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Andre Ellington | Running Back | #38

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 199
College: Clemson
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 6 (187) / ARZ
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Andre Ellington rushed twice for 11 yards and caught 3-of-5 targets for 12 yards in the Cardinals' Week 2 win over the Colts.
Ellington played more snaps than Kerwynn Williams and Chris Johnson, but the Cardinals didn't make a proactive effort to get him the ball. Ellington also out-snapped Williams in Week 1 but didn't do anything with the opportunity. Sep 17 - 4:39 PM

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington will be the team's primary back on third downs.

It confirms that Arizona will be using a timeshare in place of injured workhorse David Johnson (wrist). Ellington will be the passing-down back with Kerwynn Williams getting first crack at early downs. Chris Johnson will also be in the mix for carries. It's possible Ellington could eventually become a viable option in PPR leagues but a wait-and-see approach is probably best.
Sep 13 - 7:12 PM

Andre Ellington is No. 4 on the Cardinals' running back depth chart.

He's behind David Johnson, Chris Johnson, and Kerwynn Williams. Coach Bruce Arians did offer up some praise for Ellington following Arizona's second preseason game, where Ellington totaled 51 yards on 11 touches. "He’s healthy for the first time in two years," Arians said. "He showed it on two or three runs (Saturday) and a couple of passes." Ellington remains on the roster bubble.
Aug 14 - 3:54 PM

The Cardinals have moved Andre Ellington back to running back.

With J.J. Nelson as the No. 3 receiver, the return to health by John and Jaron Brown, and drafting of third-rounder Chad Williams, the Cardinals' need at receiver isn't as high as it was before the draft. Fifth-round scatback T.J. Logan was Arizona's only addition behind David Johnson. Coach Bruce Arians wants Ellington to be a tougher runner and not go down so easily. Expect him to be mostly used in space when on the field.
Jun 7 - 2:18 PM

Carson Palmer praised Andre Ellington in his recent transition to wide receiver.

"Everything changes when he’s got to line up and there are 11 guys across the ball and he, post-snap, has to make decisions," Palmer said. "That’s difficult. But he runs really good routes, and the thing that really excites me is, once he gets the ball in his hands, what is he going to do with it? He’s not a receiver, he’s a running back when he has the ball in his hands." Ellington has been learning how to play the slot and could help out in three- and four-wide sets.
May 10 - 10:14 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals are moving Andre Ellington to wide receiver.

Ellington will no longer meet with the running backs and is moving full-time to receiver. Ellington stands 5'9/199 and has always been a plus pass-catcher. He didn't hold up the one season Arizona tried him as a workhorse back. With so many health-related question marks behind aging Larry Fitzgerald, Ellington could carve out a slot role in three- and four-wide sets. Arizona now needs a No. 2 back.
Mar 29 - 11:09 AM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals plan to use recently re-signed RB Andre Ellington "more at wide receiver than running back."

Ellington has a reputation of being more valuable as a pass catcher than runner at this point in his career, but has just 27 receptions over his past 26 games. He's a potential mismatch out of the slot or in the open field, but the Cardinals would probably still be better served by giving those snaps to, you know, an actual receiver. Ellington is only 5-foot-9. The Cards are clearly still in the market for a veteran backup behind David Johnson. Chris Johnson is available.
Mar 14 - 1:21 PM

Cardinals re-signed RB Andre Ellington to a one-year, $905,000 contract.

The one-time ascendant player pencils back in behind David Johnson, though the Cardinals could definitely add another veteran body. Ellington generated a ton of excitement as an elderly 23-year-old rookie in 2013, but quickly proved too brittle at his 5-foot-9, 199-pound size. In theory, he offers play-making ability, but has looked more worn down with each passing season.
Mar 13 - 3:58 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim said he is looking for a complete running back to back up David Johnson.

Chris Johnson, Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, and Kerwynn Williams split the job in 2016. Keim hopes one back can take over the role moving forward. "David puts so much pressure on defenses because of the different things he can do, in terms of schematical mismatches," Keim said. "To have a back out there, whether it's in the draft or free agency, who can do those different things, to me, is very important." Ellington might be able to play that role himself, but like Johnson and Taylor, he is headed to free agency. Arizona will likely address the position in the draft.
Source: ESPN
Mar 2 - 8:13 AM

Andre Ellington carried the ball seven times for 18 yards while securing two-of-three targets for eight yards Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Rams.

He was out-touched 12-9 by Kerwynn Williams. Ellington served as the main handcuff for David Johnson this year but that role didn’t amount to much fantasy significance. He finished the year with just 96 rushing yards on 34 carries. Ellington will test the free agent market for the first time this offseason.
Jan 1 - 9:19 PM

Andre Ellington rushed six times for 19 yards in Arizona's Week 5 win over the 49ers.

He wasn't targeted in the passing game. Ellington was the Cardinals' clear-cut No. 2 back with Chris Johnson on injured reserve, but was limited to breather status as David Johnson had the best rushing performance by any player thus far this season. Ellington is a pure handcuff, one who would be part of a committee were Johnson to go down with injury.
Fri, Oct 7, 2016 12:10:00 AM

Andre Ellington rushed three times for 25 yards and caught 3-of-6 targets for 20 yards in the Cardinals' third preseason game.

Ellington has looked as healthy and quick as ever this August and is a name to keep in mind in case David or Chris Johnson goes down. Ellington is also an intriguing target in Dynasty leagues. He will hit free agency after this year.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 09:17:00 PM

Andre Ellington is listed as the Cardinals' No. 3 running back.

It's obviously not a surprise, but a reminder of the way Ellington's career has stalled. David Johnson is the Cardinals' clear-cut starter, and Chris Johnson is his clear-cut backup. If he can stay healthy — always a challenge — Ellington will catch some passes before heading to free agency as a 28 year old.
Mon, Aug 8, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Andre Ellington will still have a role.

Arians hinted Ellington is firmly behind David and Chris Johnson, but he promised to get him looks. "We'll definitely get him in there," Arians said. "How many touches he gets is going to depends on how all three of them are playing." A free agent after this season, Ellington is likely entering his final year in Arizona.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 03:50:00 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim hinted the team will "move on" from Andre Ellington if he cannot stay healthy this season.

"Andre’s a dynamic player, there’s no doubt about that," Keim said. "We love his skill set, but it’s no secret the guy has had durability problems. As an organization, you have expectations and if a guy doesn’t fulfill those expectations, you may have to move on." Ellington has played just 22 games the last two seasons and was limited in many. With David Johnson expected to be an every-down back, Ellington's role has disappeared. Entering the final year of his rookie deal, this is likely Ellington's final season in Arizona.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 09:00:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
RB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3Andre Ellington
4Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
3RB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
WR21John Brown
2J.J. Nelson
3Chad Williams
WR31J.J. Nelson
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
LT1D.J. Humphries
2John Wetzel
LG1Mike Iupati
2Will Holden
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Daniel Munyer
RG1Evan Boehm
RT1Jared Veldheer
K1Phil Dawson