The Cardinals plan to run Andre Ellington primarily at WR in 2017, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. Altering Ellington's role certainly makes sense. He has struggled to hold up physically in the backfield, and David Johnson emerged as 1 of the NFL's best RBs -- and an all-situations player -- last season. Ellington showed his playmaking chops most prominently while splitting the backfield with Rashard Mendenhall in his rookie campaign. Getting his skills on the field should help the offense. Somers reports that Ellington will still see some RB work. The question, of course, will be whether he can find enough touches to gain fantasy relevance. We're not betting on it. More likely, Ellington will flash with a few nice fantasy lines driven by big plays but be too inconsistent to be worth owning. We'd bet on Arizona also adding backfield depth. RB Chris Johnson's a free agent.
The Buccaneers have reached a deal with RB Andre Ellington. The 30-year-old started his career in Arizona under new Bucs HC Bruce Arians. They showed us then that Ellington's not a workhorse. There's room for him to work into a Tampa committee, however. Last year's 2nd-round pick, Ronald Jones, returns, and Peyton Barber (a restricted free agent) will likely remain in the mix. Signing Ellington certainly shouldn't keep the Bucs from making any other backfield moves this offseason. We'll see what this depth chart looks like after the NFL Draft and early free agency.
The Texans claimed RB Andre Ellington off waivers. While he's a capable pass-catching back, landing with a team quarterbacked by Tom Savage makes Ellington a poor bet for fantasy value the rest of the way. We wouldn't bother rostering him outside of deep PPR leagues. RB Lamar Miller's value takes just a slight hit with this move. RB D'Onta Foreman, of course, is out for the year.
The Cardinals have released RB Andre Ellington. A big part of the offense just a little more than a month ago, Ellington had totaled just 7 touches in his last 3 games. He was a healthy scratch for Sunday's loss to the Texans. RB D.J. Foster stepped into Ellington's role in that one, finishing with 2 catches for 26 yards. He's not worth grabbing in redraft leagues. Ellington turns 29 in February and isn't a particularly good bet to re-emerge as a fantasy asset.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington is inactive for today's game against Houston. He wasn't listed on the injury report, so it looks like he's a healthy scratch. Arizona is clearly planning to go extremely run-heavy with Adrian Peterson in this one.
Cardinals RB Andre Ellington (quad) is active for today’s game against the 49ers. He was limited in practice all week, so it’s possible that he’s still not at 100%. Ellington does have a nice matchup against a defense that’s allowed the most receiving yards to RBs.
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