Rhett Ellison
TE #85
Height:
6-5
Weight:
250
Age:
29
College:
USC
Hometown:
Foster City, CA
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2017):

REC
10
YDS
87
AVG
8.7
TDS
1

Biography

TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 4th-round (128th pick overall) draft choice by the Minnesota Vikings in 2012…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 10, 2017.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Ellison has played in 73 regular-season games with 41 starts…An outstanding blocker who helped Adrian Peterson rush for more than 1,000 yards 3 times, including 2,097 yards in his MVP season in 2012…Career totals include 51 receptions for 515 yards, with a long catch of 41 yards, and 3 touchdowns…He has also played in 1 postseason game
-    In 2016, Ellison played in 15 games with 6 starts after recovering from surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon…Inactive vs. Houston (10/9) with a knee injury…Caught 9 passes for 57 yards…Did not catch a touchdown pass for the first time since his rookie season, but scored on a 1-yard run vs. Detroit (11/6)….Had 2 catches for 8 yards at Washington (11/13)…Had a season-long 21-yard reception at Detroit (11/24).
-    In 2015, played in 15 games with 9 starts… Had season cut short by knee injury suffered in the regular-season finale at Green Bay (1/3/16)…Placed on injured reserve 3 days later and did not play in the NFC Wild Card Game…Helped Adrian Peterson lead the NFL with 1,485 rushing yards…Caught 11 passes for 124 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown at Oakland (11/15), and a career-long 41-yard reception at Arizona (12/10).
-    In 2014, played in all 16 games with 13 starts, and had career-high totals in receptions (19), and receiving yards (208)…Had a career-best 4 receptions, for 30 yards, vs. Washington (11/2)…..Scored on a 7-yard catch at Chicago (11/16)…Had a career-high 47 receiving yards, including a 40-yard catch, at Miami (12/21).
-    In 2013, played in 11 games with 6 starts…Finished with 5 receptions for 61 yards…Scored his first career touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Christian Ponder at Green Bay (11/24)...Had a season-best 2 catches at Cincinnati (12/22)...Recorded 3 special teams tackles.
-    As a rookie in 2012, played in 16 games with 7 starts, and played in the NFC Wild Card Game at Green Bay…Ranked 3rd on team with 13 special teams tackles...Caught 7 passes for 65 yards.
-    Picked up his first 2 career receptions – for 6 and 29 yards - vs. Tennessee (10/7)...Had a 6-yard catch at Washington (10/14)...Made his first career start at Detroit (9/30).

COLLEGE:
-    Started 31 games at USC, including 25 in his final 2 seasons…Played tight end, fullback, and on special teams…Was a full-time starter as a sophomore and junior before moving to fullback as a senior...Team captain as a senior...Named first-team All-Pac 12 as a special teamer as a senior in 2011...Earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 as a junior...Named USC’s Co-Lifter of the Year as a junior and won team’s Leadership Award...Scored a touchdown in his final game as a Trojan against UCLA in 2011...Had career-high 45 yards receiving at Minnesota as a junior in 2010...Scored career-best 3 TDs in 2010, catching scoring passes against Hawaii, Arizona and UCLA...Scored first career TD against San Jose State in 2009.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Proud supporter of the Youth Impact Program, which was founded by his father and NFL alumnus Riki Ellison, to provide at-risk youth with a free summer program that promotes positive development with 60 hours of STEM curriculum in a classroom along with 20 hours of football and fitness training...Attended the 2017 NBC4 and Telemundo Health and Fitness Expo Presented by Quest Diagnostics at MetLife Stadium, interacted with fans in attendance...Played in the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club with foundation supporters.

