Ellington (5-9, 197) was originally selected by San Francisco in the fourth round (106th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In his two seasons with the 49ers, he has appeared in 26 games and registered 19 receptions for 215 yards and two touchdowns to go along with seven rushing attempts for 35 yards and one touchdown. On special teams, he has returned 42 punts for 325 yards (7.7 average) and 50 kickoffs for 1,279 yards (25.6 average) throughout his career.
Ellington was shaping up as a nice sleeper, especially in PPR formats since it looked like he could lead the 49ers in receptions. The team recently traded for Jeremy Kerley, whose 56-827-2 season in 2012 seems like a lifetime ago. Still, he’s just 27 and could fill the slot in Chip Kelly’s offense, a place where Jordan Matthews stood out under Kelly with the Eagles. With Torrey Smith completely MIA in the preseason, the 49er passing game is in a bad way. Quinton Patton and DeAndre Smelter could also battle for snaps.