Late For Work 10/28: Harrison: Ravens Should Give T.O. A Shot

Heap buys full-page ad in The Sun and the NFL tells BA he shouldn’t have been ejected.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 9:36 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison, Week 8 vs Cardinals

Harrison: Ravens Should Give T.O. A Shot

No teams attended receiver free agent Terrell Owens’ workout on Tuesday.

The 37 year old is trying to prove he is ready to suit up for an NFL team again after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and having surgery in early April. Owens isn’t deterred by the fact no scouts were in attendance, a sign that perhaps nobody is interested in his services.

“I only need one team,” Owens said. “I only need one chance.”

NBC Sports analyst for Football Night in America, Rodney Harrison, believes that one team should be the Baltimore Ravens.

Ravens Should Give Owens A Shot

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“If you look at [the Ravens] and Joe Flacco and the way they played in Jacksonville, they looked absolutely terrible. … You have to be able to create more type of plays for [Flacco] – pit routes, rub routes, reverses, quicks, wide receiver screens. They need somebody to alleviate some of that pressure off of Anquan Boldin and Ray Rice.

Terrell Owens is the perfect guy.”

Boldin is the Ravens’ leading receiver with 394 yards on 27 receptions. That mark ranks 26th among all NFL receivers. The teams’ second leading receiver is actually its No. 1 running back – Rice. He’s notched 337 receiving yards on 26 receptions. Torrey Smith is third on the team with 12 catches for 269 yards.

Baltimore hasn’t had a steady No. 3 receiver because Smith had to move into Lee Evans’ role as he nurses an ankle injury (it is still unclear as to when he will return). Youngsters David Reed and rookie free agent LaQuan Williams have both seen time at the third receiver position.

Harrison said with Owens on the roster, Boldin would still be the No. 1 receiver. But he sees Boldin as a more productive No. 1 with Owens taking pressure off. The former NFL safety said Smith and second-year tight end Ed Dickson have both had early success, but aren’t consistently putting up big numbers.

“Give him a shot,” Harrison said of Owens. “He’ll come in and he’s a lot more humble now. He understands he’s 37 years old and his time is fading. I think he becomes a productive receiver there.”

The six-time Pro Bowler was productive last season, producing 72 receptions for 983 yards and nine touchdowns with the Cincinnati Bengals.

But Owens has spurned the Ravens in the past when he refused to come to Baltimore after they traded a second-round pick for him in 2004. Have the Ravens forgiven him for that? He also has a track record of being a distraction, something the Ravens don’t want as they are focused on a Super Bowl run.

“You talk about him being a locker room nuisance, but when you have Ray Lewis, you have Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs, those guys will manage that locker room,” said Harrison. “Terrell Owens is going to come in, he’s a fiery guy, he’s an emotional guy, and he’s a guy that plays hard. I’ve been critical of Terrell Owens, but I believe that the Baltimore Ravens and Terrell Owens make a good fit.”

Heap Takes Out Half-Page Ad In Sun

Todd Heap will soon be on his way to Baltimore to face the team that drafted him in 2001 and he played for 10 years.

To show his appreciation for everything the Ravens and the Baltimore community did for him, Heap bought a half-page ad in The Baltimore Sun.

“For a decade, my wife Ashley, and I took great pride in calling Baltimore home,” the ad reads. “We greatly appreciated the way this city embraced our family and took us in as your own. We wanted to publicly and emphatically thank all of you for your incredible support over the years.”

Heap said it wasn’t his decision to leave Baltimore, as the Ravens had to make a move to create salary cap room this past offseason, but accepts that change is necessary.

He thanked Art Modell for restoring football pride in Baltimore, Steve Bisciotti for his leadership and all his former teams for the honor to play with them.

“And last, but certainly not least, I would like to thank you…the fans,” Heap wrote. “I am so blessed to do what I do for a living. And I know that this great game is what it is because we have you supporting us. Your support has touched my family, and I will never forget the cheers of the crowd each and every time you roared “Heeeap.” Ravens fans, you are tremendous!”

Check out this poll in Ryan Mink’s article about Heap from yesterday. Even though he plays for a different team now, will you show appreciation for all he did as a Ravens by screaming “Heeeap!” one last time?

NFL Tells Ayanbadejo He Shouldn’t Have Been Ejected

Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo announced on Twitter that he should not have been ejected from Monday Night Football after he got into a tussle with Jaguars guard Guy Whimper.

“I got some great news from the NFL today regarding my ejection from the mnf game!” tweeted Ayanbadejo. “The NFL said I should not have been ejected. They also said the other guy is going to be punished for hitting me 1st.”

In the third quarter of the game, the Ravens stuffed the Jags on third down and then cameras caught Whimper hitting Ayanbadejo. B.A. retaliated, punching Whimper in the facemask with an open hand. The officials did not see the initial hit from Whimper, but got an easy view of the retaliation.

After the game, Ayanbadejo said he would take initiative in explaining his side to the league.

“Me and [my agent] Drew Rosenhaus, we’ll put a whole presentation together. We will appeal it considering it’s an automatic, considerably large fine,” he said.

“I think the best thing is to just show how I play football. I helped two Jaguars up during the game, guys I don’t even know. Then a [Jaguars] coach gets knocked down on the sideline and I’m concerned about him. Then this happens.”

Angry Ravens About To Put A ‘Beat Down’ On Cards

The Arizona Cardinals (1-5) are on a five-game losing streak. That constitutes a “hot mess” in the eyes of ESPN’s Trey Wingo.

The Ravens are coming off one of their worst-ever offensive performance in a 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars. That makes them “salty.”

What will this equation add up to?

I feel sorry for the Arizona Cardinals,” said Kordell Stewart in an ESPN’s Countdown Daily Prediction video.

“The Ravens are angry right now,” added Mark Schlereth. “John Harbaugh, their head coach, came out and said, ‘Unacceptable. … To give [Rice] eight touches in the running game is unacceptable, we will rectify that.’

“Believe you me – John Harbaugh is no nonsense. They will rectify that, they will come out hunting, they’ll come out smoking, they’re going to come out angry and I’m glad I don’t play for the Arizona Cardinals because the Baltimore Ravens are about to put a beat down on them.”

Week 8 Cardinals-Ravens Picks

Pick experts around the Web are in agreement with Schlereth and Stewart – the Ravens will rebound in a big way.

Baltimore Sun: Seven of seven pick the Ravens over the Cardinals
ESPN: Eight of eight pick the Ravens over the Cardinals’s Peter King: Ravens 20, Cardinals 13
USA Today: Eight of eight pick the Ravens over the Cardinals
Yahoo! Sports: Two of two pick the Ravens over the Cardinals Two of two pick the Ravens over the Cardinals Five of five pick the Ravens over the Cardinals

Picks total: Ravens 33, Cardinals 0

Will Suggs Root For Brady Sunday?

Suggs has routinely been open about his dislike for Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Pass rushers and opposing quarterbacks aren’t normally best friends.

But this Sunday, Suggs and all of Ravens nation will find themselves cheering for Brady as the New England Patriots (5-1) travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (5-2).

The Ravens lost the top spot in the division to the Steelers last week, and with a win against the Cardinals and a Pittsburgh loss, Baltimore could reclaim its position as the leader of the AFC North.

History is on the Patriots’ side. The Steelers are 1-6 against Tom Brady and their margin of defeat since 2001 is 12.3 points per game.

But, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, the Steelers are not intimidated.

“The amazing thing is none of that counts,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark told Pittsburgh reporters. “They clearly have no reason to be afraid of us, but neither do we.”

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