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Andre Ellington | Running Back

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 199
College: Clemson
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The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers says Andre Ellington has proven to be more durable than the Cardinals thought.
Coach Bruce Arians coddled the 5'9/199 Ellington as a rookie, never giving him more than 15 carries or 35 snaps in a game. But he's changed his tune this offseason, talking up Ellington as a feature back and only rostering replacement-level big backs Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor behind him. It's worth noting that Chris Johnson (5'11/203) and Jamaal Charles (5'11/199) have been two of the game's most durable runners of their era. We don't think the explosive Ellington will hit 300 touches, but 220 carries and 55 catches is very realistic. Jul 3 - 9:41 AM

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The Cardinals' website projects Andre Ellington to handle 20-22 touches per game this season.

Bruce Arians previously projected 25-30 touches per game, though that was obvious hyperbole. 20-22 touches per game is still pretty aggressive, and over a full 16-game schedule would put Ellington at 320-352 touches, in the Marshawn Lynch (337) and Jamaal Charles (329) range. LeSean McCoy led the NFL last year with 366 touches. We still wouldn't be surprised if Jonathan Dwyer and/or Stepfan Taylor became more involved than expected, but if the Cards' website is correct, Ellington could flirt with RB1 value in fantasy leagues.
Jun 29 - 1:23 PM

Andre Ellington did not have more than 15 carries in a game during his rookie year.

Coach Bruce Arians' recent assertion that he expects Ellington to handle "25-30 touches per game" was obvious hyperbole, but it's at least worth examining. Ellington didn't top 17 touches in a single game as a rookie, averaging 13.6 per week. Perhaps Ellington will climb to 17 touches a game in 2014 -- it'd be a win if he stayed healthy on that kind of workload -- but he's highly unlikely to compete for the league lead in touches. The Cardinals need to find a complement. Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor are next up on the depth chart.
May 28 - 11:02 PM

Coach Bruce Arians reiterated Andre Ellington is the Cardinals' "No. 1 back" and is expected to get "25-30 touches per game."

As Rotoworld All-Star turned stud Chris Wesseling put it: "LOL." That would extrapolate to 400-480 touches over 16 games. Chiefs workhorse Jamaal Charles touched the ball 330 times last season. Arians has already expressed concerns with Ellington's ability to handle a big workload. If Ellington flirts with even 250 touches after handling 157 as a rookie, we'd consider it a win. He's on the RB2 radar, especially in PPR.
May 27 - 2:55 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians suggested he plans to remove Andre Ellington in all short-yardage situations.

Ellington is locked into a starting job with Rashard Mendenhall retiring, but the Cardinals want to be careful with how much he's involved in their offense. Both size and durability concerns should prevent Ellington from an every-down role, leaving Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer to compete for short-yardage duties. Ellington had 39 catches as a rookie and is expected to see more of his touches in the receiving game. "His skill set is so unique," Arians said. "He can run the football 30 times a game if you do it correctly, but you’d rather have him have 10 catches and 20 carries. You’ve got to watch that you don’t create too much stuff."
Mar 28 - 5:19 PM

Speaking at the Combine on Friday, coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals "want to build our offense around" Andre Ellington.

Arians also said Ellington has already added 10 pounds since the season ended. Considering Arians has always been a pass-first offensive mind, don't expect Ellington to suddenly become a 20-carry-per-game back. But with Rashard Mendenhall a free agent, Ellington is going to have an opportunity to become the feature back in Arizona. He's an asset in the passing game and could flirt with 50-plus catches and 1,500-plus total yards in 2014. Ellington has serious breakout potential as a sophomore.
Feb 21 - 11:08 AM

GM Steve Keim reiterated that the Cardinals will use multiple backs going forward.

In a bit of encouraging news, Keim said Andre Ellington will get more work. But in the same breath, he said the explosive second-year man won't be "featured." In other words, Stepfan Taylor is going to be in the mix for carries and perhaps free agent Rashard Mendenhall will be re-signed if the price is right. For now, we can't project anything more than 190-220 total touches for Ellington in 2014.
Feb 20 - 11:37 AM

Andre Ellington plans to "put on a little more weight" this offseason in hopes of a larger 2014 role.

