Andre Ellington Looking to Contribute in Tampa
Hey! Hey! Tampa Bay Bucs fans! The time is finally here! Finally after all of that waiting and suffering, we can say Football is back!!!! Today’s article I wanted to spotlight new Buccaneers RB Andre Ellington. Ellington signed with the Bucs in the off-season. He is a known commodity for Head Coach Bruce Arians and his staff who coached Ellington during his four years with the Arizona Cardinals.
Ellington was waived by the Cardinals in 2017 and then claimed by the Houston Texans during the 2017 campaign. He was trying to catch on with another team after the 2017 season and ultimately did not sign on with any clubs. Ellington decided to take a season off to refocus and rebuild himself into football shape and conditioning. Here is a quote from Buccaneers beat writer Scott Smith, who recently spoke with the newest Buccaneer and Andre was quoted saying, “It was a mental process,” said Ellington of coping with a year out of the game. “It also allowed me physically to get my body back to where it needed to be. For the most part, it was just a mental grind. I had an opportunity to be around some elite stars, so I was able to keep my mind engaged on Football being around those guys. I’m just glad to be out here.”
He credits the coach and his staff for reaching out to him and help bring that feeling that he could be part of something special down here. Thanks to his knowledge of the playbook, he could help mentor fellow RBs Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones who came off a very disappointing rookie season. Coming from Clemson, the sixth-year veteran is joining a running back room appreciative of another chance to help contribute on the field with his pass-catching skills and to help provide that veteran leadership in the locker room that is sorely missed.