The Arizona Cardinals finally made the decision to release TE Todd Heap. He has been injured all season, so I say good move. However, this does not help the Cardinals get any better and this is a move that should have been made weeks ago. Heap has had a fairly successful NFL career, catching almost 500 passes for just shy of 6,000 yards.
Heap has been plagued by injuries in his short stint with the Cardinals; he was only able to play in 12 games over two seasons. I am a fan of Heap, though, and he would have been the Cardinals’ best second option if he was healthy. WR Larry Fitzgerald is still the first option, but you can’t really call anything an option when the quarterback averages less than two yards per pass attempt over four quarters.
The tight end play this year has been atrocious in general, so you can’t blame Heap, or really anybody but the offensive line. This season the tight ends have been used primarily for blocking as a second tackle to help the Cardinals’ quarterbacks have more than a half second to throw the ball. I know fans remember the two-game stretch during which the Cardinals’ offensive line and protection gave up 17 sacks. It was painful to watch.
The Cardinals will head into CenturyLink Field on Sunday to play the Seattle Seahawks and all signs point to a ninth straight loss. Hopefully, they can beat the Detroit Lions the following week and avoid double-digit losses. Regardless, the season is grim if you’re a Cardinals’ fan, but hey, smile, it’s football.
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