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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 8/13/16.

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Ranking the backup quarterback situations for all 32 teams - ESPN
1) The pipeline of quarterback talent behind starter Sam Bradford includes Chase Daniel, a hand-picked addition this offseason who knows the offensive system new coach Doug Pederson will run, plus Carson Wentz, the second overall pick in 2016. Bradford will likely be a stopgap leading to Wentz, the former North Dakota State QB who is the future for the Eagles.

Winners and losers from the Eagles-Bucs game - BGN
Our reactions to Thursday night's game.

Carson Wentz's first professional game, in GIFs - PhillyVoice
This next play is great. The center snaps the ball too early, and the entire offensive line is beaten. Watch RT Halapoulivaati Vaitai. He doesn't even get out of his stance. There are multiple free rushers coming at Wentz, but he gets outside them and delivers an accurate sideline throw to Paul Turner, who ran his route short of the sticks. Wentz gets no help at all on this play and still almost converts a 3rd and 11.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reviewing Wentz’s First Game - Birds 24/7
"I thought Carson did a great job out there tonight," Bradford said. "I thought he did a great job in the pocket with his movement. He looked athletic and made some tough throws. He made some really smart decisions to throw the ball away when it wasn’t there. I was really impressed with the way he handled himself out there tonight in his first game. "He had a great demeanor. He was really calm. Obviously, I think anyone would be nervous in that position. I know I was nervous before my first start. But he kept it light over there and he was positive. I was really impressed with the way he handled himself tonight."

Just Like the Good Old Days - Iggles Blitz
What was so encouraging is that the defense didn’t look new. Those guys weren’t confused on where to line up and who to cover. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of mental mistakes. You saw players in the right gaps. You saw the front four working together to bring consistent pressure. DBs aggressively came down in run support, but weren’t out of control. Receivers weren’t running by them on play-action passes and getting wide open. The biggest issue was screen passes. The Eagles got burned by those several times. That is something Schwartz and his coaches will work on, but I think they also know that is something they will have to live with. You can’t attack on every snap and also expect your players to sniff out every screen.

Wentz looks promising in debut - Daily News
Last night, two things were clear. One, Wentz has plenty to learn between now and whenever he takes the reins as the Eagles starter. Two, he's got the kind of potential that is going to be difficult to ignore. That potential goes well beyond the measurables. Arm strength, mobility, size: those are easy to see on the practice field. But the biggest reason to think that the Eagles really did land themselves a superstar is Wentz's ability to feel what is happening around him without letting it distract his attention from downfield. Again and again, you saw it against the Bucs. On his second snap, he slid up in the pocket and threw a laser to Zach Ertz for a first down. On his fifth snap, he recognized a blitz coming from his blind side, stood tall in the pocket anyway, and delivered a laser while absorbing a crushing hit. The pass was high, and at its velocity it would have been a difficult catch for Ertz. But it was more about the process that led to the pass.

CB Mills Gets First Taste Of Game Life -
By now the Eagles' position coaches have pored over the game film of Thursday night's 17-9 preseason-opening win over Tampa Bay and have compiled their talking points to the players for Saturday meetings. These are called "teaching points," and there were plenty of them in the opener ...

Steven Means continues to push for roster spot, impresses in preseason opener - CSN Philly
Already with his fourth NFL team since he was drafted by the Bucs in the fifth round out of Buffalo in 2013, Means is no stranger to these training camp battles. The 6-foot-3, 263-pound pass rusher was signed by the Eagles last December after stints on the Ravens' and most recently the Texans' practice squads. With defensive depth a little lacking for the Eagles, Means has a legitimate shot at not only cracking the club's 53-man roster, but carving out a regular role in the rotation.

Jameis Winston, Buccaneers give props to Fletcher Cox and Eagles pass rush - EaglesWire
"Jameis is pretty good about moving in the pocket and stepping up," Koetter said. "There were two times tonight where they came around the back door on the quarterback. That is what defensive linemen are taught to do. It was a good play by those two guys [DTs Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan]."

How did former Eagles QB Mark Sanchez do in Broncos debut? -
His third and final drive of the night went three-and-out. Sanchez finished 10-for-13 for 99 yards and a quarterback rating of 91.5. Siemian took over from there and went the rest of the first. He completed seven of 12 passes for 88 yards for an 81.2 rating.   Paxton Lynch, Denver's first-round draft pick and quarterback of the near future, played the second half and went 6-for-7 for 74 yards and a 110.7 quarterback rating. Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak would commit to a starter for the season, or even next week's game against the San Francisco 49ers and Chip Kelly.

Why My Team Rules: The Philadelphia Eagles - Deadspin
Because they are almost good every year. There’s no thrill greater than being kept on your toes. Exciting! Every Eagles loss is like the emptiness that remains after a vape cloud dissipates—with each puff, you believe again... or at least use the cloud of smoke to distract from the inevitable self-loathing that lies deep within. It never works quite that well. The cloud breaks, the storms return, and that sweet black cherry vape juice you got at Vapordelphia is not enough to forget that we have lost the only two appearances that the shit-ass Eagles made in the Super Bowl. I graduated high school the same year that the Eagles choked against the Patriots in Super Bowl 39, and even if I never showed up to collect my diploma that day, I’d have accomplished more in my short teenage years than the entire Eagles franchise has in their 83-year history. The Eagles can’t seem to do anything right. That’s why they’re the best team in the NFL.

Carson Wentz is in preseason form - SB Nation
Fans were calling for Wentz early in the second quarter, and they weren't disappointed when he finally came in. The rookie showed off some athleticism and gave fans what they wanted. His flip was especially impressive. In reality, Wentz looked a little rough, going 12-for-24 for 89 yards, but it is just the preseason.

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