The Cardinals would like to get Ellington the ball "20 or so times a game, but want to limit his carries inside the tackles," according to the Arizona Republic. The Republic beat writer believes that Ellington's major role with the team will be catching the ball out of the backfield and running around the ends. Head coach Bruce Arians has expressed a distaste for throwing to running backs in the past, but appears to have changed his attitude.
This is somewhat of a departure from Arians' declaration in the preseason that Ellington will be a "bellcow" for the Cardinals offense. The second-year RB weighs just 210 pounds after bulking up this offseason, so many observers have expressed skepticism that he'll be able to bear a full workhorse load. This new report appears to support those beliefs. Expect Ellington to get red zone touches, but not necessarily up-the-middle goal-line work.