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Andre Ellington | Running Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 199
College: Clemson
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Andre Ellington is dealing with a "tight" hamstring.
It's obviously not a major issue, but a reminder of Ellington's fragility, and the absurdity of coach Bruce Arians' claim that Ellington will handle 20 weekly touches this season. Ellington simply isn't durable enough to be a full-time back, and the sooner the Cardinals realize as such, the better. It should be noted that rookie David Johnson is nursing a tight hammy, as well. Aug 3 - 2:16 PM

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Sunday he envisions Andre Ellington handling 20 touches per game this season.

Arians emphasized that Ellington's touches will involve receptions, and not just carries. Ellington handled over 22 touches per game last season, but averaged an anemic 3.3 yards per carry and broke down physically, ending the year on injured reserve. The Cardinals are miscasting Ellington as a true feature back. Rookie David Johnson will make his case for a backfield role in preseason games. Johnson is essentially a bigger, more athletic version of Ellington with arguably even more-dynamic pass-catching ability.
Aug 2 - 2:48 PM

The Cardinals' official site says Andre Ellington "remains the linchpin" at the running back position.

Ellington is healthy and will head to camp as the first-string running back. But he's coming off a 3.28 YPC season and the Cardinals used the No. 86 overall pick on a player with a similar skill set in David Johnson. Expect Ellington to hold off Johnson for lead back duties, but he won't come close to the volume he saw last year (20.5 touches per game).
Jun 15 - 7:58 AM

Andre Ellington has reportedly looked 100 percent during Cardinals OTAs.

Per beat writer Mike Jurecki, Ellington is "showing his elusive quickness in the OTA workouts." Ellington flopped as Arizona's feature back last season -- he averaged an alarmingly poor 3.28 yards per carry -- though his proponents believe the ineffectiveness can be blamed on myriad injuries. Ellington will try to hold off athletic phenom David Johnson for lead-back snaps this season.
Jun 8 - 4:06 PM

Andre Ellington has resumed making "all" cuts after playing through a foot injury in 2014.

Ellington is rehabbing from foot and hip injuries, in addition to sports hernia surgery. It's not an exaggeration to say his body fell apart in 2014 when tasked with a 20-plus touch-per-game workload. "It's like night and day," Ellington said of the way he feels now. "During the season I was limited on some cuts going to the right, pushing off my left foot. I'm close to doing a lot of things I've done in the past. Just (this week) I was able to do all my cuts and put a lot more pressure on my foot." Ellington's 2015 workload will be challenged by rookie David Johnson.
May 10 - 4:57 PM

Following the draft, coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington "will continue in his same role."

The Cardinals did not come away with the true big back everyone expected them to. Instead, they took Northern Iowa's David Johnson -- another back that specializes in the receiving game. It's insurance behind Ellington, not someone that will threaten to steal a big chunk of work. "The nice thing David can do is he can do everything Andre does, so you don’t have to change if there was an injury," Arians said. It's a clear win for Ellington stockholders in fantasy.
May 3 - 11:24 AM

Speaking Thursday, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington was "95 percent recovered" from his foot injury.

Ellington is also in the final stages of his recovery from sports-hernia surgery. Ellington was a breakout candidate last season, but wasn't the same after injuring his foot in a Week 1 practice. A disappointing campaign followed, and now the Cardinals are openly pursuing a bigger back. There's a chance Ellington's 2015 fantasy appeal is limited to PPR leagues.
Apr 23 - 2:09 PM

Andre Ellington forced just 20 missed tackles on 247 touches last season.

Out of 18 running backs who accounted for at least 50 percent of his team's attempts, Ellington received by-far PFF's worst "elusive rating." It's just another sign that the Cardinals can't rely on 199-pound Ellington as their backfield workhorse. He's a change-up back and complementary piece to use in space, not a foundation runner who can bang it between the tackles. Arizona would love for Georgia RB Todd Gurley to be there at No. 24 overall in the draft.
Apr 1 - 11:20 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals would "like to have a bigger back."

