2017 Outlook: Andre Ellington

15 Jun

Andre Ellington has gone from a starting running back as recently as 2015 to backup receiver for the Cardinals heading into this season. He was replaced, rightfully so, by David Johnson at running back, and now he will compete for playing time behind Larry Fitzgerald, John Brown and J.J. Nelson at the very least at receiver. Ellington could easily carve out a role for himself at receiver — he has 112 catches over four seasons as a running back — and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he got touches in the backfield if David Johnson got hurt. But we need to see how the Cardinals use him in training camp and the preseason before saying he should be drafted in the majority of leagues. At best, he will likely be a late-round flier with the hope he can be used in a variety of ways, maybe something like Tyreek Hill with the Chiefs. That would be a best-case scenario for Ellington this year.

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