Tre Mason Taking Over Starting Role For St. Louis Rams


What has been sort of an anomaly for the St. Louis Rams in 2014 is the fact that running back Zac Stacy has suited up, but hasn’t played over the past four weeks. Head coach Jeff Fisher has said multiple times that the Rams have a running back by committee approach at running back, but rookie Tre Mason has stole the show as he has started the last three games.

Call it a sophomore slump for Stacy, but the fact of the matter is, Stacy has been unimpressive in 2014. The second year running back out of Vanderbilt only has 257 yards on the ground this season and is averaging only 3.9 yards per carry. By the looks of it, his career in St. Louis may be coming to an abrupt end.

Like Stacy did last year, Tre Mason has given the Rams offense the spark that it’s needed to get going in the run game.  Mason has four runs of  20-plus-yards this season and is the only Ram to do so in 2014. Although Mason only has a single touchdown, he is giving the Rams the consistent power run game that they desire.

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Against the Denver Broncos it was the third round pick, Mason, who got the bulk of the carries once again and is seeming to take over the starting role while Benny Cunningham is doing a nice job as a compliment back. Against the league’s best run, Mason registered the first 100-yard game of his career and for the Rams this season. It was also the most rushing yards against Denver this year. Mason also put together a solid performance against the Seattle Seahawks rushing for 87 yards and averaging 4.7 yards per carry against another top run defense.

Since taking over the starting role three weeks ago Mason is seventh in the NFL in rushing yards with 262 and is third in yards per carry among running backs with at least 60 attempts in that time span.

Although many were left confused by the Tre Mason pick as the Rams already were strong at the running back position, it looks as if the picks has paid off as Mason looks to be the Rams running back of the future. Leading the Rams with 383 rushing yards this season and getting the bulk of the carries in four of the past five weeks, Mason seems to be putting away the committee approach and is becoming the Rams starting running back.