Andre Ellington impresses Cardinals' coach with debut NFL performance

Former Tiger had a 24-yard run, caught two passes in preseason game

Arizona Cardinals sixth round draft pick Andre Ellington works out during rookie minicamp football practice Friday, May 10, 2013, at the teams' training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Arizona Cardinals sixth round draft pick Andre Ellington works out during rookie minicamp football practice Friday, May 10, 2013, at the teams' training facility in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Arizona Cardinals finally got a long look at Andre Ellington in action on Saturday, and head coach Bruce Arians liked what he saw.

The former Clemson star scooted for a 24-yard gain on one running play and caught two passes for 15 yards, as the Cardinals beat Dallas 12-7.

"I thought he looked fantastic, just like the kid he's been in practice," said Arians of Ellington. "He's explosive, whether it's a run or pass. He gives us a speed, change of direction element to our backfield. He runs with pretty good power. He also pass-blocks pretty good. Andre made a good showing for himself."

Ellington had missed the Cardinals' preseason opener because of a neck injury.

Fellow rookie Jaron Brown had another productive game, as he caught two passes for 28 yards, including one 23-yarder. Brown led the Cardinals with four catches in their preseason opener against Green Bay.

Also around the league:

- Ricky Sapp had two tackles, including a quarterback sack, in the New York Jets' 37-13 victory over Jacksonville.

- Coty Sensabaugh made three stops in Tennessee's 27-19 loss to Cincinnati.

- Kavell Conner had eight tackles, including four solo stops and a tackle for loss, in Indianapolis' 20-12 win over the New York Giants.

- Chris Clemons had two tackles in Miami's 24-17 loss to Houston.

- Byron Maxwell made two stops for the Seahawks in their 40-10 rout of Denver.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

Looks like both Andre and Jaron may make the team out there. That's really good. I always thought Andre would be good in whatever league he played in. He sure was a good tailback at Clemson and apparently he hasn't lost anything moving on up to the Westside. Very happy for them both and I will watch their games this fall on Sunday afternoon while wallowing in pride and fried chicken over Clemson's kicking of someone's hinnies the day before. Life is good and fixin to get a lot better starting August 31st.

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