The Arizona Cardinals have gotten plenty of bang for their buck when it comes to the team’s sixth-round pick of the 2013 NFL Draft. Andre Ellington might have slipped through the cracks of the draft process as the electric running back has landed on his feet with the Cardinals. Fantasy football owners have grown familiar with Ellington, but recent weeks of spotty production have landed this once-promising runner on the waiver wire in most leagues.
On top of losing his job to veteran Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington is also battling a knee injury that was serious enough to keep him out of action for Arizona’s Week 13 contest with the Philadelphia Eagles. Now, the Cards’ running back is calling the injury minor and claims that despite missing Wednesday’s practice he is “fine right now” and that he’ll “be ready to go on Sunday.”
At just 24 years old, Ellington has tons of time to improve and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cardinals break camp in 2014 with Mendenhall on the bench and No. 38 pegged as the starter. However, head coach Bruce Arians has been extremely hesitant to use his rookie running back — in 11 games this season, Ellington has only reached double-digit carries three times!
Time will tell if Ellington can handle the workload necessary to be an All-Pro runner, yet Arizona definitely has a very interesting project on it’s hands nonetheless.