ESPN.com's Cardinals beat reporter Josh Weinfuss says he thinks RB Ellington is "capable of being a short-yardage workhorse." This opinion follows Cardinals HC Bruce Arians assertion that he believes Ellington can be a feature back, and wants to get him 20 to 22 touches per game in the upcoming season. In 2013, his rookie season, Ellington never touched the ball more than 17 times in a single game. He averaged 11 carries in the second half of the season.
Andre Ellington is 5'9" tall and weighs 199 pounds. So it's easy to forgive the skepticism around these predictions from Bruce Arians and company that Ellington is going to shoulder a 20-carry workload. The assertion that Ellington is going to be a goal-line or short-yardage factor will probably raise eyebrows even higher. It just doesn't seem like he's built for it. That said, if it does turn out that he gets anywhere close to that type of usage, he'll be at least an elite RB2 this fantasy season. Ellington is a high-risk, high-reward proposition in 2014.