The Philadelphia Eagles bring back prodigal son Donnel Pumphrey

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After two months away from the team, the Philadelphia Eagles have re-signed Donnell Pumphrey to their practice squad. But are more moves still to come?

Philadelphia Eagles fans, your prayers have been answered.

After watching The Birds blow a 17-0 lead in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers while only running the ball once over the final 15 minutes, it’s clear that Duce Staley‘s running backs corp could use a fresh face to help get things back on track.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome back former fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey.

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Now granted, this is far from the game-changing move I assume many fans were hoping for, especially when you consider that Pumphrey was just signed to the Eagles practice squad, not even to the active roster, but this move does present a good bit of upside.

Yes, really.

After showing a few minor flashes of growth in the preseason, albeit in only one game, I was of the mindset that retaining Pumphrey was a good idea, as another year of seasoning could be enough to transform him into the Darren Sproles clone Philly has been missing all season.

While this didn’t initially happen, as Pump instead opted to sign with the Detroit Lions‘ practice squad, and flirted with a potential opportunity of the New York Jets, it’s nice to finally have him back in the fold.

If the Eagles’ offensive backfield were to suffer another season-ending injury, it’s nice to know they now have a player in-house who could step up and play right away, without having to learn a brand new offensive scheme.

But let’s not kid ourselves, while this move should be considered a good one, regardless of how you feel about Pumphrey, as retaining draft picks is paramount in building a strong, winning culture, if the Eagles are going to make waves this season, they need to make another move.

Regardless of how you feel about the addition of Amari Cooper to the Cowboys, whether you think the move could shake up the NFC East or could set the team back moving forward, it’s clear Dallas is trying to get better right now, and they may have done so at the expense of the Eagles (more on that here).

If making the playoffs this season is important to the team, the Eagles need to prove it.

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Now I’m not talking about making some crazy trade that cannibalizes premium draft picks, or ties up future cap space for a role player, but if winning now is the Philadelphia Eagles priority, bring back Donnel Pumphrey should be the first in a series of moves, not an isolated incident.