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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/12/16.

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Jim Schwartz's defense passes first test - Inquirer
The starting defense took more snaps than anticipated, particularly in comparison to Pederson's first-team offense - the majority of players were pulled after three plays. But Schwartz appeared to be countering the Bucs' decision to play their starters for about a quarter. He even used his first group of linemen - ends Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, and Connor Barwin, and tackles Cox and Bennie Logan - deep into the second quarter against the Tampa's second offense. Graham flashed early against the run. He blew up one rush and stopped another ballcarrier at the line. Cox and Logan combined to sack quarterback Jameis Winston, who fumbled. Barwin notched a coverage sack later on.

Carson Wentz showed some encouraging signs - BGN
Read more about the Eagles rookie quarterback.

Not Pretty, But Lots to Like - Iggles Blitz
Let’s start with Carson Wentz. There was an electric atmosphere when he came in the game, not just with the fans. Wentz’s teammates were anxious to see what he could do and his presence woke up a sleeping offense. He wasn’t able to cure all the blocking and receiving issues, but Wentz’s sheer talent made a difference on a handful of plays. You very quickly could see the difference in him and someone like Chase Daniel. Or recent draftees like Nick Foles, Mike Kafka and Kevin Kolb. You could see why Wentz was the #2 overall pick. He has big time talent and makes those around him better.

Four Downs: Carson Wentz’s Debut - Birds 24/7
It’s only one game, against some defenders who won’t even make Tampa Bay’s 53-man roster, in a simple scheme that shouldn’t be too difficult to diagnose, but Doug Pederson has to be happy with most of what he saw from Carson Wentz tonight. The rookie quarterback had some expected rough patches — passes sailing high, inconsistent ball placement and a small dose of questionable decision-making — but he showed flashes of talent not everyone possesses. His mobility is what initially stood out, as he consistently escaped pressure and displayed the ability to throw accurate darts on the run. On one play when the snap was way too low and the ball went through Wentz’s legs, he ran backward, picked up the ball and turned a drive-killing loss of 10 or 15 yards into a simple incompletion by eluding a defender. It won’t show up on his highlight tape, but it is a play that would have been much more difficult for Sam Bradford or Chase Daniel.

He outplayed Chase Daniel, but Carson Wentz isn’t ready to be the backup QB just yet - PhillyVoice
Despite all this, Daniel should remain the backup. And here's why: Essentially, Wentz could be the odd man out to start the season, but if Bradford goes down with an injury during a game, it wouldn't be surprising to see the rookie start the following week despite Daniel finishing up the game in which Bradford started before getting hurt. If you don't follow my logic on that one, let's replay it in slow motion.

A Win, And A Lot To Learn From Opener -
It started the right way for the Eagles with two takeaways and two touchdowns, and it ended with a 17-9 win in the preseason opener Thursday night at Lincoln Financial Field over Tampa Bay, and in between there was a whole lot to digest. Some observations ...

Carson Wentz gives fans glimpse of future in Eagles' preseason opener - CSN Philly
It wasn't long before fans at Lincoln Financial Field erupted into chants of "We Want Wentz" during the Eagles' preseason opener. Finally, with 1:19 remaining in the second quarter Thursday night, the franchise's quarterback of the future entered the game. For those hoping to catch just a glimpse of Carson Wentz's potential, he did not disappoint. The second overall draft pick impressed with his toughness and decision-making, and tantalized with his athleticism and arm strength.

Connor Barwin angered by premature reporting of Lane Johnson suspension -
"In reality it's unfortunate that that's even out there," Barwin said, when asked to comment on how teammates are handling the news of Johnson's suspension. "That's not the way it's supposed to work. We'll see what happens, whenever the results come back, the verdict comes in, I don't know how it works and we'll just find out when we find out."

Eagles to debut new stadium seating area, "Tunnel Club" lounge - TBJ
The Philadelphia Eagles have teamed up with corporate sponsor Axalta Coating Systems to create the “Axalta Tunnel Club.” The 1,400-square-foot premium lounge space is located inside the Eagles tunnel at Lincoln Financial Field. The Tunnel Club will be available to premium guests who purchased tickets in the stadium's new seating section on the field level behind the end zone on the southern end of the Linc.

Bucs' 2nd-round kicker missed his 1st NFL kick - SB Nation
Roberto Aguayo never missed an extra point in college.

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