Cardinals coach Bruce Arians: We want to build offense around RB Andre Ellington

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Andre Ellington had more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage last season. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Andre Ellington (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Cardinals running back Andre Ellington's may be best known for having Jacksonville's Jason Babin rip his dreadlocks out while tackling him.

But the 24-year-old out of Clemson, who ran for 652 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie last season sharing carries with Rashard Mendenhall, may soon be better known for being one of 2014's breakout fantasy football stars.


Because Bruce Arians plans to build his offense around Ellington, the Arizona coach told Darren Urban of on Friday.

Ellington averaged 5.5 yards per carry last season, including an 80-yard touchdown, and didn't lose a fumble. He also caught 39 passes for 371 yards and a touchdown, and had 244 yards after the catch.

Arizona was 23rd in the league with 1,540 rushing yards last season and tied for 27th with 3.6 yards per attempt.