Ellington, who was cut by the Patriots earlier Wednesday, was released with an injury designation, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. The Patriots didn't specify what kind of injury Ellington is dealing with, but it's likely related to the persistent hamstring issues he's dealt with throughout his career. The wideout had part of his hamstring removed after tearing it in 2016 and has now ended each of the past three seasons on injured reserve due to hamstring complications.
The Patriots released Ellington on Wednesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. It's not clear why Ellington is being let go, but it's possible his dismissal was an effort to create a roster spot for a young or undrafted player that has tried out for New England in recent days. The Patriots have also added first-round rookie N'Keal Harry, veteran Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) and Maurice Harris to their wideout group this offseason since signing Ellington in March. Ellington should have a solid chance of landing another contract before training camps start up.
Ellington's one-year, $895,000 deal with the Patriots includes $25,000 guaranteed, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. Once the Patriots were outbid for slot man Adam Humphries, they turned to lower-cost fliers on Ellington and Maurice Harris ($90,000 guaranteed). Ellington hauled in 31 passes for 224 yards and a score in seven games in 2018, suiting up in four contests with the Lions and three with the Texans. If Ellington can stay healthy, he can push for a slot role behind Julian Edelman, as well as potentially help out in the return game. Given the terms of his new deal, Ellington isn't a lock to make the Patriots' season-opening roster, but his experience playing under a pair of coaches with previous ties to New England in Bill O'Brien (Houston) and Matt Patricia (Detroit) should give the 27-year-old a bit of a leg up in terms of familiarity with his new team's system.
Ellington (hamstring) is signing a one-year deal with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The Patriots are plenty familiar with Ellington's game considering the Super Bowl champs played his team three times over the course of the past two seasons -- and the slot receiver snagged 12 passes for 189 yards and two scores in those games. However, it's not clear if this same sort of role awaits him in New England, given the presence of PPR-maven Julian Edelman. Ellington will have to compete for touches in the team's offense with the likes of Phillip Dorsett, Maurice Harris, Braxton Berrios and Damoun Patterson.
Ellington (hamstring) was released by the Lions on Friday, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Ellington caught on with Detroit late in the 2018 season, catching 23 of 30 targets for 132 yards in four games before a hamstring injury sent him to injured reserve. He's proven to be a competent slot receiver on a few different occasions, but persistent hamstring issues have kept him off the field for most of his pro career. Regardless of where he ends up, Ellington figures to enter training camp on the roster bubble.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||New York Jets||32||27.38|
|6||10/11||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|7||10/22||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|14||12/08||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||48||30||277||2||14||9.23||40|