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Andre Ellington will be Arizona’s workhorse

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The workhorse tailback may be a dying breed, but its yet to go the way of the dodo bird.

In Arizona, second-year running back Andre Ellington is poised to become the go-to option in the backfield.  According to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix, coach Bruce Arians said that Ellington will get 25-30 touches per game this year.

That works out to anywhere from 400 to 480 carries and catches for the season, a staggering amount of activity for a running back in any era.

Larry Johnson set the record for single-season rushing attempts in 2006, with 416.  He added 41 catches that year, for 456 touches.

As a rookie during a season in which Ellington made Rashard Mendenhall and Ryan Williams irrelevant, Ellington had 118 rushing attempts and 38 receptions, for a total of 156 touches.

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29 Responses to “Andre Ellington will be Arizona’s workhorse”
  1. eaglesnoles05 says: May 27, 2014 3:27 PM

    Cool. Good fantasy option.

  2. arrogantnation says: May 27, 2014 3:27 PM

    Ellington would be used as a 15 touch running back. He’s dynamic but I’m not sure he’ll hold up.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 27, 2014 3:30 PM

    They want to use him up before his rookie contract runs out.

  4. that's the best linebacker i've seen since Joe Montana says: May 27, 2014 3:31 PM

    Best Back in the division. Not to take anything away from Gore, but he’s long in the tooth.

  5. drfeelyouup says: May 27, 2014 3:32 PM

    Cardinals are trash. Browns and Johnny Cleveland would waffle stomp them.

  6. jbl429 says: May 27, 2014 3:34 PM

    Hard to believe that year for Larry Johnson was 8 years ago already.

  7. sisqsage says: May 27, 2014 3:34 PM

    Yeah, he is definitely Fantasy material. Paid off for me as a mid to late season add in 2013. Not very big though. Played last year at 199 lbs. Injury risk is a factor with all of those added touches.

  8. jirashon says: May 27, 2014 3:35 PM

    Incredibly gifted back. Excited to see what Bruce does with him as a work horse

  9. thepftpoet says: May 27, 2014 3:35 PM

    Andre Ellington dreams of being 10% of what Adrian Peterson is.

  10. casurferho says: May 27, 2014 3:42 PM

    Lol completely contradicts what they said last year about limiting his touches cause of durability .. Now they want to wear him down? Please

  11. donnymacjack says: May 27, 2014 3:43 PM

    By the time he plays 4 of this divisional opponents he’ll be looking for a break,

  12. SAV says: May 27, 2014 3:52 PM

    All Arians did last year was preach the guy was too small to be a workhorse now he’s saying the kid is taking more touches than Adrian Peterson. If you buy this junk your nuts. Ellington is a 15-18 touch per game back period. Look at the height weight. Hellooooo

  13. clssylssy says: May 27, 2014 4:00 PM

    Ellington is not an every down back and hardly made Mendenhall irrelevant. Mendenhall was the battering ram that allowed Ellington to clean up and make some of his plays in Arian’s rotational scheme, which, to my mind was smarter. Let’s hope Arian’s doesn’t try to make Ellington his “workhorse” and risk the running game getting put down before the season is out of the gate. If it ain’t broke Bruce, don’t mess with what works! The Cards have the potential to do some exciting things this season…let’s not get grandiose.

  14. qdog112 says: May 27, 2014 4:04 PM

    Ellington is the new wave RB – part RB, part WR, with good hands and escapability in open field.

    Is he a short yardage back? I can’t say, but on a 3rd and 1, he can take it to the house if there’s a missed tackle. The new wide open NFL will look for more players like this, as RBs who can’t catch, get reduced roles.

    He is fantasy gold.

  15. 34defense2014 says: May 27, 2014 4:11 PM

    What happens to Little “Sweetness”????

  16. moosedoggie says: May 27, 2014 4:17 PM

    His name is Andre 2000. The dude is going to go for +1000 rushing yards and +1000 receiving yards. Book it.

  17. jmh1982 says: May 27, 2014 4:18 PM

    I think Arians wants use him a little like how Marshall Faulk was used during most of his career. Might get somewhere around 250-300 carries (a lot of those being outside the tackles) and 60-80 receptions (a mix of screens and routes both out of the backfield and lined up at receiver).

    Bottom line is regardless how many touches this guy gets it is almost a certainty that a high percentage of those touches will be out in space and on the perimeter of the defense where he is less likely to get gang tackled and stuck at the bottom of a pile where a lot of injuries (leg injuries in particular) happen.

  18. beardinals says: May 27, 2014 4:21 PM

    PEOPLE!! “Touches” are different than “Carries”.

    I’ll just pretend I didn’t see the weak trash talk above.

    Ellington will catch the ball… A LOT! He’ll hardly be pounding it between the tackles all year. They have other backs for that.

    There was already talk of him being as good as a #3 WR last year. The Cardinals now know what they have (at all positions) and they will build the offense to those strengths.

  19. clipper222 says: May 27, 2014 4:26 PM

    To say any back made Mendenhall and Williams irrelevant isn’t saying much. There are over 50 backs in the league that could easily make that claim.

  20. djjackson81 says: May 27, 2014 4:29 PM

    It’s all another Arians smoke screen hey look defensive coordinators were giving Ellington 25-30 touches a game key in on Ellington so we can kill you with our Arians passing attack. See Fitz Floyd Ginn Brown Powell Niklas in the red zone big bodied TE red zone TD catching killer.

  21. screbels89 says: May 27, 2014 4:34 PM

    I am a Clemson fan and love Andre Ellington but he will never hold up. He was hurt a lot in college. Just sayin

  22. nyking1963 says: May 27, 2014 4:36 PM

    Didn’t we hear almost exactly the same thing last year with the Bills and Spiller?
    I think the only difference was they were going to run him until he was dead.
    Yeah that worked out from a fantasy perspective.

  23. shayeezy says: May 27, 2014 4:42 PM

    there isn’t a coach in the league more full of it than bruce arians.

  24. t500000t says: May 27, 2014 4:44 PM

    Looks like Cardinals entire team and especially the offense is coming together just fine. Bruce Arians was a fine addition to that team. He’s had a year to mold that team with his philosophy. I was hoping my Chargers could have gotten him. He is definitely a Super Bowl caliber coach.

    In fact, it was one unlucky game for the Cards in the final games of the NFC that kept them out of the playoffs, and one lucky games in the final AFC games that got the Chargers into the playoffs.

    Can’t wait for the first game of the season. SD already has a decent offense, the test will be the defense against the Cards offense.

  25. orangeisthenewblue says: May 27, 2014 4:52 PM

    Any back that can make catches out of the backfield and run routes is priceless and fantasy gold. As long is there is no issue with the catching aspect.

  26. bobmcbigballs says: May 27, 2014 5:09 PM

    If Larry Johnson had 416 rushing attempts and 41 catches, how many touches did he have? Hint: it’s not 456

  27. herman23934 says: May 27, 2014 5:39 PM

    You don’t need to be big to be durable. Being small doesn’t make you brittle. It’s down to luck, playing smart.

    There are some big players getting serious injuries in camp with light contact.

    I also don’t see many teams running this many times in this pass happy league.

  28. MostlyRight says: May 27, 2014 7:14 PM

    Bruce Arians quote from after the draft…”I’m a pretty good liar.”

    Only so many touches to go around per game, and with Dwyer and Stepfan Taylor also at RB, Fitz/floyd/Ginn/Brown at WR and Housler/Niklas at TE Ellington won’t get 25 per game. But he will see a lot, as he showed last year he should.

  29. andreboy1 says: May 27, 2014 7:30 PM

    too small and brittle

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