Ellington departed Sunday's game against the Giants with a hamstring injury and is questionable to return. Ellington went down with the injury after hauling in a 10-yard reception on the Texans' opening drive. Houston only has four active receivers for the contest, so if Ellington is unable to return, rookie Vyncint Smith could be pressed into a significant role behind starters DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.
Ellington caught all three targets for 45 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Titans in Week 2. Ellington was targeted eight times Week 1, but as expected he had a lower profile Week 2 with the return of Will Fuller from a hamstring injury. He was dropped to third on the depth chart and in the pecking order for targets. The Texans threw the ball 32 times with 20 of those directed at top wideouts DeAndre Hopkins (11 targets) and Fuller (nine).
Ellington caught four of eight passes for 37 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 27-20 loss to New England. Ellington finally gave Houston its first touchdown of the game during the final moments of the contest, cutting across the middle for a five-yard touchdown. Ellington came on late last season and had a nice outing in Week 2 of the preseason. Any judgment about how he'll play this season needs to wait, however, until Will Fuller (hamstring) takes the field.
Ellington figures to see an expanded role in Week 1, with Will Fuller (hamstring) and Keke Coutee (hamstring) both inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots, the Houston Chronicle reports. DeAndre Hopkins is obviously the Texans' top wideout option in Week 1, but for those scrambling for wideout help Sunday for whatever reason, Ellington is worth looking into.
Ellington is listed as the starting third receiver for Week 1 against the Patriots. The Texans are expected to use a lot of three wide receiver sets, and Ellington gets the first crack in the slot ahead of rookie Keke Coutee, who did not see action during the preseason. The organization invested a fourth-round draft pick in Coutee and loves his speed, so Ellington may be challenged for the top slot spot in the coming weeks after Coutee gets some game action under his belt.
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