Every morning, Monday through Friday, blogger Matt Vensel will hook you up with reading material -- mostly on the Ravens but with some other Baltimore sports stuff, too -- to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday. That way he’ll have an excuse to do the same to start his workday, too.
RUNNING IT BACK
Ed Reed looks healthy and was hitting hard against the New England Patriots. ... He also was critical of the replacement officials and Thursday night games. … John Harbaugh will not be fined for bumping an official while trying to call a timeout. … Defensive coordinator Dean Pees stuck up for cornerback Cary Williams. … A Patriots fan who works at Johns Hopkins ignited a firestorm Sunday with an asinine tweet about Torrey Smith.
RAVENS STUFF, BUT NOT FROM US
The team’s website says defensive tackle Haloti Ngata is off to an “MVP-type” start to the season. … John Eisenberg said the Ravens offense found the right kind of balance against the Patriots. … The Ravens won’t sleep on Josh Cribbs. … A trio of players has been rotating into the lineup at outside linebacker. … Courtney Upshaw will play his former Alabama teammate Trent Richardson. … O.J. Brigance continues to be an inspiration.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden hopes to hit on the long ball Thursday night. … Running back Trent Richardson is looking forward to the challenge of playing Ray Lewis. … Browns coach Pat Shurmur said he is a Joe Flacco fan. … Some Browns players are speaking out about the NFL’s replacement officials.
SHAMELESS PLUG(S) OF THE DAY
It took just three games, but Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones has already surpassed the production that the team got from its No. 3 receiver spot last season. His impact extends beyond that.
AWAY FROM THE GRIDIRON
The Orioles got shut out by the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night and have now lost two straight games, but Peter Schmuck says now is not the time to panic. … Dylan Bundy made his Camden Yards debut and pitched a scoreless ninth. … Injured starter Jason Hammel took another step toward a return to the mound. … Maryland big man Alex Len is bulkier and appears poised to have a breakout basketball season for the Terps.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Without peeking, can you name 10 players on the Browns?Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun