Rhett Ellison

Rhett Ellison

Tight End #85
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:6'5" / 250 lb.
College:USC
Age:31
Born:October 3, 1988
Drafted:2012 / Rd. 4 (128)
Draft Team:MIN

Rhett Ellison: Retires from NFL

Ellison (concussion) is retiring from football.

Analysis: Ellison missed the final six games of 2019 after suffering a concussion in November. He had previously missed Week 17 in 2018 while recovering from concussion symptoms, so it shouldn't come as any surprise to see the 31-year-old tight end choose retirement. The Giants are left with Evan Engram and Kaden Smith at the top of their depth chart, while Ellison finishes his NFL career with 118 catches for 1,189 yards and seven touchdowns in 113 regular-season games. He was mostly known for his run blocking but also displayed flashes of pass-catching ability when Engram missed time with injuries the past few years.

March 9, 2020 8:37 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: May retire this offseason

Ellison (concussion) is considering retirement, Ryan Dunleavy of the NY Post reports.

Analysis: Ellison missed the final six games of 2019 after suffering a concussion in November. He's now entering the final season of a four-year, $18 million contract, with the Giants able to clear out $5 million in cap space if they release the 31-year-old tight end this offseason, per overthecap.com. Reading between the lines, Ellison would need to accept a pay cut to stay with the Giants, and that's assuming he even wants to play football for another season. His combination of strong blocking and competent short-pass catching could make Ellison appealing to a variety of teams in need of a No. 2 tight end.

February 28, 2020 8:22 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Potential cap casualty

Ellison (concussion) could be a cap casualty this offseason, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ellison would count $7.2 million against the salary cap for New York if retained for 2020, an especially substantial sum for a team with promising options like Evan Engram (foot) and Kaden Smith both playing under rookie contracts. Barring a pay cut, it's realistic that the Giants could opt to part ways with Ellison, who ended the 2019 season on injured reserve due to a concussion, in favor of a more affordable blocking specialist.

February 7, 2020 12:02 PM EST

Rhett Ellison: Placed on injured reserve

Ellison (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Friday.

Analysis: Ellison had previously been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Eagles but his placement on injured reserve allows the Giants to promote defensive tackle Chris Slayton from the practice squad. With Evan Engram (foot) out, Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson figure to account for all of the tight end snaps against the Eagles.

December 27, 2019 6:09 PM EST

Rhett Ellison: Out for season finale

Ellison (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Unable to make his way through the NFL's concussion protocol, Ellison closes out his 2019 campaign with a sixth consecutive absence. He caught 18 of 28 targets for 167 yards and a touchdown in 10 games, making seven starts and averaging 32.3 offensive snaps per contest. Ellison has one season remaining on a four-year, $18 million contract, with the Giants able to free up $5 million in cap space if he's released during the offseason, per overthecap.com. Meanwhile, Kaden Smith figures to maintain a three-down role for the regular-season finale.

December 27, 2019 9:10 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Limited in practice again

Ellison (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Ellison has now logged back-to-back limited practice sessions to begin the week, implying that he has yet to be cleared to participate in contact drills. He's trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Eagles.

December 26, 2019 10:58 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Limited to begin Week 17

The Giants list Ellison (concussion) as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: New York isn't holding a practice for Christmas Day, but Ellison's limited listing implies that he still hasn't been cleared to take contact. With the concussion having sidelined Ellison for the Giants' past five games, he's facing an uphill battle to clear the NFL's five-step protocol for head injuries ahead of Sunday's season finale versus the Eagles.

December 25, 2019 7:59 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Out Week 16

Ellison (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Washington, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ellison appeared on track to retake the field this weekend after putting in a full practice Wednesday, but he was downgraded to limited participation Thursday and will miss his fifth straight contest. Kaden Smith is primed to serve as New York's No. 1 tight end again Sunday.

December 20, 2019 9:15 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Downgraded to limited participant

Ellison (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The tight end appeared on track to put an end to his four-week absence Sunday against the Redskins after taking every rep during Wednesday's practice, but his downgrade in activity a day later suddenly muddles his status. It's unclear at this point whether the Giants elected to scale back Ellison's workload coming out of Wednesday's session or if his limitations Thursday were the result of a in-practice setback. Either way, Ellison still remains in the NFL's concussion protocol and would need to gain clearance from an independent neurologist in order to suit up this weekend. With Evan Engram (foot) on injured reserve, Kaden Smith would operate as the Giants' clear No. 1 tight end if Ellison can't go Sunday.

