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By Matt Vensel | October 28, 2011
Former Ravens tight end Todd Heap, who will be back in town on Sunday as a member of the Arizona Cardinals, took out a half-page ad in the sports section of Friday's Baltimore Sun to thank Ravens fans for the memories. "Although it was not my decision to leave Baltimore, I accept that change is sometimes necessary," wrote Heap, a first-round draft pick in 2001 who played 10 seasons for the Ravens, in the letter's final paragraph. "Certain that I have a few good years of football left in me, I'm excited about my future with the Arizona Cardinals.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2014
The NFL has upheld Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather's two-game suspension for an illegal hit on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith during the teams' preseason matchup. Meriweather was penalized for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head-and-neck area when he struck Smith in the second quarter during the Ravens' 23-17 victory. Smith was unhurt on the play. Meriweather also legally hit Ravens running back Bernard Pierce in the head, causing a concussion and forcing him out of the game.
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January 20, 2011
As a response to the article, "Heap devoted to family, faith and football" (Jan. 9), the professional football player Todd Heap is just the role model kids need these days. Most stereotypical football players that young viewers are watching during football games are glamorized and made famous by illegal or immoral actions. Kids should not be looking up to players such as Michael Vick or Ben Roethlisberger who commit illegal acts, but players such as Todd Heap who do good for the community.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The NFL has suspended Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather for two games for an illegal hit on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. Meriweather was penalized for a personal foul for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head and neck area when he struck Smith in the second quarter Saturday night during the Ravens' 23-17 victory. Smith was unhurt on the play. Meriweather also hit Ravens running back Bernard Pierce in the head, causing a concussion and forcing him out of the game, but it was a legal hit. This marks Meriweather's sixth violation of unnecessary roughness rules regarding hits to defenseless players and impermissible use of the helmet.
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By Matt Vensel | July 28, 2011
We have countless awesome sports photos in the archives here at The Baltimore Sun , and I have decided to share one with you each week in a regular feature called "Throwback Thursday. " The Ravens announced Tuesday that they were releasing four prominent veteran players. They were tough moves for Ravens fans to swallow, especially the ones who now have to go shopping for a new jersey. Gone are wide receiver Derrick Mason, defensive tackle Kelly Gregg, running back Willis McGahee and tight end Todd Heap.
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By Matt Vensel | July 26, 2011
Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.   Running it back: The celebration of the NFL's four-month lockout ending turned into disbelief Monday when the Ravens cut four players , including their top two receivers of all time. Veterans Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, Willis McGahee and Kelly Gregg were informed by the Ravens that they will be released from their contracts . ... The Ravens players who survived the roster cuts are ready to get back on the field Wednesday.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2010
Tight end Todd Heap likely won't be able to play in the Ravens' game against the Houston Texans Monday night. Heap pulled his right hamstring running a seam route on the very first play of the team's eventual 13-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night. Heap did not return to the game, and coach John Harbaugh said Monday that it doesn't appear that Heap will be ready for Houston. "I think Todd's probably the one that we really are concerned about," Harbaugh said. "I don't want to rule him out yet, but it doesn't look good for next week.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2010
Suiting up for the first time at this year's training camp, Todd Heap had a busy and impressive day. The longtime starting tight end passed his conditioning test 20 minutes before Sunday's morning practice at McDaniel College in Westminster and then caught two touchdown passes in a red-zone drill. Heap was on the team's nonfootball illness list for the first two days of camp because of swollen tonsils. "I'm still fighting through it," he said. "I felt good enough where I could go for it this morning.
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By Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic | October 26, 2011
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tight end Todd Heap spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Ravens, so he has looked forward to returning to Baltimore this weekend since signing with the Cardinals last summer. The trip would be even better if Heap can play, something he hasn't done since suffering a hamstring injury three weeks ago. “I'm taking it day to day right now,” he said. “I'm hoping I'll be ready.” Heap was surprised when the Ravens released him in July. The Ravens needed the cap space ($4.6.million)
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2010
Todd Heap's past two seasons will be remembered for the tight end taking hard hits over the middle, getting back to his feet and playing through the pain. In many ways, his toughness has overshadowed his touchdowns. Heap has quietly become the Ravens' red-zone monster, emerging as Joe Flacco's favorite target inside the 20-yard line. Over the past dozen games, Heap has scored six touchdowns in the red zone, the most by any Raven during that stretch. Only running back Willis McGahee has produced more than three red-zone touchdowns in that time, but most of his five touchdowns have been scored by running the ball.
