hits: Heap Not Finished …. Yet.

The reports of Todd Heap’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Yes, the Ravens signed L.J. Smith this past week but that doesn’t mean Heap is out the door, as so many appear hopeful for.

His injuries have gotten the best of him in the past, but he has played full seasons in 5 of his 8 seasons including last year. Over the years he’s had to sacrifice his body for the all the floaters that Kyle Boller used to sling his way.

Sure his production dwindled but Heap got a bad rap this past season, as his role had to be changed from franchise leading reciever to extra blocker. Maybe that’s why the team still wants to upgrade at Right Tackle.

Now with 6’6″ Quinn Sypniewski returning and Smith, maybe Heap can do what he does best – catch the football and provide the team with a threat over the middle.

Ravens on Pace to Replace Anderson?

I’m not sure how I feel about the possibility of Orlando Pace getting signed as the new right tackle.

Apparently there are concerns over the expanding waistline of Willie Anderson. That coupled with concerns over Adam Terry and where he fits into the offensive line. Maybe he becomes a swing player off the bench?

But, Pace has had injury issues of his own and opinions vary as to what type of player Baltimore would be getting. The former Pro Bowler or the oft injured player of the last few seasons. I’m not liking the risk and potential price tag that Pace brings with him.

Feeling the need for SPEED at Corner.

With the departures of Chris McAlister, Corey Ivy and Samari Rolle, and the additions of Foxworth and Carr to the secondary it’s very clear in which direction the team is headed.

Younger and quicker.

I like the additions but Foxworth is still unproven over a full season and none of these guys including Fabian Washington will ever be mistaken for Sheldon Brown.

The last issue is the exodus of Jim Leonhard to Ravens East – Rex’s Jets. It was tough losing Leonhard but with 3 other Safeties not named Ed Reed on the roster one of them should be able to produce. If Dawan Landry is fully healed I expect Tom Zbidkowski to maybe take Leohnard’s spot. He provides solid fundamentals and can run back kicks.

Where is that New Reciever???

The lone question that remains to be answered. It looks as if Baltimore may fill that need in the draft. Though Oz can be unpredictable and go “best player available” there are a few options depending on who is still on the board.

Fan favorite and former Terp Darrius Heyward-Bey is at the top of some fan’s lists. He has a lot of tools but his production was spotty on an average Maryland team. Hakeem Nicks or maybe Kenny Britt could be a better option.

Either way the free agent class is filled with also ran at this stage and the team still needs an upgrade there. Remember Mason, Clayton and Demetrius Williams will all be up for contracts at the end of next season. Plan your work, work your plan.

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