Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.
Running it back: The Ravens' 13-6 loss to the Eagles in Thursday night's preseason opener will increase concerns that the team needs to add an experienced wide receiver, a proven right tackle and a backup quarterback. ... Tyrod Taylor has room for improvement after a rocky Ravens debut. ... Paul Kruger was one bright spot for the Ravens. ... The first five batters got hits against starter Chris Tillman, who allowed six runs in two-plus innings and was demoted after the Orioles' loss to the White Sox. ... Brian Matusz, who was demoted to Triple-A in June after a rough stretch in the majors, threw a shutout for Norfolk on Thursday. Hitting the links: 1. Needless to say, Mike Preston was not impressed with the Ravens' performance against the Eagles [ Baltimore Sun] 2. Don Banks also noticed some holes [ SI] 3. Tyrod Taylor had his ups and downs [ MASN] 4. The sloppy Ravens have some work to do, writes John Eisenberg [ CSN Baltimore] 5. Michael Vick was impressive against the Ravens' first-team defense [ Sporting News] 6. The good, the bad and the ugly from the preseason opener [ Baltimore Sports & Life] 7. The good and the bad (but no ugly) from the loss [ ESPN] 8. Bernard Pollard made an impact in his first game with the Ravens [ Ravens Insider] 9. The Ravens took to Twitter to give their thoughts on the loss to the Eagles [ Ravens.com] 10. No love for the AFC North in these division rankings [ FOX Sports] 11. Marshal Yanda had a pretty good offseason [ Anamosa Journal-Eureka Online] 12. The Bills are open to trading Lee Evans, but will the Ravens show interest in the wideout? [ ESPN] 13. Jared Gaither signed with the Chiefs [ Kansas City Star] 14. Would you promote Brian Matusz to replace Chris Tillman? [ Orioles Insider] 15. Is Adam Jones the second-best outfielder in the American League or the second-worst? [ Camden Depot] 16. Keep Mark Reynolds at first base [ Baltimore Sports Report] 17. Buy the bats, lease the arms? [ Orioles Insider] 18. Previewing the upcoming ACC football season [ SI] 19. And the Terps, a top-25 team according to Sports Illustrated, got a preseason primer, too [ SI] 20. Randy Edsall is building a new culture at Maryland [ Annapolis Capital] Video of the morning: I love Kanye West, but that won't stop me from posting this video of him taking a spill [ via Hot Clicks] VIDEO Send me your funny and/or interesting links, photos, YouTube videos, blogs, Tweets, comments, emails, ideas, etc. If I deem them to be worthy for the blog, I’ll give you a plug. You can reach me at Matt.Vensel@baltsun.com and twitter.com/mattvensel.