Andre Ellington coming into his own as a Cardinal

  • Monday, July 14, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent Andre Ellington rushed for 652 yards on 118 carries as a rookie and looks to be a number one back going into his second season with the Arizona Cardinals.

The world right now is Andre Ellington’s oyster.

The sixth round pick by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 draft, Ellington did more than just occupy a roster spot on an NFL team.

He led his team in rushing and looks do so much more in his sophomore season in 2014.

Ellington runs much larger than his 5’9” frame would indicate. A speed runner, Andre can bust heads with the best of them.

“You can see Andre coming,” said Jerry Brown, Ellington’s high school coach at Berkeley. “He explodes off he ball and knows his reads and takes advantage of the holes.”

Brown, who is famous for his favorite Flexbone trashed the option style offense for Ellington.

“Andre would not have performed as well under the Flexbone so we had to put an offense in place that would allow him to get the maximum amount of touches possible. He could gain 6,000 yards because we changed up offenses. He wouldn’t have done this under the Flexbone.”

As a senior for the Stags, Ellington rushed for more than 1800 yards and scored 24 touchdowns, accumulating 2519 all-purpose yards.

According to a story appearing on CBSSports.com, Ellington looks to be featured more in Arizona’s offense in 2014, getting up to 30 touches a game via the pass and run.

Ellington touched the ball 157 times as a rookie, averaging 5.5 yards per carry and 9.5 yards per catch.

Ellington’s best game of 2013 came at the expense of the Atlanta Falcons in Week Eight, on Oct. 27, 2013 when he gained 154 yards on 15 carries, including an 80-yard run for a touchdown.

For Andre, his approach to the game is simple, “I’m out there to work hard and have a good time.”

During Ellington’s rookie season he was fortunate to have a little bit of home out in Arizona in Cardinals Assistant Coach Ron Aiken, a Berkeley High School graduate and former Stags football great. Aiken has been the Cardinals defensive line coach since 2007.

“Yeah, it was really neat having him out there,” Ellington said. “That was something else.”

Jerry Brown remembered Ellington early in his career as a sophomore when he battled to crack the starting lineup.

“The first time Andre got his name in the paper he was so excited. We called him Backup Ellington and that’s how it ran in the paper.”

Andre Ellington isn’t anybody’s backup anymore.

And he hasn’t been, not for a long time.

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