The Cardinals asked Andre Ellington to be their workhorse last season, a role his 199-pound frame was ill-equipped to handle. His yards per carry dropped off a cliff with a heavier workload, which strongly suggests Ellington is more suited for a change of pace role. The Cardinals have shown interest in Adrian Peterson but it's more likely they address running back in the draft.
Mar 25 - 10:33 AM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he wants Andre Ellington to get "bigger and stronger" in the weight room this offseason.

Listed at 199 pounds last season, Ellington was asked to touch the ball 20.5 times per game. A preseason foot injury didn't help, but he wore down under that workload, averaging a horrific 3.3 YPC. Keim and Bruce Arians have both said they want Ellington to remain their feature back and focal point of the offense, but staying healthy is going to be a concern. We've also repeatedly seen added bulk have a negative impact on running backs, especially those that rely so heavily on speed and quicks.
Feb 23 - 9:14 AM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington is "still the focal point of the offense."

That's good to know, though we're more concerned about Ellington's health. The 26-year-old was hampered by a split tendon in his left foot for all of the 2014 season and recently underwent sports hernia surgery. Having the whole offseason to heal should allow Ellington to improve on the measly 3.3 yards per carry he averaged in 2014. But questions remain if the 199-pound Ellington can make it through the season as a "focal point" without getting hurt. The 20.5 touches per game he averaged last year took a major toll.
Feb 19 - 10:31 AM

Andre Ellington (sports-hernia surgery, foot) has resumed running.

It's further proof that Ellington will avoid foot surgery. Barring setbacks, he should be a full participant in Arizona's offseason program. It's nice to see Ellington getting back to full health, but he'll be a candidate to break down again next season if the Cardinals ride him the way they did in 2014. Ellington's 5-foot-9, 199-pound frame appears ill-suited to the monstrous workloads coach Bruce Arians insisted he handle.
Jan 15 - 1:57 PM

Andre Ellington (sports-hernia surgery, injured reserve) is expected to avoid foot surgery.

It was Ellington's hip/hernia that officially landed him on I.R. Monday, but his foot has been an issue since Week 1. The Cards didn't take it easy on their second-year back, dialing up 22 weekly touches before he fell apart against the Falcons in Week 13. The heavy workload was mostly good news for fantasy owners, but could affect Ellington's long-term durability. A pint-sized 5-foot-9, 199 pounds, Ellington may not have a long shelf life in dynasty leagues.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 02:37:00 PM

Cardinals will place Andre Ellington (hip, sports hernia, foot) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Ellington is headed to Philadelphia to meet with a specialist this week, usually the sign that sports hernia surgery is on the horizon. He's also battled a foot injury since Week 1 and suffered a hip pointer in Week 13. Perhaps it was too big a workload for the undersized Ellington, who averaged 20.5 touches per game at a listed weight of 199 pounds. The crumbling Cardinals will have to move forward with an ugly committee of Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice and Kerwynn Williams. Ellington's YPC plummeted from 5.52 as a rookie to 3.28 this season, and he produced just five touchdowns in 12 games.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:37:00 PM

Andre Ellington (hip) is officially inactive for Week 14 against the Chiefs.

Ellington's hip injury is worse than originally believed, and there is some talk he will be shut down for the season. Stepfan Taylor, Marion Grice and Robert Hughes will form a underwhelming committee with Ellington sidelined. Arizona also declared S Tyrann Mathieu, G Paul Fanaika, DE Kareem Martin, DT Ed Stinson, G Anthony Steen and DT Alameda Ta'Amu inactive for Week 14.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 02:35:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
4Chandler Harnish
5Phillip Sims
RB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
3Kerwynn Williams
4Stepfan Taylor
5Marion Grice
GLB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
3RB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3J.J. Nelson
4Ryan Spadola
WR21Michael Floyd
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Jaxon Shipley
5Trevor Harman
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Darren Fells
3Troy Niklas
4Gerald Christian
5Ifeanyi Momah
K1Chandler Catanzaro