ON ONE PLAY, Ravens All-Pro tight end Todd Heap is in the backfield. On another, he is in the slot. On another, he becomes a split end. The Ravens can use him from the line of scrimmage or in motion. They have him in short patterns as well as long and intermediate ones.
And then there are the alley-oops, the ones in which Heap would bring down to choruses of "Heap!" that echo throughout the Ravens' stadium.
But last season, his second after a rookie year as Shannon Sharpe's understudy, Heap had a coming-out party, catching 68 passes for 836 yards and six touchdowns. Everybody knows about him now. Every team knows he is the central figure in the team's passing game.
So the Ravens have a new strategy for Heap in 2003. They want to play hide-and-seek.
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