Arizona Cardinals From A To Z: Andre Ellington


Player profile of RB Andre Ellington as Arizona Cardinals training camp starts July 31st

As we prepare for Arizona Cardinals training camp reporting date of July 31st, it is time for our annual look at the roster player by player.  I look at what they’ve done, where they are now and how I project each player’s status at the end of camp.

We go from A to Z and continue with RB Andre Ellington.  Ellington enters his third season in the NFL with the Cardinals.

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2014 season:  In what was supposed to be a great follow-up to his rookie season in 2013, Ellington did not have the year many expected.  He had a good camp but then had a surprise injury to his foot that was disclosed the week of the first game of the regular season.  He ended up fighting the injury all season, causing him to miss most of practice all season.  Despite the injury to his foot he still managed to run for 660 yards and receive another 46 catches for 395 yards. He had five touchdowns on the ground and two receiving.  His season ended early though due to a hip injury at the end of November.

2015 season projection:  Coach Bruce Arians indicated Ellington will play the same role he did last year.  He will be the featured back.  He should see some relief though from rookie David Johnson, who can essentially fulfill the same role he plays.  As long as Ellington stays healthy and can practice during the week this season, there is no reason why he can’t have between 1,500-2,000 all-purpose yards.

Ellington should have the year we all expected from his last year.  He should get his relief.  Johnson will get the ball as well.  So should Stepfan Taylor.  Ellington appears to be a commodity in fantasy football as well, so there are a number of fans on the same wavelength.  I’d be surprised if Ellington gets the 25-30 touches a game they promised last season.  With all the weapons the Cardinals have, I’d expect it more in the 15-20 range.  He’ll have his games over 20 touches but that will likely be the exception rather than the rule.

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