When Ellington was drafted in 2013, he came in as the backup to running back Rashard Mendenhall. That quickly changed however.
With Mendenhall’s injury problems and subsequent retirement, Ellington became the number one back in Bruce Arians offense. His problem? That’s right, staying healthy.
The draw with Ellington is his versatility. Not only can he run with the ball, he can catch it too. However Ellington has not been able to consistently stay healthy.
Because of that, the Cardinals needed to find another Ellington in 2015. This is how David Johnson came about in Arizona. Johnson has the same versatility but is bigger and can take bigger hits.
Ellington has backed up Johnson since mid-2015 and has had his moments since then. He’s played sparingly in 2016. He’s rushed for just 78-yards and has 10 receptions for 77-yards.
Meanwhile, running back Kerwynn Williams, who has played in nine games this season, has 97-yards rushing and even has a receiving touchdown. The signs are all over the place that the Cards may be ready to move on from Ellington.