PERSONAL:
-    Married to Raina…Earned bachelor’s degree in international relations in spring 2011 and master’s degree in communication management in the 2013 offseason… Father, Riki, was a USC standout at linebacker from 1978-82, and helped the Trojans win the 1978 National Championship…Riki Ellison was a 3-time Super Bowl champ with San Francisco and a 10-year linebacker with the 49ers (1983-89) and the L.A. Raiders (1990-92)… Father was the 1st New Zealander to play in the NFL, and Rhett lived in New Zealand from age 4-7…Played rugby and cricket in Christchurch, New Zealand, and returned for a visit with his father during the 2015 offseason…Ellison was a standout tight end and linebacker at St. Francis High in Mountain View, Calif…Earned SuperPrep All-Far West and Prep Star All-West honors as a senior.
TRANSACTIONS:
-    Originally a 4th-round (128th pick overall) draft choice by the Minnesota Vikings in 2012…Signed as a free agent by the Giants on March 10, 2017.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
-    Ellison has played in 73 regular-season games with 41 starts…An outstanding blocker who helped Adrian Peterson rush for more than 1,000 yards 3 times, including 2,097 yards in his MVP season in 2012…Career totals include 51 receptions for 515 yards, with a long catch of 41 yards, and 3 touchdowns…He has also played in 1 postseason game
-    In 2016, Ellison played in 15 games with 6 starts after recovering from surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon…Inactive vs. Houston (10/9) with a knee injury…Caught 9 passes for 57 yards…Did not catch a touchdown pass for the first time since his rookie season, but scored on a 1-yard run vs. Detroit (11/6)….Had 2 catches for 8 yards at Washington (11/13)…Had a season-long 21-yard reception at Detroit (11/24).
-    In 2015, played in 15 games with 9 starts… Had season cut short by knee injury suffered in the regular-season finale at Green Bay (1/3/16)…Placed on injured reserve 3 days later and did not play in the NFC Wild Card Game…Helped Adrian Peterson lead the NFL with 1,485 rushing yards…Caught 11 passes for 124 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown at Oakland (11/15), and a career-long 41-yard reception at Arizona (12/10).
-    In 2014, played in all 16 games with 13 starts, and had career-high totals in receptions (19), and receiving yards (208)…Had a career-best 4 receptions, for 30 yards, vs. Washington (11/2)…..Scored on a 7-yard catch at Chicago (11/16)…Had a career-high 47 receiving yards, including a 40-yard catch, at Miami (12/21).
-    In 2013, played in 11 games with 6 starts…Finished with 5 receptions for 61 yards…Scored his first career touchdown on a 12-yard pass from Christian Ponder at Green Bay (11/24)...Had a season-best 2 catches at Cincinnati (12/22)...Recorded 3 special teams tackles.
-    As a rookie in 2012, played in 16 games with 7 starts, and played in the NFC Wild Card Game at Green Bay…Ranked 3rd on team with 13 special teams tackles...Caught 7 passes for 65 yards.
-    Picked up his first 2 career receptions – for 6 and 29 yards - vs. Tennessee (10/7)...Had a 6-yard catch at Washington (10/14)...Made his first career start at Detroit (9/30).

COLLEGE:
-    Started 31 games at USC, including 25 in his final 2 seasons…Played tight end, fullback, and on special teams…Was a full-time starter as a sophomore and junior before moving to fullback as a senior...Team captain as a senior...Named first-team All-Pac 12 as a special teamer as a senior in 2011...Earned Honorable Mention All-Pac 10 as a junior...Named USC’s Co-Lifter of the Year as a junior and won team’s Leadership Award...Scored a touchdown in his final game as a Trojan against UCLA in 2011...Had career-high 45 yards receiving at Minnesota as a junior in 2010...Scored career-best 3 TDs in 2010, catching scoring passes against Hawaii, Arizona and UCLA...Scored first career TD against San Jose State in 2009.

OFF-THE-FIELD ACTIVITY:
-    Proud supporter of the Youth Impact Program, which was founded by his father and NFL alumnus Riki Ellison, to provide at-risk youth with a free summer program that promotes positive development with 60 hours of STEM curriculum in a classroom along with 20 hours of football and fitness training...Attended the 2017 NBC4 and Telemundo Health and Fitness Expo Presented by Quest Diagnostics at MetLife Stadium, interacted with fans in attendance...Played in the Giants Foundation Golf Outing at Westchester Country Club with foundation supporters.

PERSONAL:
-    Married to Raina…Earned bachelor’s degree in international relations in spring 2011 and master’s degree in communication management in the 2013 offseason… Father, Riki, was a USC standout at linebacker from 1978-82, and helped the Trojans win the 1978 National Championship…Riki Ellison was a 3-time Super Bowl champ with San Francisco and a 10-year linebacker with the 49ers (1983-89) and the L.A. Raiders (1990-92)… Father was the 1st New Zealander to play in the NFL, and Rhett lived in New Zealand from age 4-7…Played rugby and cricket in Christchurch, New Zealand, and returned for a visit with his father during the 2015 offseason…Ellison was a standout tight end and linebacker at St. Francis High in Mountain View, Calif…Earned SuperPrep All-Far West and Prep Star All-West honors as a senior.
Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesReceivingRushingFumbles
GGSRecYdsAvgLongTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
TOTAL 61 602 9.9 41 4 1 1 1 1 1 0 0
2017 NYG 11 9 10 87 8.7 14 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 MIN 15 6 9 57 6.3 21 0 1 1 1 1T 1 -- --
2015 MIN 15 9 11 124 11.3 41 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 MIN 16 13 19 208 10.9 40 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 MIN 11 6 5 61 12.2 17 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 MIN 16 7 7 65 9.3 29 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Recent Games
WKOppResultReceivingRushingFumbles
RecYdsAvgLngTDAttYdsAvgLngTDFUMLost
1 @DAL L 3-19 1 9 9 9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2 DET L 10-24 2 21 10.5 12 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
3 @PHI L 24-27 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
4 @TB L 23-25 2 11 5.5 9 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
5 LAC L 22-27 1 9 9 9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 @DEN W 23-10 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
7 SEA L 7-24 0 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
9 LA L 17-51 2 21 10.5 14 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
10 @SF L 21-31 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 KC W 12-9 1 7 7 7 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 @WAS L 10-20 1 9 9 9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --

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