Andre Ellington will be Arizona’s workhorse


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.

29 responses to “Andre Ellington will be Arizona’s workhorse

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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