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38 Andre Ellington RB
Height/Weight: 5-9/199 | Birthdate: 2/3/1989 | Birthplace: Moncks Corner, SC, USA | Team: Arizona | College: Clemson | NFL Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 97/82 | Average Draft Position: 31.27
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Andre Ellington "an every-down back"


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Cardinals running backs coach Stump Mitchell said Andre Ellington does not have to come off the field in any situation. "He can do it all," Mitchell told the Arizona Republic.

"He's a great route runner. He's excellent in terms of vision and the ability to catch and the ability to cut. He's very serviceable as a pass blocker. He can stay in and be an every-down back, which a lot of teams don't do nowadays."


Cardinals targeting 20 touches per game for Andre Ellington


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) The Cardinals would like running back Andre Ellington to get 20 touches per game but want to limit his carries inside the tackles, reports the Arizona Republic. "He's more dangerous 'in space' as a receiver, plus they want to keep him healthy the entire season," the paper said.


Cards to limit Andre Ellington's preseason work


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2014) The Cardinals don't want to take chances with starting running back Andre Ellington. According to the team's website, Ellington might see a little more work in the second preseason game but the overall goal is to get him to the regular-season opener fresh and healthy.

"Andre is not going to see a whole lot of action this preseason," coach Bruce Arians said. Ellington had two carries in the preseason opener.


Andre Ellington limited to two touches in exhibition game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington was limited to two touches during Saturday's preseason opener at home against the Texans.

Ellington got the start and worked only one drive. He had a 1-yard run in the first play of the game and then broke for a 6-yard run. He finished with two carries for 7 yards.

Andre Ellington back at practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, who had been bothered by a minor neck injury, returned to practice Friday, reports the team's website.

Andre Ellington now expected back Friday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington missed the past two practices with what the team calls a minor neck injury. He is expected back Friday after Thursday's off day, according to the team's website.

Ellington initially was expected to return Wednesday, but the team held him out.


Andre Ellington should return Wednesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington missed Tuesday's practice with a neck issue, but coach Bruce Arians told reporters he expects Ellington back on the field Wednesday.

Andre Ellington 'ready to be a bell cow'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said running back Andre Ellington is "ready to be a bell cow" in this offense, reports the team's website. Ellington added about 10 pounds in the offseason to prepare for a bigger workload.

Cardinals GM: Andre Ellington bulked up this offseason


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) By general manager Steve Keim's estimation, Cardinals running back Andre Ellington gained eight to 10 pounds in the offseason. Keim said so during a radio interview with Fox Sports 910. 

These remarks make sense considering Arizona is expected to give Ellington short-yardage work this season. Ellington, one of the faster running backs in the league, weighed in at about 200 pounds last season and rushed for 652 yards on 118 carries. 


Andre Ellington could get short-yardage work


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) The Cardinals are expected to use Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer in short-yardage situations this season ahead of starter Andre Ellington, but Ellington might not lose all that work, reports ESPN.

Per the report, Ellington "is capable of being a short-yardage workhorse, but I don't see Cardinals coach Bruce Arians using him there all the time. I think Ellington will certainly get the call on a few occasions."

Ellington is already expected to be used on first and second down and play a big role as a receiver. He will get limited work in short-yardage situations, but this report is encouraging.


Bruce Arians wants to give Andre Ellington 25-30 touches per game


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians described Andre Ellington as a No. 1 back and said he expects Ellington to receive 25-30 touches per game, reports Fox Sports. While those numbers are surely hyperbole, they're an indication Arians believes Ellington can handle a major workload.

Ellington got 157 touches as a rookie, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per catch.


Cards' ideal stat line for Andre Ellington: 10 catches, 20 carries


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expounded this week on his plan to build the offense around second-year running back Andre Ellington.

"He is still not a guy who you will pound up the middle 30 times a game and survive," Arians said at the NFL owners meetings. "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 and let Stepfan Taylor or (Jonathan) Dwyer have the rest of the carries."

As excited as he is about Ellington, Arians said the offense must be diverse.

"You've got to watch that you don't create too much stuff and then he sprains an ankle and you don't have any offense because you put too much in one basket," Arians said. "You still have to have your cinch-it-up, grind-it-out football.”


Arians wants to build offense around Andre Ellington


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/21/2014) While the Cardinals won't commit to making him their feature back, it sounds like Andre Ellington will have a shot at a big role in 2014. That's after coach Bruce Arians told the official team website Friday that the team wants "to build our offense around him."

Arians also disclosed that Ellington has already added 10 pounds of muscle to his frame; the team indicated that they wanted him to bulk up without losing any speed. 

Basically playing the smaller role in a tandem with Rashard Mendenhall last year, Ellington had 652 yards on 118 carries (5.5 avg.) with three touchdowns and eight runs for 20-plus yards. He also had 39 catches for 371 yards (9.5 avg.) with a score. 


Cards GM: Andre Ellington won't be 'featured' back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said Andre Ellington will get more work in 2014, but won't be the "featured" back as the team plans to use multiple running backs. Keim praised Stepfan Taylor's power as a nice complement to Ellington's speed.

Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry as a rookie splitting carries with Rashard Mendenhall, a free agent who's not expected to return.


Report: Andre Ellington to be every-down back


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2014) The Cardinals' Andre Ellington, who averaged 5.5 yards per carry as a rookie, will be the team's every-down running back in 2014, reports Fox Sports 910. However, the report adds, Ellington (5-9, 199) needs to add weight in the offseason after wearing down late in the year.

