Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
1 month ago

Head coach Bruce Arians confirmed that Ellington will start the offseason program working as a wide receiver, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Coming off a season in which he only logged 150 offensive snaps, Ellington is presumably open to any kind of change that could get him on the field more often. He's displayed solid pass-catching skills out of the backfield throughout his career, but he rarely got to put those talents to use last season while fighting with Chris Johnson for whatever scraps were left behind by three-down workhorse David Johnson. Even if the elder Johnson -- currently a free agent -- doesn't return to Arizona, a transition to wide receiver might provide Ellington with his best shot at a consistent role in the offense. It is still possible the team will move him back to running back if he fails to impress out wide, but the most likely scenario features Ellington playing a mixture of the two positions. How much of each he plays will be determined not only by his own performance in offseason workouts and training camp, but also by what the Cardinals do in the upcoming draft.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
1 month ago

The Cardinals are expected to use Ellington as more of a wide receiver than a running back in 2017, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ellington was on the sideline for 1,001 of the Cardinals' 1,151 offensive snaps during the 2016 season, but the impetus was the heavy usage afforded do-it-all running back David Johnson. If Ellington is indeed utilized as a wideout in the fall, he would remove the shackles placed upon him by the presence of Johnson. Helping Ellington's cause is a career catch rate of 67.8 percent, which indicates that success in such a role is plausible. Moreover, the cupboard is suddenly a bit more bare at the position behind perennial top option Larry Fitzgerald.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
1 month ago

Ellington signed a one-year deal Monday to remain with the Cardinals, Kent Somers of AzCentral.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Ellington impressed as a rookie sixth-round pick in 2013, totaling over 1,000 yards and averaging 6.5 yards per touch on offense, but injuries and the emergence of David Johnson have combined to diminish his role in Arizona's backfield since. This past season, Ellington saw merely 46 touches despite playing in all 16 games. While his signing could mean the Cardinals don't bring back Chris Johnson, perhaps clearing him for second-string duties, Johnson being one of the league's best tailbacks doesn't figure to allow Ellington enough opportunities to return to his previous fantasy prominence.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
4 months ago

Ellington handled 34 carries for 96 yards, corralled 12 of 19 passes for 85 yards, and averaged 16.3 yards on 10 punt returns during the 2016 season.

EDGE Analysis

When a team's backfield is populated by a dynamo like David Johnson, touches are difficult to mine, especially with Chris Johnson receiving mop-up duty in his stead. Even when the latter was lost for the season following sports hernia surgery in early October, Ellington was merely a change-of-pace option, with the younger Johnson more often than not gobbling up all the carries on a weekly basis. Head coach Bruce Arians extended Ellington an olive branch in the form of kick-return duty, but the RB didn't make his presence felt in that realm after Week 10. The final nail in the coffin for Ellington's time with the Cardinals was likely the emergence of Kerwynn Williams, who averaged 8.7 YPC over the final four games of the campaign. As an unrestricted free agent once March rolls around, Ellington may have packed up his locker in Arizona for the final time.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
4 months ago

Ellington caught a nine-yard pass in Sunday's loss to the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Ellington's season has officially bottomed out, with just eight combined offensive snaps over the past two weeks. Ellington has reached 20 total yards just twice all year and once since Week 6. The veteran back's output looks all the worse with David Johnson on an all-world pace and Kerwynn Williams showing some big-play ability in recent weeks.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
5 months ago

Ellington rushed five times for five yards in Sunday's win over Washington. He added a 10-yard catch off of two targets.

EDGE Analysis

Ellington was literally running in place at times, but the veteran back can take solace in tying a season high with six touches. It's a small victory in a season that has been spent behind the one of the league's most dynamic young rushers. As David Johnson continues to roll, it's hard to find much space for Ellington to work.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
5 months ago

Ellington was targeted five times Sunday in Atlanta, corralling two for a season-high 19 yards.

EDGE Analysis

In essence, Ellington only takes the field when David Johnson needs a breather, and the latter is one of the NFL's workhorse backs, as he's one of four players with at least 260 touches to this point in the season. Ellington is thus relegated to whatever he can get, which resulted in two receptions in a game for just the second time in the campaign. If status quo reigns in the Cardinals' backfield, he can expect 2-to-3 looks on a weekly basis.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
5 months ago

Ellington carried the ball five times for 21 yards and added two receiving yards in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

EDGE Analysis

The six touches tied a season high for Ellington and his 23 yards were two off his season-high mark. It's the bleak reality of playing behind one of the league's most dominant backs. So long as David Johnson keeps rolling, don't expect for Ellington to turn it around.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
6 months ago

Ellington earned 10 of the Cardinals' offensive snaps Sunday at Carolina, gathering in his sole target for 16 yards.

EDGE Analysis

Outside of one offensive snap in a Week 3 beatdown in Buffalo, Ellington has hovered between six and 14 such snaps per game this season. His touches have thus been limited behind workhorse David Johnson, resulting in 53 yards on 15 carries, 37 additional yards on five receptions, and no touchdowns across eight contests. Ellington has also handled nine of the Cardinals' 12 kick returns, but at a meager clip of 16.7 yards per, so he hasn't been much of a threat to reach the end zone in any capacity in 2016.

Andre Ellington
RB ARI (8)
6 months ago

Ellington compiled seven yards on two carries and couldn't haul in his only target in Sunday's tie with the Seahawks.

EDGE Analysis

Ellington handled 11 of the Cardinals' 95 offensive snaps, which is consistent with his usage over the past three games since Chris Johnson (sports hernia) landed on injured reserve. Strangely enough, Sunday's target was Ellington's first during that stretch, as David Johnson picks up the majority of RB reps for the Cardinals. Ellington thus provides nothing more than the occasional breather for the younger Johnson, making him an untenable option to consider.