Given the way Patrick Peterson throws the ball, the cornerback would be a possible emergency quarterback with the Cardinals. Or so it seemed. Suddenly, rookie running back Andre Ellington was out there in the wildcat this past game, taking the snap at QB for three straight plays. Carson Palmer was not on the field.
“I’m not a wildcat guy with a quarterback in the game,” coach Bruce Arians said. “This is something we did many, many years ago with (wide receiver Antwaan) Randle El as an offense (in Pittsburgh). We’ve always got something prepared in case a bomb went off and we lost both of our quarterbacks. It was a good little change of pace today.”
The first was a keeper out of the shotgun for Ellington — after faking a handoff to Peterson darting in front of him behind the linemen and across the ine of scrimmage — for five yards. The second play was the same, picking up seven yards. The third was actually a give to Peterson in the same scheme, although by then the Texans were ready and dumped Peterson for a four-yard loss.
“It was a lot of fun,” Ellington said. “There are a lot of different things we can do with me and Patrick in that package, so we’ll see where it goes.”
Ellington said, despite the read-option look of the fake handoffs, there was no read. He was told to keep the first two and give it to Peterson on the third. “There was no decision making,” Ellington said. Now, the question is, would Ellington be able to throw a pass if needed. That idea brings a smile to his face. “I’m willing to do it if I can get some practice at it during the week,” Ellington said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
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