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|Rookie running back Tre Mason still has to beat out Benny Cunningham to be the “handcuff” for Zac Stacy owners, but the explosive young playmaker has the ability to be a very nice complementary back in this St. Louis offense. Mason is small in stature at only 5’8″, which could mean that he is not suited to be an every-down back, but he is already a reliable pass protector, a valuable asset for a team like St. Louis with injury concerns at the quarterback position. Look for Mason to primarily play on third down when his blocking abilities can be most utilized and his pass-catching skills can shine in times of need. Don’t expect Mason to be the next Darren Sproles, but he could provide a decent number of pass receptions this season, which may lead to him being on some PPR fantasy radars by the end of the season.
|Will Stacy have to fight off Mason in camp?|
Both backs excelled in yards after contact in 2013
By: Doug Orth | Fri May 30, 4:45 pm
|Zac Stacy started 12 games for St. Louis in 2013 as a rookie and had 250 carries for 973 yards and seven touchdowns, plus caught 26 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. Where Stacy really excelled was gaining yards after contact. According to Pro Football Focus, Stacy averaged the sixth-most yards after contact (2.45) among running back that took at least half of their teamís attempts last season. According to the 2013 Charting Project, third-round rookie RB Tre Mason had 349 yards after contact on 240 attempts (1.45). (Washington Post)|
FFToday's Take: Mason recently stated the coaching staff told him he will get a chance to start following the draft. Given Mason's current shortcomings in the passing game - blocking as well as receiving - it would seem the rookie will only be an early-down "breather" back for Stacy. The team is also high on Benny Cunningham as well, meaning the Rams would probably opt for a committee approach if Stacy is injured at any point in 2014.