Coffee Companion (8/12): What they're saying about the Ravens

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]

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