Andre Ellington has added 8-10 pounds this offseason

Set to receive a significant bump in workload in 2014, Cardinals second-year running back Andre Ellington has added some weight this offseason.

General manager Steve Keim said today that Ellington has added 8-10 pounds in the offseason, per Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910.

Coach Bruce Arians suggested earlier this offseason that Ellington would get "25-30 touches per game" this season. Of course, that was an overstatement with the lower end of that range equaling 400 touches for the year; LeSean McCoy led the league last year with 366 touches.

As a rookie, Ellington, my 15th-ranked fantasy running back in 2014, rushed 118 times for 652 yards and three touchdowns while adding 39 receptions for 371 yards and a score.

Only a quartet of quarterbacks — Terrelle Pryor (6.9), Colin Kaepernick (5.7), Robert Griffin III (5.7) and Russell Wilson (5.6) — averaged more yards per carry than Ellington (5.5 YPC) last season.

Provided it doesn't slow him down, the additional weight could help him better withstand the pounding that will go with the additional volume of work that he's expected to get in 2014.

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