BACK IN THE DAY: Playing in the ACC, Heller started 10 of 39 games and had 17 receptions for 185 yards and one touchdown. In his senior year he started seven of 11 games and was used primarily as a blocker.
TO MAKE THE TEAM: It's a challenge for Heller, who is playing behind starter Ken Dilger and backups Rickey Dudley and Todd Yoder. All three have a year in Jon Gruden's offense and will be hard to upstage. The Bucs did have four tight ends most of last season, and if Heller impresses he could sneak onto the roster on special teams.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Heller was recruited by a number of Ivy League schools but accepted a walk-on position with the Yellow Jackets. He turned that into a full scholarship.
QUOTE: "Of course, the talent level is so much better here at every position, and that forces you to step up to the level. From a mental standpoint you have to get into the playbook and work hard at getting them down. The speed of the game is that much faster."
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"He's not the Lone Ranger. Brad Johnson's played for I don't know how many different guys and Rich Gannon, a guy I coached previously, has played for I don't know how many different guys and Vinny Testaverde may have the all time record. When you play quarterback in the NFL, you can't use that for an excuse. It's the way it is. Coaches change, players change, it's the world we live in. But, I do believe it has not helped him develop as quickly may be as he could of." - JON GRUDEN on whether playing for four different offensive coordinators in five years has hindered quarterback Shaun King.