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Donnel Pumphrey kept by Eagles on 53-man roster

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The Philadelphia Eagles are not cutting Donnel Pumphrey. The team will be keeping them on their 53-man roster, according to reports from both Eliot Shorr-Parks and Tim McManus.

Given that the Eagles traded up for Pumphrey in the fourth-round of the 2017 NFL Draft, this news isn’t surprising.

But there was still some question if Pumphrey would make it or not since he really struggled this offseason. Pumphrey completely failed to stand out in the preseason. He finished the summer with 26 carries for 49 yards (1.88 yards per carry) and two fumbles. As a receiver, Pumphrey had 13 receptions for 72 yards (5.5 yards per carry).

Pumphrey failed to show any kind of regular burst or explosion. His longest run went for five yards while his longest catch was 13 yards.

Pumphrey is only a rookie, so maybe he just needs some more time to develop. But he’s certainly not off to a good start in his career.

With news that the Eagles are going to also keep Corey Clement on the 53-man roster, it appears Philadelphia will keep five running backs. That’s a lot. And none of them are good as full-time lead backs.

But that could quickly change. The Eagles are bound to make more roster moves tomorrow. This original 53-man roster won’t be set in stone.