Andre Ellington is hitting his stride in the Arizona Cardinals' backfield, and is now pushing to take over as the team's No. 1 running back.
Ellington logged a season-high 30 snaps in Arizona's 22-6 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, splitting time with starting Rashard Mendenhall.
The former Clemson star had a standout performance as both a runner and receiver, as he rushed seven times for a team-high 52 yards and caught four passes for 31 yards. He even made a tackle.
Ellington's 26-yard run set up the Cardinals' go-ahead touchdown midway through the third quarter.
Ellington's former Clemson teammate DeAndre Hopkins had two receptions for 23 yards in Houston's 34-3 loss at San Francisco.
Jacoby Ford caught two passes for 15 yards and returned four kickoffs for 92 yards in the Oakland Raiders' 27-17 victory over San Diego. Marcus Gilchrist had six tackles, including three solo, for the Chargers.
Andre Branch had three solo tackles, including a sack, in Jacksonville's 34-24 loss to St. Louis.
Kavell Conner made five stops, including four solo, for the Indianapolis Colts in their 34-28 win over Seattle. Byron Maxwell made one tackle for the Seahawks.
Chris Clemons made seven solo tackles in Miami's 26-23 loss to Baltimore.
Coty Sensabaugh had one solo tackle and recovered a fumble for the Tennessee Titans in their 26-17 loss to Kansas City.
The New York Jets announced on Friday that they have released former Clemson defensive end Ricky Sapp.