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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 managed 19 yards on nine carries and eight yards on three receptions in the Cardinals' third preseason game.
Ellington led backfield work with the first-team offense in this one, even executing on an early short-yardage run. He was spelled with the ones by rookie David Johnson, as Chris Johnson (hamstring) was inactive. The Cardinals seem determined to scale back Ellington's workload after he wore down on 20-plus touches per game last season. The Johnsons will play complementary roles behind Ellington. Ellington remains the lead back, but Arizona could end up running a two- or even three-way committee once the season gets rolling. On the ground, Ellington has managed 34 yards on 14 carries (2.43 YPC) this preseason. Aug 30 - 9:50 PM

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Andre Ellington ran the ball twice for 12 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers.

He ripped off an 11-yard run on the opening drive and only saw one more carry after that. He was targeted three times in the passing game but finished without a catch. Ellington is locked in as the No. 1 back ahead of veteran Chris Johnson and promising rookie David Johnson.
Aug 23 - 12:47 AM

The Cardinals' website still expects Andre Ellington to open the year as the team's No. 1 back.

Coach Bruce Arians has opined recent signee Chris Johnson could earn No. 1 duties, but he's likely just trying to light a fire under Ellington, and perhaps third-rounder David Johnson. Although he may be the "starter," Ellington will almost certainly be utilized as a committee back. Arians is stubborn, but we can't imagine a repeat of 2014, where Ellington was repeatedly and fruitlessly slammed into brick walls.
Aug 18 - 4:25 PM

Andre Ellington rushed three times for three yards and a touchdown and caught two passes for 59 yards in the Cardinals' preseason opener.

Recovered from a hamstring injury that cost him just under a week of training camp, Ellington ripped off Arizona's big opening-drive play on a 57-yard reception delivered by Carson Palmer on third down. Ellington capped the possession with a two-yard touchdown run. Along with Palmer and the rest of the starters, Ellington called it a night after just one possession.
Aug 15 - 9:22 PM

Andre Ellington (hamstring) will play in the Cardinals' preseason opener on Saturday.

Ellington missed almost a week with the injury, but he returned to practice on Monday and is nearing 100 percent. Rookie David Johnson (hamstring) and second-year back Marion Grice (hamstring) are not expected to play.
Aug 13 - 2:14 PM

Andre Ellington (hamstring) returned to Cardinals practice Monday.

He missed a little less than a week. Based on its algorithm, the Sports Injury Predictor has pegged Ellington as this year's NFL running back most likely to get injured. You can get more data from the Sports Injury Predictor inside the Rotoworld Fantasy Football Draft Guide, accessible at the link below.
Aug 10 - 4:40 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
4Phillip Sims
RB1Andre Ellington
2Chris Johnson
3David Johnson
4Kerwynn Williams
5Stepfan Taylor
GLB1Robert Hughes
2Andre Ellington
3RB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3Jaron Brown
4Travis Harvey
WR21Michael Floyd
2J.J. Nelson
3Brittan Golden
4Jaxon Shipley
5Trevor Harman
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Darren Fells
3Troy Niklas
4Gerald Christian
5Ifeanyi Momah
K1Chandler Catanzaro