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Spotlight shines on youngsters

They might be young, but players such as Deuce McAllister and Michael Vick are being counted on for big things this year.

Updated: August 30, 2002, 11:40 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

BALTIMORE -- It was hardly a Wally Pipp-Lou Gehrig scenario, but when the Baltimore Ravens cast off the NFL's career-leading pass catcher among tight ends as part of a salary-cap purge recently, the club was confident it had a worthy replacement for the departing Shannon Sharpe.

Then again, the certainty of vice president Ozzie Newsome and coach Brian Billick pales in comparison to that of second-year tight end Todd Heap, whose surname pretty much defines the amount of talent possessed by the ...

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