Ellington notched two carries for two yards and one catch (on two targets) for five yards during Sunday's win versus the Bengals. One week removed from his most fruitful performance of the season, Ellington fell back to earth, despite nearly matching Chris Johnson's snap count (25 versus 33, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix). Once again, Johnson handled the bulk of the work afforded running backs, recording 18 rushes for 63 yards and one reception for two yards on two targets. Meanwhile, rookie David Johnson reached paydirt for the seventh time this season on a 16-yard grab. Under the direction of head coach Bruce Arians, the veteran Johnson is the only guarantee out of the Cardinals' backfield in 2015, while Ellington and David Johnson will be hit-or-miss on a weekly basis.
Ellington rushed five times for 61 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown dash, and gathered in three catches (on four targets) for 27 yards during Sunday's win at Seattle. Ellington has taken his demotion to second-string back in stride, reeling off two lengthy touchdown runs among 17 carries since his return to action in Week 5. During that five-game stretch, he's totaled 152 rushing yards, which is good for an unconscionable 8.9 YPC. Furthermore, his pass-catching chops have been evident over the last five outings, with eight receptions for 102 yards on 11 targets. With the breakdown of snaps Sunday -- Ellington received 35 of 89, while Chris Johnson handled 49, according to Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix -- there is plenty of work for both backs, given game flow from week to week. Still, Johnson racked up at least 20 carries (25, to be exact) for the fourth time in nine games this season, signaling that he remains the bell-cow back in Arizona.
Ellington earned 26 of the Cardinals' 81 offensive snaps Sunday at Cleveland, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports. However, Ellington was shut out on three carries and didn't catch his only target. In advance of the contest, head coach Bruce Arians implied that Ellington's role was set to increase, and he wasn't entirely false. Ellington's usage increased slightly from 29 percent to 32 percent of the offensive snaps between Weeks 7 and 8, but his production didn't meet its previous modest standard, which included nine carries for 91 yards, five catches (on six targets) for 75 yards, and one touchdown in the three outings before Sunday's game. After the Cardinals' Week 9 bye, expect Ellington's production to remain muted as long as Chris Johnson is running roughshod over the opposition.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Ellington's role will increase in Sunday's game against the Browns, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports. Ellington could get the majority of passing-down work, but he's unlikely to take a big bite out of Chris Johnson's rushing workload unless the Cardinals are nursing a big lead in the second half. If Ellington does indeed take on extra snaps, they will likely come at the expense of rookie David Johnson.
Ellington rushed for 21 yards on five carries and added 28 yards on three catches in Monday's win over Baltimore. Monday's eight touches were Ellington's most since returning to the lineup in Week 5. The game also coincided with Chris Johnson's largest rushing yardage tally of the season. After trailing Ellington in carries in Week 1, Johnson emerged as the team's featured back in his absence and hasn't relinquished the title over the past three weeks. Barring injury, Ellington does not appear to be a threat to Johnson's stanglehold on the job and his size and running style do not make him an obvious candidate to vulture touchdowns.
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