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Inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge Raises More Than $2.5 Million For Autism Research - PE.com
The Philadelphia Eagles are thrilled to announce that the inaugural Eagles Autism Challenge raised more than $2.5 million for innovative autism research and programs, thanks in large part to the more than 3,300 participants who came out to bike, run, and walk on Saturday, May 19. One hundred percent of participant-raised funds from the charity event will be directed to the groundbreaking research being conducted at three nationally recognized institutions: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.

Softball event shows Carson Wentz starting to flex his off-field muscle as a Philadelphian - Daily News
Wentz announced that his foundation has raised about $260,000 in two months for a youth sports complex in Haiti, and that he would be matching that sum. Wentz also unveiled, in partnership with The Connect Church in Cherry Hill, his new food truck, “Thy Kingdom Crumb,” painted kelly green, which he hopes will distribute free food to the needy once a week or so, starting in August, from different locations, including colleges.

Taking stock of the biggest questions marks on the Eagles’ roster - BGN
The newest edition of BGN Radio is here! (Episode #316). In this Stone Cold episode, we review what we’ve seen at Eagles OTA practices, discuss several positions of interest, Brandon Brooks’ comments about Bill O’Brien, and much more.

Carson Wentz can’t participate in softball event, but pleased with rehab - NBC Sports Philadelphia
Just like he was for Super Bowl LII a few months ago, Carson Wentz was again a spectator on Friday night at the inaugural AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game at Citizens Bank Park. In a press conference before the home run derby, Wentz admitted he took a few swings in the batting screen and even hit two home runs. But he wasn’t allowed to participate in the derby or the game for his own event. “A little bit,” Wentz said when asked if it was hard to miss his own event, “but not quite as hard as not playing in practice right now and going full-go. We’ll be out there next year.”

Eagles will have some extra salary cap space to play with, effective June 2 - PhillyVoice
In the case of Kendricks, while the Eagles released him prior to June 1, each team can designate one player cut prior to June 1 as a “June 1 release.” They just don’t see the savings until June 2. Had they opted not to use that designation, they would have saved $4.4 million in 2018. With a June 1st release, they’ll save $6 million in 2018, but $1.6 million in dead money will count toward the Eagles’ cap in 2019. In other words, it’s still only a savings of $4.4 million overall, but they get a little extra immediate relief, while putting off the $1.6 million hit until the following year Got it? Yes? No? Well, anyway, moving past the nerd stuff and onto the fun stuff, what will the Eagles do with their newfound money?

Jay Ajayi focused on diet, fitness as he eyes Eagles’ lead role - ESPN
But early returns show that it wasn’t all play for the 24-year-old. When asked who came back from the break looking physically impressive, the first person coach Doug Pederson mentioned was Ajayi, saying that he showed up in “great shape, great health.” The extra steps he’s taking appear to be paying off. Ajayi told reporters at his locker stall following practice Tuesday that he has hired a personal chef to get his diet right, and brought his trainer to Philly with him this offseason to ensure that his downtime is maximized. It’s all part of an effort to set himself up well for an all-important season, both personally and for the franchise.

The top eight slot cornerbacks for 2018 - PFF
Patrick Robinson, New Orleans Saints. After a terrific season for the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles, Robinson returns to his initial NFL team to bolster a defense that improved from 30th in our rating system in 2016 to seventh a season ago. With Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley already solid players on the outside, Robinson should be able to stay inside and play the role that saw him allow only a 65.2 passer rating on 55 slot targets in Philly. That will be a substantial upgrade over Kenny Vaccaro (96.2), Vonn Bell (122.9) and P.J. Williams (98.6), who all struggled in that role during the course of the Saints’ improvement defensively in 2017.

The Five NFL Players Who Really Need a Bounce-Back Year - The Ringer
QB Joe Flacco, Ravens. Flacco remains the Ravens’ starter for one reason, and one reason only: his contract. In each of the last three seasons, Flacco (whose deal was restructured and extended in 2016 in order to lighten the salary cap load for the team) has accounted for $14.6 million (12th among QBs), $22.6 million (fourth), and $24.5 million (first) in cap dollars, respectively. And in that time, he has been one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league. Among the 39 quarterbacks with at least 400 attempts since 2015, Flacco ranks a somewhat respectable 17th in passing yards (10,249) and 19th in touchdowns (52), but the rest of his stats paint a grim picture: He’s 33rd in interceptions (40); 32nd in passer rating (just behind Blake Bortles); and 37th in yards per attempt (just behind Brock Osweiler at 6.27).

Browns coach Hue Jackson finally did his plunge into Lake Erie for going 0-16 - SB Nation
Jackson promised he’d jump into Lake Erie if the Browns didn’t turn things around in 2017. On Friday, he lived up to his end of the deal.

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