Coffee Companion (8/19): Ravens, former Ravens meet at M&T

August 19, 2011|By Matt Vensel

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:

On a night when three former Ravens return to M&T Bank Stadium, the spotlight on Friday will fall on four new starters making their home debut for the team. ... Joe Flacco said he  thinks of himself as a top-five NFL quarterback. ... Orioles first baseman Chris Davis will continue to rehab his right shoulder rather than have surgery to repair a small tear. ... Ed Norton's birthday wish is for Cal Ripken Jr. to save the Orioles.

Hitting the links:

1. Mike Preston: The Ravens have a few areas to improve, but the most competitive battle is at inside linebacker [Baltimore Sun]

2. Do fans really want Dennis Dixon? And do they actually think the Ravens and Steelers would be trade partners? []

3. The Ravens benefit from all these touchbacks [Sporting News]

4. Lee Evans is trying to get comfortable [MASN]

5. Think Jamaal Charles remembers Terrence Cody? [Baltimore Beat Down]

6. Previewing this week's preseason slate, including Ravens-Chiefs [SI]

7. Here are some players to watch against K.C. [Ravens Insider]

8. Here are 10 more players to watch [CSN Baltimore]

9. A Ravens rookie has ties to the late Sean Taylor [Ravens Insider]

10. Jermaine Lewis talked to TMZ about his arrest [TMZ]

11. Manny Machado is one reason for hope [The Loss Column]

12. But Machado is in no rush to join the Orioles []

13. Is Matt Wieters tired? [Dempsey's Army]

14. Who's the Most Valuable Oriole? [MASN]

15. Taking a look at the Orioles' draft spending [Camden Chat]

16. The Orioles should sign these free agents [Baltimore Sports Report]

17. Mike Leach interviewed Randy Edsall [D.C. Sports Bog]

18. Baltimore lawyer Venroy July handles corporate litigation by day and a speed bag by night [Baltimore Sun]

Video of the morning:

When bobbleheads attack soccer goalies [via Hot Clicks]

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