Ravens fans remain fixated on whether Derrick Mason is coming back.
On a different level, the same question could be asked of Todd Heap. As the veterans reported to Ravens training camp Wednesday, the former Pro Bowl tight end is looking to become a key weapon in Cam Cameron's offense, reversing a series of disappointments.
It started with training camp last season, when Heap missed most of the preseason with a calf injury. It continued throughout the regular season when a coaching decision turned the franchise's all-time leading receiver into more of a blocker. Then, it extended to this offseason when there was talk of the Ravens trading Heap or replacing him if Brandon Pettigrew fell to them in the draft.
Heap, 29, acknowledges it was a difficult year, but he wants to prove that it wasn't a deflating one.
"There's no doubt in my mind that I can be a top tight end," Heap said. "I have confidence in myself and my abilities."