Ellington already has said he plans to bulk up in preparation for a bigger role. He accounted for 1,023 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns while splitting time with Rashard Mendenhall.

Mendenhall will be an unrestricted free agent.


Arizona's running backs held in check in finale


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) Cardinals running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Andre Ellington each did little with their respective carries during Sunday's loss to the 49ers in Week 17.

Both running backs shared the load again, as Mendenhall finished with a 10 carries for 47 yards (4.7 yards per carry) while Ellington rushed for 30 yards on nine carries, averaging 3.3 yards per attempt.

Mendenhall finished the year with 217 carries for 687 yards with eight touchdown. Ellington nearly racked up just as many yards in nearly half of the carries. He had 118 carries for 652 yards with three touchdowns on the ground.

Andre Ellington, Rashard Mendenhall facing stingy run defense


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2013) Cardinals running backs Andre Ellington and Rashard Mendenhall could have some issues in a difficult matchup against the 49ers at home in Week 17.

Ellington had 15 carries for 64 yards (4.3 yards per carry) in Week 16 against Seattle. He has 109 carries for 622 yards and three touchdowns on the ground this season. Mendenhall had 21 carries for 63 yards (3.0 yards per carry) against Seattle and has seen the bulk of the opportunities in the red zone. He has 207 carries for 640 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground this season.

Both running backs will tackle a stingy San Francisco defense that has allowed only 96.8 yards per game on the ground, which is the fifth fewest allowed this season. Opposing running backs have averaged 15.40 Fantasy points per game this season. Both running backs should be viewed as low-end options for Week 17.

Andre Ellington limited to 64 yards on the ground


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, who had 158 total yards his last time out, worked past a thigh injury and was held under 65 yards on the ground during Sunday's win at Seattle in Week 16.

Ellington broke for a 26-yard run in the first quarter for his longest gain of the afternoon. He shared the load with Rashard Mendenhall and finished the game with 15 carries for 64 yards (4.3 yards per carry). He also caught two of his three targets for 8 yards in a 17-10 victory.

Ellington will try to get back on track in Week 17 against the 49ers. He rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown his last time out against the 49ers this season.

Nine injured Cardinals get the green light for Week 16


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) The Cardinals have ruled wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (concussion), tight end Rob Housler (groin), quarterback Carson Palmer (ankle, right elbow), linebacker Matt Shaughnessy (groin), defensive back Justin Bethel (wrist), linebacker Karlos Dansby (foot), running back Andre Ellington (quadriceps), wide receiver Michael Floyd (ankle) and running back Rashard Mendenhall (finger) active for Sunday's contest against Seattle in Week 16.

Andre Ellington probable Week 16


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington is probable Week 16.

Ellington is dealing with a thigh injury. He was limited during Wednesday's practice, but was able to practice in full Thursday and Friday.


Andre Ellington puts in limited practice


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington, who bruised his thigh in the win at Tennessee, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday. He's on track to play Sunday at Seattle.

Andre Ellington doing a lot with limited touches


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/17/2013) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington finished Week 15 with 158 total yards, including seven gains of 10 or more yards. But he had two touchdowns snaked from him by Rashard Mendenhall, leaving his point total at 15 in standard leagues. 

Since Week 10 -- and excluding his Week 13 inactive -- Ellington has seen between 11 and 14 touches in every game. He has gained 60 or more yards in all but one of the five games in that span. In his last two, Ellington has scored an average of 13 Fantasy points in standard leagues, with double digits in both. 

While the Seahawks have been tough on opposing running backs lately (five straight games allowing 15 or fewer total Fantasy points to a team's running backs), Ellington should be able to do some damage in the pass-catching game. The Seahawks have allowed opposing running backs to accrue 50 receiving yards in three of the last six games. The haven't allowed a touchdown since Week 7, but have given up 38.1 receiving yards per game to running backs since then.

Ellington is still a backup, but is a decent option in a very deep (16-18 team) league. Think Montee Ball-ish. His owners know what they can expect from him, as he's been given consistent touches over a string of games. The Seahawks are a tough defense, but Ellington's ability to pass-catch gives him a minor boost in Week 16. 


Coach expects Andre Ellington to be OK


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Cardinals coach Bruce Arians expects running back Andre Ellington to be fine after suffering a thigh bruise during Sunday's game at Tennessee. Arizona plays at Seattle Week 16.

Andre Ellington totals 158 yards, leaves with thigh bruise


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Cardinals rookie running back Andre Ellington caught four passes for a season-high 87 yards and ran 10 times for 71 yards in the Week 15 win at Tennessee. But Ellington gave way to Rashard Mendenhall in goal-line situations, watching Mendenhall score twice from 1 yard out.

Ellington had gains of 13, 26, 15, 22, 14, 11, and 38 yards, the last when he lined up in the slot and caught a dart between two defenders. On his 22-yard run, Ellington looked trapped behind the line before busting free. 

Ellington, who was targeted five times, could not finish the game. He left with a bruised thigh and was not on the field for the winning drive in overtime. Ellington's status heading into Week 16 at Seattle will be updated throughout the week.


Cards' probables suit up


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (knee) and guard Paul Fanaika (back) are active for the game at Tennessee after being listed as probable on the injury report. Ellington ran 11 times for 46 yards and a touchdown last week vs. the Rams.