The Arizona Cardinals signed fellow running back Bronson Hill from the practice squad after releasing veteran running back Andre Ellington.
In addition to Ellington’s release, the vested veteran will be subject to waivers since we are past the trading deadline.
However, in eight games this year, the former Clemson Tiger product had 15 carries for 53 yards, which is a solid 3.5 yards per attempt. He found the end zone once on the ground.
Ellington is more of a pass catcher and he provides more production receiving out of the backfield, as this year he has hauled in 33 receptions for almost 300 yards (297).
This move is a shocking one, as Adrian Peterson does not catch the ball at a higher rate than Ellington.
Overall, Ellington is the team’s best pass catcher at the running back position other than David Johnson, who has missed most of this season after picking up a bad wrist injury that required him to get surgery.
Lastly, one team that could use the 28-year old running back is the Washington Redskins, who lost their main receiving back, Chris Thompson to the year. Ellington is not as explosive as Thompson, but he does have soft hands out of the backfield.
Ellington’s NFL Career Stats: 61 games (16 starts), 1,750 rushing yards, 10 rushing touchdowns, 145 receptions, 1,296 receiving yards, three scores