“Featured” won’t be Ellington adjective

Posted by Darren Urban on February 20, 2014 – 11:36 am

It was inevitable, probably, that Steve Keim was asked about the future of running back Andre Ellington and whether he would be the “featured” running back. This has been covered many times, and Keim answered it no different today.

“When you say featured back, I don’t know that there are many featured backs in the NFL,” Keim said. “Adrian Peterson, those types of guys. Most teams use a platoon of backs and that  would probably be no different than us. Andre, the way he’s built, is body type, is more in line with Chris Johnson, Jamaal Charles. His speed and acceleration, his movement skills, that’s his strength.

“To say you’re going to play him 25 to 35 snaps, pounding the ball between the tackles, you’re probably leaving yourself open to injuries. So any time, we can take a young man like him, add some weight without losing his speed and movement skills, I think you’re doing yourself a favor.”

I do think Keim (below talking to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio) misspoke. I would think Ellington will definitely get 25-to-35 snaps. He will probably get the majority of the offensive snaps at running back. He won’t get 25 to 35 carries, however. He’s going to split time with someone, though. It’ll probably be Stepfan Taylor. It still in theory could be Ryan Williams (more on that later.) Maybe Rashad Mendenhall comes back. But Ellington, even if he as expected builds on his 199-pound frame and gets stronger, is going to share time. That’s Keim’s philosophy and it’s Bruce Arians’ philosophy.

— Keim, who long ago dismissed the Larry Fitzgerald-to-the-Patriots trade rumors, seemed to have a one-liner ready when asked about it today:

“I was trying to find someone to fire,” Keim said. “Because they never called me.”


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11 Responses to ““Featured” won’t be Ellington adjective”

  1. By Dr. G. on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Funny thing… Keim is starting to think about Ellington’s health…

    Yeah, well, as I mentioned in the Dance of Free Agency post, Ellington will be well-served to have a Bull Dozing Full Back to block for him and also to pound the line for short yardage 3rd downs and at the goal line. How great would that be?

  2. By Dr. G. on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren, I hope you are enjoying the work at the combine…enjoy the posted items.

    Inquiry – You have seen my posts. Do you think Keim and Arians are in concert with the attitude of not needing a Full Back? Or do you think Keim could encourage Arians to employ some schemes to add a FB to the roster? Thank you…

  3. By Darren Urban on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Fullback

    They will not add a true fullback. They will continue to use a tight end in that limited role.

  4. By Andy Kw on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Are the Cardinals interested in FS Kerry Rhodes?
    He would make a nice transition to Strong Safety since he is younger and faster than Yeremiah Bell. He is a powerful hitter too.

  5. By Darren Urban on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Rhodes


  6. By Big Ken on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    I thought it was a cool play towards the end of the season (Seahawks ?), in the red zone had what looked like an old full house T formation, with Jim Dray in the backfield. Carson from center does a three step drop and hits Dray in the corner of the end zone. Definately no need for the traditional fullback.

  7. By Dr. G. on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Darren – I just read that the NFL Salary cap went from $123M to $130M… Does this, in effect, give every team additional space of $7M immediately for 2014 ? Thank you..

  8. By Darren Urban on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Cap space

    The report was that the cap was expected to be about $130M. Nothing is official yet.

    But, if it came true, the cap is what the cap is. The $123 was a projection anyway. Any concerns at this point were hypothetical. Would they have $7M more in cap space then if the cap was $123M? Yes.

  9. By ored on Feb 20, 2014 | Reply

    /if that happens,then it’s time to go shopping,judiciously of course,we still have a ways to go before we even think about a bidding war with..say,oakland,but it loosens the purse strings a tad, maybe enough for that LT,safety,and j.allen,leaving the draft like a kid in a toy store.

  10. By Big Ken on Feb 21, 2014 | Reply

    I thought that $130M figure was for the 2015 season. This year, 2014, was $123M.

  11. By Ray Badgley on Feb 22, 2014 | Reply

    Then the obvious consensus is that Mendenhall will not be returning???

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