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RB Andre Ellington - Houston Texans

5-9, 199Born: 2-3-1989College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 6

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 13 vs TEN (2 / -4 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)

The Texans had Ellington in for a small offensive package and concentrated throwing him the football. His first reception came out of the backfield for 29 yards but then with all of the injuries the Texans put him at slot wide receiver. Ellington was being taught where to lineup as the game went on and what routes to run on the field. He caught three passes from the slot just being claimed two weeks ago.

2017 Week 5 vs PHI (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 65 / 0 rec)

Ellington only registered one carry on Sunday, but his nine receptions and ten targets were both team highs. Ellington's heavy use in the passing game is in part an extension of an offense heavily built around David Johnson, but more significantly illustrates the team's greater offensive problem; its lack of protection. Palmer's lack of time due to a constant pass rush forces quick, short throws and Ellington is the obvious target. While this strategy does nothing beneficial for the offense, look for it to continue out of pure necessity. Ellington's value in a PPR league may ever so slightly be on the rise.

2017 Week 4 vs SF (5 / 18 / 0 rush, 14 / 9 / 86 / 0 rec)

Ellington played his best game in what feels like forever, doing little on the ground but contributing heavily as a receiver. It was Chris Johnson who led the team in rushing, with twice as many carries as Ellington, but the offense as a whole dropped back to throw 70% of the time, and that is where Ellington made his contribution. Leading the team in targets with 14, Ellington acted as a quick target out of the backfield, in the slot, and as a safety net for Palmer who was constantly under pressure. Ellington did have a few costly drops, and was unable to stay in bounds for a touchdown, but overall played an impressive game and proved he is most adept at filling in for the injured David Johnson.

2017 Week 3 vs DAL (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 8 / 5 / 59 / 0 rec)

Ellington led the Arizona running backs in snaps, but his work was concentrated in the later-game zone as the Cardinals were playing catch up against Dallas. Chris Johnson was the clear starter early in the game and Ellington was primarily seeing time as an occasional split out receiver during that time. As the game progressed and Arizona trailed by a touchdown or more in the second half, Ellington was the primary back and seeing draw plays and receptions out of the backfield. With 10 touches, Ellington saw more work than the first two weeks combined. Ellington made most of his yards in space as opposed to breaking tackles and outright winning against defenders with the ball in his hands. Negative game script scenarios like this week offer the most usage upside for Ellington without a Chris Johnson injury going forward.

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