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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 5/8/17.

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Eagles' Torrey Smith pays adoption fees of 46 animals at Baltimore animal shelter - Sporting News
Torrey Smith may not play for the Ravens anymore, but he isn't done giving to the city of Baltimore. According to BARCS Animal Shelter in Baltimore, Smith and his wife Chanel paid the adoption fees for cats and dogs — 46 total — at an adoption event on Saturday. They also made an "extra donation" on top of the fees.

Over or under 8.5 wins for the Eagles in 2017? - BGN
Which side are you taking?

Here's what the Eagles' rookie salary cap numbers will be - PhillyVoice
Before the draft even began, salary cap numbers were already in place for every draft slot, from pick No. 1 (which became Myles Garrett, to pick No. 253 (Chad Kelly). Here are the Eagles' rookie salary cap numbers for the next four years, using resources from OverTheCap.com.

Built to Win - Iggles Blitz
The front office decided to get Carson Wentz help. They kept the OL intact and added depth. They signed free agent receivers and drafted a pair of home run threats. They added good backup QBs. The coaching staff returns, with the exception of Greg Lewis, who the Eagles wanted to upgrade. The defense got a couple of pass rushers, a couple of talented rookie CBs and some interesting LB depth. The Eagles should be able to throw the ball better and defend the pass better. That’s what it takes to win in the NFL today.

How much will Derek Barnett, Chris Long, Vinny Curry play for Eagles next season? - NJ.com
Barwin is gone, and the chances are that Marcus Smith won't be seeing 216 snaps next season either. That frees up 926 snaps to be distributed among Long and Barnett. Although the obvious answer seems to be that Barnett will get the majority of those snaps, that might not be the case. Long is coming to the Eagles with the intention of re-establishing himself as one of the best pass-rushing defensive ends in the NFL. He could have returned to the Patriots but decided not to.

Eagles Mailbag: Short leashes, extending Alshon Jeffery, trade for RB? - CSN Philly
If the Eagles go 8-8, I think everyone will be back. Even though 8-8 might be disappointing to fans, it would be an improvement by a game from 2016. The way Howie Roseman, and even Jeff Lurie, have talked this offseason makes it seem like the leash is decently long. Lurie preached patience. Firing a head coach after a one-game improvement wouldn't line up with that. But let's say the Eagles lose more than nine games or if Carson Wentz takes a step in the wrong direction. Then, maybe the Eagles think about making a switch. After all, Wentz and Pederson are tied and if Pederson can't help Wentz reach his potential, what good is he?

As Eagles build around Wentz, '18 might not be so bright - News Journal
The Eagles have the right idea to build their team around quarterback Carson Wentz. He’s the Eagles’ franchise quarterback, and you can definitely buy the notion that he didn’t have much to work with last season. So the Eagles’ plan is to build a core of young players to develop around Wentz, thus making the Eagles into a perennial playoff team. And if that’s the logic, then it’s worth examining what the Eagles of 2018 might look like. The Eagles’ draft strategy was somewhat predicated on this, as they took cornerback Sidney Jones in the second round, even though he’ll probably miss the season with a torn Achilles.

Monday: Watch Jon Dorenbos Perform Live - PE.com
On Monday night at the Merriam Theater, Dorenbos will perform in the finals of a competition, but nothing is on the line for him. Instead, the focus will be on the talented contestants who are competing to become members of the 2017 Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders. Hundreds of cheerleader hopefuls attended the Open Call Auditions back in March. After multiple elimination rounds, only 60 women remain.

Riley Cooper likely a long shot to make the team in Tampa - PFT
Receiver Riley Cooper, out of football for a full season, has received a chance to make the team in Tampa. It’s a chance in theory; it’s a long shot in reality. The Buccaneers currently have an abundance of receivers, from Mike Evans to DeSean Jackson to Adam Humphries to rookie Chris Godwin to seven other players already deemed good enough to have spots on the 90-man roster. If Cooper has made a significant impression on coach Dirk Koetter, Koetter is keeping his cards close to the vest.

What Colin Kaepernick's activism means to the nonprofits he supports - SB Nation
Kaepernick’s involvement with 100 Suits, a nonprofit that helps people who have been released from prison get back on their feet, means a lot more than the sum of his donation.

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