Houston Texans: Why Andre Ellington will be a waiver-wire steal

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back Andre Ellington
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 25: Running back Andre Ellington /

The Houston Texans suffered a tremendous loss with D’Onta Foreman being out for the remainder of the season but the team has sought help from the waiver-wire and they certainly have acquired a nice find in Andre Ellington.

As the Houston Texans sit at 4-6 on the season, it’s certainly time to evaluate where the team goes from here.  At this point, it’s tough to even comprehend this team contending for playoff spot with all of the issues that we have with the guys we have on the field.  No Deshaun Watson, no J.J. Watt and no Whitney Mercilus has pretty much put the nail in the coffin for the 2017 season.

But hey, we’ve had a nice run over the past six seasons — except that awful 2013 campaign that eventually gave the team a terrific gift in Jadeveon Clowney — so there’s a lot to be thankful for in terms of the success we’ve had.

Just ask the Buffalo Bills — they’ve been trying to make the playoffs since 1999 and it doesn’t look like this season, they’ll be able to get themselves out the awful funk for playoff contention futility that has plagued them for nearly two decades.

So we’ve had it pretty good and we just have to make the most of the season that’s left in front of us.  So, of course, it’s official — Andre Ellington is a member of the Houston Texans.  It’s crazy because I had already been game-planning for him when we took on the Arizona Cardinals last week but he was inactive.  Since the arrival of Adrian Peterson, Ellington’s role has been virtually obsolete.

Normally a running back should chided for getting beat out by a 32-year-old counterpart but since Peterson will be the superlative for effectiveness at the position, it’s certainly understandable why Ellington finds himself with another team.  In fact, he only has 15 carries for 53 yards with one touchdown through eight games this season.

He also is cousins with wide receiver Bruce Ellington, so he’ll have no problems in finding some camaraderie with some Houston Texans players right away.  Although the numbers haven’t pointed to any blip on the screen since the 2015 season, I think a new change of scenery will help Andre.

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Although he’s quite small at 5’9,” he packs a HUGE punch with his speed.  That’s the type of players this franchise looks for in their offense so the 28-year-old should fit in nicely with this team.  He’s not as svelte with his movements as you’d see with Lamar Miller but he’ll certainly get the job done.

I’d expect Alfred Blue to be activated for this game as he has more familiarity with this offense but depending on needs, Ellington may be as well.  He does have some experience with kick returns, averaging 16.3 yards per return back in the 2016 season for the Cards.  This was off just 10 returns totaling 163 yards.

The production is half of Chris Thompson‘s 22.7 yards per return but Andre will be a viable option, considering the uncertainty of Thompson’s availability for this week.  He re-injured his knee earlier in the game this past Sunday.

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We’ll have to see but I think Ellington will make some nice strides as the team meanders toward the finish line of this season.

Welcome H-Town Andre — go Texans.