- The Washington Times - Monday, October 21, 2002

BALTIMORE Baltimore Ravens quarterback Chris Redman has found his go-to man second-year tight end Todd Heap.
Heap caught two Redman touchdown passes in the red zone. Heap, whom the Ravens selected in the first round (31st overall) in last year's NFL Draft, finished with four receptions for 39 yards in yesterday's 17-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars at Ravens Stadium.
While the Ravens' receivers are trying to figure out Redman and the offense, Heap is proving to be the team's most reliable target. Heap has 23 receptions for 254 yards and a team-leading four touchdowns this season.
"With that guy, any quarterback would [look for him] because he makes so many great plays," Redman said of his red-zone relationship with Heap. "Todd's a great athlete making some unbelievable catches."
Heap wasted little time yesterday making his presence known. On the Ravens' second possession, the 6-foot-5 Heap jumped over Jaguars safety Donovin Darius and pulled the ball away from the defensive back for a remarkable 11-yard reception. Heap caught a 1-yard second quarter TD strike from Redman and a 20-yard scoring pass late in the third quarter that gave the Ravens a 17-7 lead.
"Chris and I have been working hard all year throughout camp and practice," Heap said. "We're trying to build that relationship where we have that chemistry going. By making moves, he knows where I'm going. He can read it at the same time that I'm reading it, and he can see the same thing that I'm seeing. I think that we are building on that and definitely getting better. It's definitely great to see Chris having that faith in me."

Kicking woes
Jaguars coach Tom Coughlin must not have much faith in rookie kicker Hayden Epstein. That became painfully obvious when the coach had his offense attempt four fourth-down conversions it succeeded on just two of them. Trailing 7-0 and faced with fourth-and-2 at the Ravens 12, Coughlin tried a swing pass to star receiver Jimmy Smith on the right. It was stopped for no gain.
Early in the fourth quarter at the Ravens 24 and facing a fourth-and-5, Mark Brunell threw incomplete to wide receiver Patrick Johnson in the end zone. A field goal would have made it 17-10 with 12:32 left in the game.
Epstein didn't help matters when he missed a 39-yard field goal attempt just before halftime.
"No, I'm not going to kick a 50-yard field goal," Coughlin said. "We missed a 40-yarder. A couple of times we went for it because it was a gut feeling and we made it. I was not going to [kick in the fourth quarter] after missing a 40-yarder earlier. So, I feel like we have a range. The kicking game is not quite what it's got to be."

Ray Lewis inactive again
For the second consecutive game, the Ravens were without Ray Lewis, a five-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker who missed yesterday's game with a partially dislocated left shoulder.
The Ravens defense bent it allowed Jaguars running back Fred Taylor to rush for 151 yards on 25 carries but it didn't break.
"We can't have our defense completely Ray Lewis and if he's not there, we fall apart," linebacker Peter Boulware said. "We've got to continue to play and everybody has to step up and do their jobs."

Unitas tribute
The Ravens honored the late Johnny Unitas at halftime with a tribute fit for a legend. The Ravens unveiled a 9-foot statue of Unitas in his classic throwing pose at the North entrance of Ravens Stadium.
Also, Unitas and seven of his Hall of Fame Colts teammates Lenny Moore (24), Art Donovan (70), Jim Parker (77), Raymond Berry (82), Ted Hendricks (83), John Mackey (88) and Gino Marchetti (89) were inducted into Ravens Stadium's ring of honor.


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