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Bruce Ellington makes the most of his debut with Houston Texans

Another former Gamecock wide receiver has a noteworthy performance in the NFL preseason.

New England Patriots v Houston Texans
Former Gamecock wide receiver Bruce Ellington had a solid debut with the Houston Texans, hauling in four receptions for a game-high 93 yards.
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Bruce Ellington’s month has been a bit tumultuous. The former two-sport South Carolina star was cut by San Francisco after he missed most of the 2016 season with a torn hamstring, which ended a three-year stint with the team that drafted him. The New York Jets were quick to scoop him up, but also quick to waive him after he failed a physical.

Ellington languished on the market for a few more days before the Texans decided to take a chance on him. In Houston, he joins fellow Gamecocks Jadeveon Clowney and Johnathan Joseph (and fortifies the USC roster presence against the bevy of Clemson Tigers also employed by the team).

Ellington alleviated some concerns about his health with a strong first-half performance, pulling in four receptions for 93 yards in the Texans’ 27-23 victory against the New England Patriots. He didn’t find the end zone, but was the game’s leading receiver and made this highlight-worthy catch:

Ellington, Joseph, and Stephon Gilmore found time to share a moment after the game:

And Texans starting quarterback Tom Savage had some nice things to say about the newcomer:

It’s hard to say whether Ellington will stick in Houston, but it was exactly the type of showing he needed to stay on the NFL’s radar.