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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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Andre Ellington had a touchdown vultured by Jonathan Dwyer in Saturday night's preseason game against the Vikings.
Ellington started the game and played on the first eight snaps, getting three touches for 21 yards. On a 1st-and-goal from the 4-yard line, he went up the gut and pushed the pile to the 1. Second down was an incomplete fade to Larry Fitzgerald. On third down, Ellington left the field for the first time all game and big back Dwyer easily waltzed into the end zone. It was a clear vulture. Still, Ellington continues to be used on third downs and as an inside runner, giving him an excellent shot at 300 touches. Aug 17 - 10:43 PM

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The Arizona Republic reiterates that the Cardinals "would like to get the ball to (Andre) Ellington 20 or so times a game, but want to limit his carries inside the tackles."

Ellington handled all nine first-team reps in the preseason opener, touching the ball three times while playing on third downs and in the red zone. It's clear Bruce Arians wants his explosive back on the field as much as possible, but understands that inside running is not where Ellington wins. Ideally, the Cardinals will get Ellington the ball in space via 4-5 catches per game and then give him 13-15 carries. Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will have roles between the tackles off the bench. Cardinals radio color analyst Ron Wolfley said multiple coaches told him they want Ellington to be their Jamaal Charles.
Aug 13 - 12:35 PM

The Cardinals plan to limit Andre Ellington's preseason reps.

"Andre is not going to see a whole lot of action this preseason," were the words of coach Bruce Arians. Ellington played all nine of the Cardinals' first-team snaps in Saturday's opener, but it sounds like that's as big as his workload will get. It's further confirmation the Cardinals plan to lean hard on their pint-sized No. 1 back this season. Ellington is an RB2 with high-end RB1 upside.
Aug 11 - 3:52 PM

Andre Ellington handled all nine of the Cardinals' first-team snaps in Saturday's preseason opener.

Ellington finished with just two carries for seven yards and no catches, but his usage was extremely encouraging. He never left the field during Carson Palmer's lone drive, handling inside running work, third downs and red-zone snaps. Ellington, an adept route-runner and pass-catcher, also lined up out wide once in an empty set. The undersized second-year back will obviously need breaks when asked to play more than one series, but this usage suggests Bruce Arians is serious about trying Ellington as something of a bellcow.
Aug 11 - 7:59 AM

Coach Bruce Arians referred to Andre Ellington as a "bellcow in our offense" as the Cardinals began training camp on Friday.

Arians also confirmed Ellington added offseason weight, believed to be as much as ten pounds. Arians seems adamant about Ellington's capability of handling a spiked workload, though we still wouldn't rule out the possibility of more work than expected for either Stepfan Taylor or Jonathan Dwyer, particularly if Ellington struggles early. We don't see Ellington as a 300-carry back.
Jul 25 - 5:11 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim estimated in a Thursday radio interview that Andre Ellington "appeared to add 8-10 pounds" in the offseason.

Ellington's 2013 Combine weigh-in was 5'9/199, so he presumably now stands in at 5-foot-9 and 207-209 pounds. The hope is that Ellington's weight gain doesn't sap burst, as it appeared to do with fellow smaller backs Felix Jones, Steve Slaton, and Ray Rice in recent years. Adrian Peterson, Ryan Mathews, Trent Richardson, and Bernard Pierce are other running backs who gained weight in recent offseasons, and later regretted it. Ellington bulked up in anticipation of a large workload spike. His current ADP is the mid-third round.
Jul 25 - 11:40 AM

ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss believes Andre Ellington will get the call in short-yardage on a "few occasions."

Weinfuss is actually optimistic on Ellington's short-yardage ability, saying the 199-pounder is "capable" of being a "workhorse" there. We're not sure we agree, but more importantly we don't think Bruce Arians agrees. One way the Cardinals can lessen Ellington's workload while still keeping him as a feature back is by giving big backs Jonathan Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor the short-yardage work. How Arians handles goal-line packages will be worth watching closely at camp.
Jul 21 - 8:43 AM

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

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