Arizona Cardinals' head coach Bruce Arians has Andre Ellington right where he wants him: as a part-time, not-overworked performer in the NFL team's backfield.
The former Clemson star delivered again on Sunday, as he rushed seven times for 56 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run, and caught five passes for 36 yards in his team's 32-20 loss to San Francisco.
Given Ellington's size and versatility, Arians believes the rookie running back is best used in rotation with starter Rahard Mendenhall.
Were Ellington 10 or 15 pounds heavier, Arians said he could see him filling a 'Darren Sproles role' as an every-down back.
So far this season, Ellington has rushed 25 times for 176 yards and is averaging 7.0 yards per carry. He's caught 18 passes for 180 yards - a 10.0 average.
Ellington's former Clemson teammate, C.J. Spiller, had 10 carries for 55 yards and a pair of receptions for 11 yards in the Buffalo Bill's 27-24 overtime loss to Cincinnati. Brandon Thompson had two tackles, including a shared sack, and two quarterback-pressures for the Bengals.
Jacoby Ford caught one pass for 11 yards in Oakland's 24-7 loss to Kansas City.
Michael Palmer had a tackle in Pittsburgh's 19-6 win over the New York Jets. Ricky Sapp had one solo stop for New York.
DeAndre Hopkins caught three passes for 47 yards in Houston's 38-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The Jacksonville Jaguars remained winless, but Andre Branch had four solo tackles and one tackle for loss in his team's 35-19 loss to Denver.
Coty Sensabaugh made two solo tackles, including one for loss, in Tennessee's 20-13 loss to Seattle. Byron Maxwell had two solo tackles for the Seahawks.