"He's just scraping the surface," Carson Palmer said of Ellington, who averaged 5.53 YPC as a sixth-round rookie, caught 39 passes, and scored four all-purpose TDs. Ellington is in a similar situation to Gio Bernard in Cincinnati, in need of his coaching staff to commit to him as a feature back in spite of his smallish (5'9/199) stature. Rashard Mendenhall is a free agent.
Jan 10 - 1:21 PM

Andre Ellington rushed nine times for 30 yards and caught three passes for 12 yards in Sunday's Week 17 loss to the 49ers.

It's a quiet end to a wildly impressive rookie campaign for Ellington. It often seemed like the only one that could stop him was Bruce Arians as the sixth-round steal rushed 118 times for 652 yards (5.52 YPC) with three touchdowns and caught 38 passes for 371 more yards and another score. Ellington doesn't necessarily have prototypical feature back size at 5'9/199, but neither does Jamaal Charles or Chris Johnson. With wideout-like chops in the passing game, Ellington's role should grow significantly in 2014 even if the Cards bring back impending free agent Rashard Mendenhall. If they don't, Ellington is on track to be a superstar as soon next year.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 09:03:00 PM

Andre Ellington rushed 15 times for 64 yards and caught two passes for eight yards in Sunday's Week 16 win at Seattle.

Ellington's 17 touches ties a season-high, but it still wasn't enough. He consistently burst around the Seahawks' impressive front seven, picking up yards that weren't there. Rashard Mendenhall, meanwhile, plodded his way to 63 yards on 21 carries. Still, the coaching staff is starting to come around a little bit as the sixth-round rookie has at least 11 touches in seven straight games. Ellington will need to be featured plenty if the Cardinals are going to beat the 49ers in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 07:32:00 PM

MMQB's Andy Benoit calls Andre Ellington a future "SUPERstar."

It's not a far-fetched proclamation. As a sixth-round rookie, Ellington leads the NFL in yards per carry (5.93) and is showing elite route-running ability when split wide. If coach Bruce Arians takes the chains off and gets Ellington 15-18 touches per game, he's going to become a household name. At 5'9/199, he has similar size to Chris Johnson. Ellington just has to prove to Arians he's durable enough to be a true feature back.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 10:17:00 AM

Andre Ellington (thigh) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Ellington will be good to go Sunday against the Seahawks on the road. It's a brutal matchup for fantasy Super Bowl week. Ellington is just a flex option.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 07:46:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians confirmed Monday he expects Andre Ellington (thigh) to be "fine."

Ellington missed overtime of Sunday's win over Tennessee, but only has a thigh contusion. He should be all systems go for Week 16 against Seattle.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 02:24:00 PM

Andre Ellington said the thigh bruise he sustained in Sunday's win at Tennessee is not serious.

The injury was serious enough that Ellington sat out overtime, so it bears watching. However, it sounds like the explosive rookie will be ready for Week 16. "Throughout the course of the game I took a few hits on it, but I'll be fine," he said. Ellington had 10 carries for 71 yards and four catches for 87 yards on Sunday.
Mon, Dec 16, 2013 09:23:00 AM

Andre Ellington was sidelined in overtime of Sunday's Week 15 win over Tennessee due to a thigh bruise.

Or at least that's what the Cardinals are calling it for now. Dynamic rookie Ellington still ripped off 158 total yards against Tennessee. We suspect he'll miss some practice time and/or reps this week before suiting up for Week 16 at Seattle. Ellington will be a flex option against the Seahawks.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:12:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
4Ryan Lindley
RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
3Jonathan Dwyer
4Jalen Parmele
5Zach Bauman
GLB1Stepfan Taylor
2Jonathan Dwyer
3RB1Andre Ellington
2Stepfan Taylor
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Dan Buckner
5Kevin Ozier
WR21Michael Floyd
2Ted Ginn
3Jaron Brown
4Walter Powell
5Kelsey Pope
WR31Ted Ginn
TE1John Carlson
2Jake Ballard
3Rob Housler
4Troy Niklas
5Darren Fells
K1Jay Feely
2Danny Hrapmann
3Chandler Catanzaro