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WR Bruce Ellington - New England Patriots

5-9, 197Born: 8-22-1991College: South CarolinaDrafted: Round 4, pick 2014

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General News (Fri Feb 1): said he hopes to remain with the team in 2019.

Week 21: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Tom Brady continues to show that in the playoffs he is just a different quarterback than the regular season. In each of his last two games, Brady has thrown for over 340 yards in both games and has now thrown for over 300 yards in 11 of his last 14 playoff games. This is a unit that has been able to identify the pre-snap read and get the ball out of Brady's hands quickly to James White, Julian Edelman or even Rob Gronkowski who had a vintage Gronkowski game against the Chiefs last week. This is a unit that will take whatever mismatch the defense is willing to give up with the variety of playmakers that the Patriots have on the field. The Rams secondary continues to be a unit that has largely underperformed this season. While the unit has dealt with injuries primarily to Aqib Talib who missed a large portion of the year, the Rams have been a unit that has been a merely average team against the pass compared to the expectations heading into this season with the acquisitions of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. Peters has been extremely disappointing and will be matched up this week against a combination of Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan. The good news for the Rams this week is that their strength is at the slot corner position as Nickell Robey-Coleman has been one of the best slot corners in the league this year and could pose problems for Julian Edelman in this game. The one concern for the Rams could be their ability to cover Rob Gronkowski in this game as the team has allowed seven tight ends this season to go for over 50 yards and five tight ends to go for over 90 yards.

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Bruce Ellington's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 14 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec)

Bruce Ellington continued to see a volume role in Detroit's passing game against Arizona. Ellington was a favorite of Matthew Stafford on third down early in the game including a conversion, but his targets are all close to the line of scrimmage. Like the rest of the offense, Ellington had no down the field threat. Ellington will look to improve next week against Buffalo.

2018 Week 13 vs LAR (10 / 7 / 35 / 0 rec)

Bruce Ellington continued his emergence as Detroit's primary slot receiver on Sunday. He led the team in targets, but their value was capped by a short depth of target. Ellington was targeted on screens frequently and used to convert multiple third downs out of the slot. While Ellington led the team in targets, he did not see any vertical opportunities in the game. With Marvin Jones out for the season, Ellington should continue to see a significant portion of Detroit's passing game targets.

2018 Week 12 vs CHI (7 / 6 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Bruce Ellington was featured in the short passing game against Chicago on Thanksgiving Day. He benefitted from increased volume with Marvin Jones and Kerryon Johnson both missing the game with injury. Ellington ran most of his routes within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, including crossing routes, slants and screens. Ellington appeared to be open on a deep over route late in the fourth quarter for what would have been a touchdown, but Stafford threw the ball underneath to Kenny Golladay. Ellington's yardage output is limited by his short depth of target, but he would likely continue to see target volume if Jones or Johnson continue to miss time.

2018 Week 11 vs CAR (9 / 6 / 52 / 0 rec)

Bruce Ellington played well from the slot in his first game with Detroit. Ellington benefitted from the absence of Marvin Jones and finished with 9 targets, the second most on the team. Ellington worked the underneath and short area of the field out of the slot and managed to draw a pass interference penalty on his only deep target. Ellington did beak some tackles after the catch but was limited to only 8.7 yards per catch. He also had a drop on a whip route in the flat. Ellington will face Chicago on Thanksgiving.

2018 Week 2 vs TEN (3 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)

The Texans primary slot wide receiver and the only issue is if he can get a chance to make plays. Ellington had receptions for 5, 17 and 23. When he had the bigger gains, he was able to get the ball in the middle of the field, make a defender miss and eat up yards in a hurry. With so many targets going to Fuller and Hopkins, Ellington has been an after thought in the offense.

2018 Week 1 vs NE (8 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)

With so many injuries all ready to the wide receiver group, Bruce Ellington was the second most experience player at the position. Ellington was moved around and was used primarily as the slot until Hopkins was moved there. Ellington dropped two passes on catchable passes and going back to the preseason the past three games he has dropped 5 passes in that stretch. Ellington did have a 5 yard touchdown reception on a designed play for him to get into the opening of the defense. Ellington also showed some catch and run ability but his drop issue is a slight concern.

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