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Kevin Cowherd | March 10, 2013
Try to imagine the Ravens defense next season without Ray Lewis. Now try to imagine it without Ed Reed, too. No, I can't do it, either. One thing's for sure: the Ravens are at a delicate point in their long relationship with the moody free safety with NFL free agency starting Tuesday. The man is bound for the Hall of Fame and he's been the ultimate team player and community do-gooder for the Ravens. So they don't want to tick him off with a ridiculously low offer. But with his age (34)
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January 23, 2013
As a lifelong fan of football, history and the Pittsburgh Steelers, I was compelled to root against the New England Patriots Monday because their owner and coach once received just a slap on the wrist for their lack of integrity. I remember the AFC Championship in 2005, when it seemed as if their coach seemed to know in advance every defensive play the Steelers called - and how his cheating was later proved. It reminded me of how, once upon a time, true sports commissioners such Bart Giamatti and Judge Landis took proper steps to protect the integrity of their games, and I found myself hoping the Ravens would do what Commissioner Roger Goodell had not - that is punish the cheaters.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2012
The general rule of thumb in the NFL is that it takes about three years for a wide receiver to develop into an everyday contributor. The same could apply to Dennis Pitta. The Ravens' fourth-round selection in the 2010 NFL draft, Pitta has begun to assert himself as the franchise's tight end of the future. He is tied with wide receiver Torrey Smith for the team lead in touchdown receptions (seven), ranks second in catches (57), and is third in receiving yards (613). With two more regular-season contests remaining, Pitta needs just one more score to break a tie with Todd Heap for the most touchdown catches by a tight end in a single season.
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By Matt Vensel | December 19, 2012
Each Wednesday, blogger Matt Vensel will highlight five statistics that really mean something for the Ravens. 133 -- the number of Peyton Manning's 204 passing yards on Sunday that came after play-action fakes. For the first three quarters of Sunday's 34-17 loss, the Denver Broncos showed the Ravens what a balanced offense should look like. Knowshon Moreno was effective running the ball, opening up the play-action pass for Manning, who picked apart a Ravens defense that had two new starters at inside linebacker and a fill-in at safety.
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By Matt Vensel | December 5, 2012
Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he'll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too. RUNNING IT BACK As the Ravens enter a tough four-game stretch to end the season, they could get linebacker Ray Lewis back soon but might have to move forward without Terrell Suggs.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2012
For the first time since the beginning of last season, tight ends Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson finished a game with a combined zero catches in last Thursday's 23-16 win against the Cleveland Browns. Chances are that scenario won't play out again Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, who have surrendered a touchdown to tight ends in three of four games this season. Tony Gonzalez caught five passes for 53 yards and one score in the Atlanta Falcons' 40-24 rout, Scott Chandler grabbed two balls for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Buffalo Bills' 35-17 demolition, and Jimmy Graham finished with four receptions for 16 yards and a score in the New Orleans Saints' 27-24 overtime loss.
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By Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2010
Two days after straining his shoulder, tight end Todd Heap said he "can't say right now" whether he's going to play Sunday at the Cincinnati Bengals. "I'm preparing like I am playing," said Heap, who didn't practice Wednesday. Heap injured his shoulder on a 35-yard outstretched catch late in the fourth quarter that helped the Ravens hold onto a 10-9 victory at the New York Jets. He had lost the pass in the lights at New Meadowlands Stadium and dove for the ball at the last second to make his longest catch in three years.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 9, 2011
— Todd Heap is too modest to single out an opponent after an impressive performance. But after a 10-catch, 108-yard showing that aided the Ravens' 30-7 rout of the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC wild-card round Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, the tight end conceded that he felt confident when he was lined up against rookie strong safety Eric Berry . "Obviously, I think it's a good matchup anytime I can go up against a safety, but I know he's a...
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By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2012
Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta could miss the rest of training camp and is now a question mark for the Sept. 10 season opener after he suffered what appears to be a broken hand in Monday's practice. Pitta walked off the field with a trainer less than an hour into Monday's session, the latest -- and easily the most significant -- injury that has marred the first four days of training camp. The 27-year-old tight end, who became one of quarterback Joe Flacco's favorite targets in his second season, is scheduled to undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test Tuesday, but it's believed that he'll soon undergo surgery to repair the damage.
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By Matt Vensel and The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2012
Derrick Mason announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday, and he went out as a member of the Ravens. General manager Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh joined Mason in the auditorium at the Under Armour Performance Center as he said goodbye. Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, wide receivers coach Jim Hostler, quarterback Joe Flacco and wide receiver Torrey Smith were among those in attendance. Mason spent most of the 30-minute news conference reminiscing about his time with the team and speaking about his decision to retire . But he also talked about the current state of the Ravens, specifically their offense.
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