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Heap impressive in first day back

Suiting up for the first time at this year's training camp, Todd Heap had a busy and impressive day.

The longtime starting tight end passed his conditioning test 20 minutes before practice and then went on to catch two touchdown passes in a red-zone drill.

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Heap was on the team's non-football illness list for the first two days of camp because he was battling a virus that made his tonsils swollen.

"I'm not 100 percent. I'm still fighting through it," Heap said. "I felt good enough where I go for it this morning."

The 10-year veteran said it was more than a typical cold.

"It knocked me out," he said. "There were three or four nights where I couldn't sleep. It was a battle."

It didn't take long for Heap and quarterback Joe Flacco to re-connect on the field because of the hard work put in before camp. Flacco flew out to Arizona to throw to Heap during the players' vacation time.

There were "a couple crossing routes where Joe threw it before Todd got into the window," coach John Harbaugh said, "and Todd looked fast."

A healthy Heap would be another weapon for the Ravens, who added Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth this offseason. Heap agreed that this is probably the most talent that the Ravens offense has had "on paper" since he joined the team in 2001.

"We've never worried about paper here," he said. "You guys can see -- we've got a lot of good players. But that doesn't mean anything. It just means we've got to go out there and get it done."

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