Houston Texans sign former South Carolina receiver Bruce Ellington
Former Berkeley High School star Bruce Ellington was signed by the Houston Texans on Friday, the team announced.
It is the second NFL team that Ellington has signed with in the past week.
Originally drafted by San Francisco in the fourth-round in 2014, Ellington was released by the 49ers on Aug. 3. The following day, the New York Jets picked up the former South Carolina standout on waivers, but was released him a day later when he received a failed physical designation.
The Texans, who have injuries at the wide receiver position, quickly scooped him up on Friday.
Ellington should see plenty of familiar faces in the Texans’ locker room, including former Gamecock teammate Jadeveon Clowney, who was the No. 1 overall pick by the Texans in the 2014 NFL draft. He’ll also be surrounded by a few former Clemson Tigers as well.
Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson, defensive lineman Carlos Watkins and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins all play for the Texans.
Ellington caught 19 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns in his first two seasons with the 49ers. He missed the entire 2016 campaign with a hamstring injury. Ellington also returned punts and kickoffs for the 49ers when he was healthy, with a 7.7 yards per return average on punts and a 25.6 yards per return average on kickoffs.