Former Philadelphia Eagles running back Donnel Pumphrey has found a new NFL home. The Detroit Lions are signing Pumphrey to their PRACTICE SQUAD, according to NFL insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo. ESPN was first to report that Pumphrey was working out with the Lions on Monday.
Pumphrey, 23, was waived by the Eagles on Saturday as Philadelphia trimmed their roster down to 53 players.
Pump was showing some signs of improvement during offseason practices earlier this year. Nothing incredible, but he seemed to be moving in the direction.
Then Pump re-injured the hamstring that landed him on injured reserve in 2017 right before the Eagles’ first 2018 preseason game. He wasn’t able to return to action until the Eagles’ preseason finale. By then, it was much too late for him to win the battle for Philadelphia’s fourth running back spot.
Perhaps Pump will find a way to turn his career around in Detroit. For now, he’ll only be contributing as a practice member.
It seems to say a lot that the Eagles didn’t even want Pump on their practice squad one year after trading up in the fourth round to select him in the 2017 NFL Draft.