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NFL Cuts 2018: Eagles waive 2017 fourth-round pick they traded up to draft

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So long, Pump.

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The Philadelphia Eagles have seemingly cut second-year running back Donnel Pumphrey based on this tweet.

Pumphrey clearly didn’t turn out to be the player the Eagles envisioned when they traded up in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft in order to select him. Disappointing.

Pump barely made the Eagles’ 53-man roster last year after failing to impress during offseason practices and preseason games. The fact he was dealing with a hamstring injury didn’t help him. Pump ended up on the Eagles’ injured reserve list as a rookie after getting “hurt” in practice one day early in the season.

It looked like Pump might be able to turn things around this year. He was showing some modest signs of improvement during practice. But then Pump re-injured the same hammy that was bothering him back in 2017. As a result, Pump missed the Eagles’ first three preseason games. The fourth running back job was there for the taking but he failed to seize it. The lights were too bright for him.

It’s possible the Eagles might try to stash Pump on the practice squad, assuming he clears waivers. Some other team might take a chance on the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher.


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