Arizona Head Coach Bruce Arians gave his rookie running back Andre Ellington a true chance to prove his future worth during Week 5. Ellington responded by averaging 7.4 yards per carry, and 7.8 yards per reception, persuading Arians to make Ellington a new impact player in the Cardinals struggling offense.
On Monday, Coach Arians announced that Ellington would see 30-35 snaps per game lining up as a running back and even a wide receiver.
Arians is unsure if the back can handle a heavier workload, so for the time being, Ellington will be limited to under 40 snaps per game.
During Week 5, Ellington was able to rack up 83 total yards against the stifling Panthers defense. The 5-foot-9-inch, 199lb back rushed for 52 yards and caught 4 passes for 31 yards, outplaying veteran Rashard Mendenhall.
Ellington’s 52 rushing yards on only 7 attempts is what really impressed Arians and the Cardinals offense, because it was against the Carolina Panthers who rank as one of the better run defenses in the league.
Ellington averaged more than 5 yards per carry through out his entire college career at Clemson, racking up 1,000 yards during both his junior and senior year.
Ellington is definitely a solid flex option, considering he’s already averaging 6.5 points per week in standard scoring leagues.