#2 – Jeff Heath – Safety. Whoa, I just realized my first two cuts are at the safety position. It is probably a safe bet to say that I have been alone in my defense of Jeff Heath. He has given up big plays because he was a complete liability in pass coverage. However, I gave him credit for being a solid tackler. In 9 games, Heath had 60 tackles and 47 of them were solo. At least he was better than Danny McCray and came at a much cheaper price.
This pre-season, I was hoping that I was see some progression in Heath’s coverage skills. Unfortunately, he looks like – well, remember that old electric vibrating football game with the figure on the plastic base. Everytime you turned it on the players wouldn’t run routes, but go in circles or stuck uselessly on the sideline. That figure would be Jeff Heath and I’m being kind.
Heath has failed to contribute on special teams and that could’ve been his saving grace. It was his gap responsibility that allowed the 108 yard kick-off return for a touchdown by Baltimore Ravens’ Deonte Thompson in week 2 of pre-season.