Bruce Ellington
Free agent
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1991-08-22) August 22, 1991 (age 28)
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Berkeley High School (Moncks Corner, South Carolina)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 106
Career history
* San Francisco 49ers ( 2014 2016)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receiving yards:769
Rushing yards:54
Return yards:1,651
Total touchdowns:6
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Bruce Ellington (born August 22, 1991) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football at South Carolina and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

High school careerEdit

In high school, Ellington played both basketball and American football at Moncks Corner (SC) Berkeley located in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Ellington attended the same high school as his cousin, Andre Ellington. In 2009, Ellington played quarterback and led the Stags to the Division II-AAAA state championship in 2009 as a quarterback for head coach Jerry Brown. In the 2009 state championship game, Ellington rushed for four touchdowns. Ellington was a finalist for South Carolina's "Mr. Football" as well. On the hardwood as a senior, Ellington averaged 22 points, eight rebounds, and six assists per game and was named the South Carolina Coaches Association 4A Player of the Year, the Region 7-4A Player of the Year, and the Post and Courier Athlete of the Year. Ellington was a McDonald's All-America nominee following his senior season. As a basketball recruit, Ellington was rated as a four-star recruit by ESPN (93 overall rating) and a four-star recruit by Rivals (24th-ranked point guard and 96th-ranked player overall). As a football recruit, ESPN rated Ellington as a four-star recruit as well and listed him as an athlete.[1]

College careerEdit

Ellington played both basketball and American football at the University of South Carolina.[2][3] After playing only basketball in the 2010 season, he joined the football team in 2011 and played both sports throughout his college career. As a football player, he had 106 career receptions for 1,586 yards and 16 touchdowns.[4] As a basketball player, he averaged 11.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, three assists, and one steal per game.[5]

Ellington announced on January 3, 2014 that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.[6][7] Although Ellington would forgo his senior season, he was still able to graduate with a degree in sociology during the 3 and 1/2 years that he was at the University of South Carolina.[8]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9 in 197 lb31 in9⅜ in 4.45 s 1.55 s 2.58 s 3.95 s 6.69 s 39 in 10 ft 0 in 15 reps

San Francisco 49ersEdit

The San Francisco 49ers selected Ellington in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[9] He was the 17th wide receiver selected in 2014.[10]

On May 27, 2014, the San Francisco 49ers signed Ellington to a four-year, $2.69 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $474,428.[11]

He caught his first career touchdown on a 20-yard reception from quarterback Blaine Gabbert against the Denver Broncos. On December 20, 2014, Ellington had two touchdowns against the San Diego Chargers. An eight-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Colin Kaepernick and a one-yard touchdown run, giving him three touchdowns in his rookie season.

The 49ers placed him on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury on August 30, 2016.[12]

On August 3, 2017, Ellington was waived by the 49ers.[13]

New York Jets Edit

On August 3, 2017, Ellington was claimed off waivers by the New York Jets.[14] He was waived on August 5, 2017 after failing his physical.[15]

Houston TexansEdit

On August 11, 2017, Ellington signed with the Houston Texans.[16]

On September 10, Ellington made his Texans debut in a 29–7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.[17] He was placed on injured reserve on December 5, 2017.[18] In 11 games with the Texans, Ellington had 29 catches for 330 yards and two touchdowns.[19]

On March 14, 2018, Ellington signed a one-year contract to remain with the Texans.[20] He was placed on injured reserve on September 25, 2018 with a hamstring injury.[21] On October 31, he was released.[22]

Detroit LionsEdit

On November 6, 2018, Ellington was signed by the Detroit Lions.[23] He was placed on injured reserve on December 22, 2018.[24] Overall, he finished the 2018 season with 31 receptions for 224 yards and one touchdown.[25] On February 15, 2019, Ellington was released by the Lions.[26]

New England Patriots Edit

On March 14, 2019, Ellington signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots.[27] He was released on May 8, 2019 with an injury designation.[28]

Personal lifeEdit

His cousin, Andre Ellington, is a running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[29][30] The two were teammates with the 2017 Texans.[31]


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  2. "South Carolina's Bruce Ellington is a rare two-sport athlete" (in en).
  3. Ellington ready to play football, basketball for final season
  4. "Bruce Ellington College Stats" (in en).
  5. "Bruce Ellington College Stats" (in en).
  6. "South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington turning pro early" (in en).
  7. 4 Gamecocks declare for NFL draft
  8. Wood, Ryan. "Gamecocks' Bruce Ellington will enter NFL Draft" (in en).
  9. Fucillo, David (May 10, 2014). "49ers draft wide receiver Bruce Ellington".
  10. "2014 NFL Draft Listing" (in en).
  11. Fucillo, David (May 27, 2014). "49ers sign draft pick Bruce Ellington to 4-year deal".
  12. Wesseling, Chris (August 30, 2016). "Niners place Bruce Ellington on season-ending IR". Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  13. "49ers Waive WR Ellington". August 3, 2017.
  14. Greenberg, Ethan (August 4, 2017). "Jets Sign WR Bruce Ellington".
  15. Lange, Randy (August 5, 2017). "Jets Sign Rookie Free Agent FB Algie Brown".
  16. "OFFICIAL: Texans sign WR Bruce Ellington". August 11, 2017.
  17. "Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans – September 10th, 2017". Retrieved September 24, 2017.
  18. "Texans place Ellington, Fiedorowicz on IR". December 5, 2017.
  19. "Bruce Ellington 2017 Game Log" (in en).
  20. Williams, Charean (March 14, 2018). "Texans re-sign Bruce Ellington to one-year deal".
  21. "TRANSACTIONS: Texans place Dylan Cole, Bruce Ellington on reserve/injured list". September 25, 2018.
  22. "Texans waive Bruce Ellington from Reserve/Injured list". October 31, 2018.
  23. "Lions sign free agents WR Bruce Ellington and RB Zach Zenner". November 6, 2018.
  24. "Lions place WR Bruce Ellington & S Charles Washington on reserve/injured". December 22, 2018.
  25. "Bruce Ellington 2018 Game Log" (in en).
  26. Patra, Kevin (February 15, 2019). "Lions release safety Glover Quin after six seasons". Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  27. "Patriots signing Bruce Ellington" (in en-US).
  28. "Patriots Release WR Bruce Ellington". May 8, 2019.
  29. Ellington cousins compliment each other after game
  30. Ellingtons begin friendly rivalry
  31. "2017 Houston Texans Starters, Roster, & Players" (in en).

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