December 19, 2019 10:04 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Full-go Wednesday

Ellison (concussion) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Ellison is making tangible progress through the league's five-step concussion protocol after missing the last four weeks. If he's able to garner full clearance in time for Sunday's tilt at Washington, which will include meeting with an independent neurologist, he'll be in line to start at tight end with Evan Engram (foot) on IR.

December 18, 2019 9:46 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Out Week 15

Ellison (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Ellison was able to return to practice as a limited practice participant this week but will still end up missing his fourth straight contest. Evan Engram (foot) will also be sidelined, leaving Kaden Smith to again work as the team's No. 1 tight end.

December 13, 2019 9:19 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Logs limited practice

Ellison (concussion) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Ellison has now recorded two straight limited practice sessions, indicating that he's making good progress through the league's protocol for head injuries. It remains to be seen whether he'll manage to receive full clearance in time for Sunday's tilt against the Dolphins. If Evan Engram (foot) is forced to miss any more time, Ellison could be in line for a notable target share when healthy.

December 12, 2019 10:02 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Limited Wednesday

Ellison (concussion) was a limited participant in Monday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Ellison has missed three straight games due to a head injury, but Wednesday's limited session represents a step in the right direction. With Evan Engram (foot) also practicing in a limited fashion, it's possible that Ellison will be constrained to a depth role even if he manages to suit up against Miami on Sunday.

December 11, 2019 2:59 PM EST

Rhett Ellison: Out Monday

Ellison (concussion) will not play Monday,Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Unlike the surprise decision to rule out teammate and fellow tight end Evan Engram (foot), Ellison was never expected to play after failing to practice all week. As a result, Kaden Smith will get another start after compiling a six-reception, 70-yard receiving day against the Packers last week.

December 7, 2019 9:33 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Still sidelined by concussion

Ellison (concussion) didn't practice Friday, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Ellison's continued absence from practice makes him unlikely to play in Monday's game against the Eagles, while fellow tight end Evan Engram (foot) is expected to return. Ellison missed the past two games.

December 6, 2019 9:57 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: No practice Thursday

Ellison (concussion) did not practice Thursday, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.

Analysis: Ellison has missed two straight contests due to a lingering head injury, and he's yet to make tangible progress in his recovery. He'll need to fully clear the league's five-step concussion protocol before suiting up. With top tight end Evan Engram (foot) hopeful to retake the field versus Philadelphia on Monday, Ellison could be relegated to a depth role when he does return.

December 5, 2019 9:41 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Out for a second straight week

Ellison (concussion) will not play in Sunday's game against the Packers, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Ellison will miss a second straight game while Evan Engram (foot) misses his third in a row. Kaden Smith played 98 percent of the snaps on offense in last week's 19-14 loss to the Bears, brining in five of six targets for 17 yards and a touchdown.

November 29, 2019 9:18 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: DNP on Thursday

Ellison (concussion) was held out of practice Thursday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: With no noticeable progress through the protocol for head injuries, Ellison is on pace to log a second straight absence Sunday against the Packers. The Giants may also be without Evan Engram (foot), so Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson are poised to hold down the fort at tight end yet again this weekend.

November 28, 2019 9:58 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Works on the side Wednesday

Ellison (concussion) worked on the side during Wednesday's practice, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: As did Evan Engram (foot), meaning that at this stage of the week, the Giants' top healthy tight end options are Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson.

November 27, 2019 8:27 AM EST

Rhett Ellison: Won't face Bears

Coach Pat Shurmur confirmed Friday that Ellison (concussion) will not suit up against the Bears on Sunday, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post reports.

Analysis: Ellison will miss his first game of the season as he nurses a head injury. With Evan Engram (foot) also ruled out for Sunday's contest, the Giants will be forced to proceed with Kaden Smith and Scott Simonson as the only healthy tight ends on the 53-man roster.

November 22, 2019 8:07 AM EST

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