The Eagles’ apparent need for a running back has hit new heights it seems. The team announced today that their former fourth round pick, Donnel Pumphrey, has been signed to the practice squad.
Pumphrey was cut from the team this year after being unable to show anything that would warrant keeping him around when depth and production was so plentiful. Those circumstances have changed however and the former San Diego State rusher is back with the team who traded up to draft him two years ago.
As the only player in FBS history with at least 5,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards, Pumphrey shattered school records, passing Marshall Faulk’s records in his final season. With six 200+ yard rushing games under his belt and 14 of 150+, production is not something that evades Pumphrey, but neither is durability. The agile runner not only had 349 rushing attempts which was no.1 in the nation in his final season at SDSU, he had two straight seasons of 300 plus attempts.
When he hit the NFL however, things changed. A dismal first preseason and an injury that ended his rookie year before it had a chance to get going was followed up by an encouraging offseason that unfortunately fell off the Ladder once again due to constant nagging injuries, resulting in just one preseason carry.
Needs must however and Pumphrey is an Eagle once again. Is he one step closer to taking his first ever NFL snap?
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