With toughening up translating to not throwing him the ball?
Interesting piece in today’s Baltimore Sun about the Ravens coaching staff not valuing Todd Heap’s commitment to playing through a calf injury in the preseason, thus resulting in him doing more pass blocking this year instead of route running.
Maybe that’s why the Ravens have been using Heap as a blocker more than a receiver this season as their way to toughen him up. (It has been estimated that he blocked on more than half of the Ravens’ passing plays against the Steelers.)
If there’s anyone on the Ravens’ offense who doesn’t need toughening up, it’s Todd Heap. A two-time Pro Bowler, and the all-time leading receiver in franchise history shouldn’t have to prove himself to a coaching staff that’s new in Charm City.
I would hope that Heap’s role as a blocker is more of an insurance measure for Joe Flacco and not some egotistical display of who’s in charge and who can make things happen on the part of the coaching staff. To take away a match-up problem and productive offensive weapon to prove a point would be pointless indeed.