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Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

Date of Birth:  12/06/1994
Age:  27
Height  5'8"
Weight:   176
College:  San Diego State
Drafted:  2017 | Round 4 | Pick 132
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Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB


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Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

The Eagles signed running back Donnel Pumphrey to a reserve/future contract.

Pumphrey was a 2017 fourth-round pick of the Eagles that spent time with the Lions this year after Philadelphia cut him. Pumphrey will look to carve out a role in the Eagles backfield moving forward, but he has an uphill battle. His draft status as a fourth-rounder could give him a boost, though.

Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

UPDATE: Donnel Pumphrey is signing with Detroit's practice squad.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport just clarified that the signing of Pumphrey was to the practice squad, not the 53-man roster. Pumphrey will have a chance to develop, and he could potentially take a Theo Riddick type of role in the future.

Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

The Lions are signing Donnel Pumphrey, according to NFL Network.

The second-year back was waived by the Eagles ahead of roster cuts over the weekend. The Lions might already have the most-crowded backfield in the NFL with Kerryon Johnson, LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and Ameer Abdullah, so Pumphrey doesn't have any fantasy value at the moment. He might contribute as a returner for Detroit, though.

Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

The Eagles cut Donnel Pumphrey, according to nFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

Pumphrey has dealt with injuries since being drafted by the Eagles last year, so he simply didn't get on the field enough to make the 53-man roster. He'll now hit waivers, but he might return to the Eagles practice squad if no one else claims him.

Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) is unlikely to play this week's preseason game.

Pumphrey has been unable to stay healthy since entering the league last year, and it's difficult to see him making Philadelphia's final roster given the team's depth at running back. The second-year back might end up on the practice squad in 2018.

Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

Eagles rookie running back Donnel Pumphrey has a torn hamstring.

The rookie running back missed practice with a hamstring injury, and Eagles head coach Doug Pederson just said it's a torn hamstring that will keep him out indefinitely. The fourth-round rookie barely made the 53-man roster and was not active in Week 1 against the Redskins. He'll certainly be placed on Injured Reserve, but he probably won't be a designated to return player unless something happens to Darren Sproles. Pumphrey's focus will shift to 2018, as he'll look to make the Eagles roster and perhaps take over for Darren Sproles if he retires as expected.

Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

Donnel Pumphrey shows receiving ability in Week 3 of the preseason.

Pumphrey got his most extensive playing time in his third preseason game, carrying 12 times for 37 yards and adding five receptions for 37 yards. Though huge holes weren't opened up for him, Pumphrey didn't do much at all on the ground. Pumphrey did also fumble a punt, but he quickly recovered it. Despite being drafted in the fourth round, he's in danger of not making the final roster for the Eagles, especially with undrafted rookie back Corey Clement playing very well. Pumphrey have a chance to make another case next Thursday in the team's final preseason game.

Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

Donnel Pumphrey plays behind Corey Clement in team's second preseason game.

Pumphrey rushed three times for negative-three yards, but did catch two passes for 20 yards, showing the ability to make the first defender miss on the perimeter. Corey Clement seems to be in line for work behind LeGarrette Blount, and Pumphrey appears to be blocked by Darren Sproles (who hasn't played this preseason) for a passing-down role. He will likely have to wait until 2018 to be a fantasy factor.

Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

Donnel Pumphrey doesn't do much with nine touches in preseason debut.

The Eagles rookie running back had four carries for five yards and five receptions for 12 yards. He also fumbled when he mishandled a punt (but recovered it). With Darren Sproles in the mix already and fellow rookie Corey Clement impressing, Pumphrey isn't guaranteed to be on the 53-man roster if he doesn't perform well in the preseason.

Donnel Pumphrey | Free Agent RB

The Eagles select San Diego State running back Donnel Pumphrey with the 132nd pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Humphrey was one of the most productive college players of all-time; he has the most rushing yards in FBS history, with 6,405 yards. During his senior season, Pumphrey rushed for 2,133 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also has ability as a receiver, gaining over 1,000 yards through the air in his career. Pumphrey might have slipped because he is undersized, but he should be able to at least have a role as a third down back. Darren Sproles is retiring after this season, so Pumphrey might be able to take his role. The Eagles are thin at running back, especially with Ryan Mathews' (neck) career in question, so Pumphrey will look for a big role as a rookie.