Once the pads go on, it’s a whole new story in the NFL as we’ve learned once again watching the running back picture unfold for the Eagles. In the spring, minus pads and with no tackling, fourth-round pick
When Training Camp opened and the preseason followed, the story changed. Clement was the one who showed the most with the ball in his hands and Pumphrey worked to find his niche.
Both made the 53-man roster, but Clement was the one who dressed for the opener at Washington. Pumphrey was inactive, on the sidelines, as the Eagles won 30-17.
The story took a new twist this week when Pumphrey went on Injured Reserve with a torn hamstring that he suffered in practice. Clement, meanwhile, said he had his practice reps increase and even took some with the starting offense.
So as the Eagles prepare for Week 2 in Kansas City, a rookie running back has a chance to make an impact on special teams for sure, as he did in his debut, and perhaps in the offense. It’s just that the rookie running back isn’t Pumphrey, the all-time leading ground gainer in NCAA history.
It’s Clement, the guy who didn’t draw a sniff in seven rounds of the spring draft.
Funny how the picture keeps changing, isn’t it?
“I’m just ready for whatever they want me to do,” Clement said. “Playing special teams is a big part of the game and I just wanted to go out there and give it my all and try to make a difference.”
Clement made two tackles on…
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