Ravens' Heap and Moore too much for Giants


Posted Dec 13, 2004


BALTIMORE -- Clarence Moore hurdled the rookie wall, and Todd Heap leapt over the undersized New York Giants' secondary.

Between the combined presence of those two imposing targets, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller's job became fairly uncomplicated in the red zone.

He simply threw the football to either Moore or Heap, connecting for two touchdown passes apiece in the Ravens' 37-14 rout of the Giants on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.

Moore is a 6-foot-6 rookie wide receiver whom Boller located for a pair of lobbed touchdown passes of 12 and 8 yards. Heap is a 6-5, 252-pound, two-time Pro Bowl tight end playing in his first full game back after missing nine games with a sprained ankle.

"We definitely know we have weapons," said Heap, who scored on throws of 6 and 1 yards. "When I had Clarence on the same side, it was me looking at him and saying, 'All right, who are you going to double?' I was excited to see him make some big plays."

For Heap, his ankle is no longer an issue.

His vertical leap and agility are clearly back at full capacity, and he was able to cut adeptly without pain after being limited to 25 plays for three catches a week ago.

"I produced a lot more," Heap said. "Confidence-wise and my ankle, last week was the week that I needed. That came back, so now it's just about going out and playing football. I have confidence in my abilities and now it's time to start building our offense and doing it together collectively."

Moore was just plain enthused to be out of the doghouse after one of his worst games since being drafted in the sixth round this spring.

The rookie dropped two passes last week in a 27-26 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, one over the middle when he appeared to flinch in heavy traffic, and another in the end zone.
The miscues opened a week of questions about his courage and whether he was colliding with the dreaded rookie wall of fatigue.

This time with his mother watching in the stands, Moore was sure-handed and single-minded.

"It was big for me because my mom was in town," Moore said. "I felt like I was in college or high school, and I could see her on every play. It was a big confidence-builder and it was great that my mom could see me do it. She's my biggest fan."
Moore had a rough week filled with criticism, much of it self-imposed, after mistakes such as not getting up after a reception short of a first down against the Bengals.

Against the Giants' cornerbacks, Moore was much more physical and put distance between last week's troubling performance.

"I put it behind me and I definitely looked forward to this game to prove that everybody was wrong that was thinking whatever they were thinking," Moore said. "I definitely needed to have this game. They can count on me."

Following a career-high four touchdown passes and quarterback rating (112.3), Boller was still smiling about the height advantage his receivers were able to exploit.

"He continues to impress me," Boller said of Moore. "He told me from Day One that if I throw it up there, he's going to come down with it. We've been working on that timing, just putting it in spots where only he can catch it and he's done a great job of making those great catches. Clarence is 6-6, and 7-3 with his hands up in the air."

Aaron Wilson is the chief writer for RavensInsider.Com He is also the Ravens' reporter for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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