Andre Ellington will be used like Jamaal Charles in 2014
Bruce Arians made it very clear that running back Andre Ellington will be the focal point of the Arizona Cardinals offensive attack in 2014. But just how much will Ellington be used as the featured back?
According to Cardinals game analyst Ron Wolfley, the Cardinals view Ellington as their very own Jamaal Charles.
“I think he’s gonna be basically Jamaal Charles,” Wolfley said during the telecast of the Cards preseason opener. “I think that’s probably the best comparison.
As for Arians’ prediction of Ellington getting 25 to 30 touches a game, Wolfley was a bit more skeptical.
“I’ll believe it when I see it,” said Wolfley. “But at the same time, I was talking to some coaches, guys that I have an awful lot of regard and respect for on this team that believe he’s a 2,000-yard per year player — just like Charles, 70 receptions.
“They’re going to get him the ball, they’re going to do it in creative ways. … He’s a rare talent. He really is. Because there’s not many running backs you can take and split them out.”
In fact, Arians believes that Ellington’s pass catching skills are so great that he could be an NFL starter at wide receiver. That’s some high praise for a sixth-round pick in 2013.
While Ellington may never be a back that you can run between the tackles in short yardage to kill the clock, there’s no reason to believe that Ellington can emulate Charles’ success outside the trenches and in the passing game. Fantasy owners, take note.