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Tre Mason expects to compete for Rams starting job

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Searching for a long-term replacement for Steven Jackson, the St. Louis Rams received a boost last season from the performance of fifth-round draft pick Zac Stacy.

However, St. Louis elected to add to the competition at running back when they selected Auburn running back Tre Mason in the third round of last month’s draft.

Appearing at the rookie premiere in Los Angeles, Mason doesn’t plan to sit back and be a complementary option as a rookie.

According to Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation, Mason said the Rams coaching staff said he’ll be in competition for the team’s starting running back job.

Stacy earned a starting role for 12 games last season over second-year options Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson. Stacy rushed for 973 yards and seven touchdowns for the Rams. Pead, a former second-round selection, also remains in the mix.

Mason will likely have to put together a substantial push during the lead up to the regular season to supplant Stacy as the starter.

Stacy averaged 80 yards per game in his 12 starts and carried the ball upwards of 25 times in five games last season. He’ll remain the favorite to win the game, though Mason could add an extra dimension to the St. Louis backfield.

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5 Responses to “Tre Mason expects to compete for Rams starting job”
  1. Matt dog from C-town says: May 30, 2014 4:38 AM

    I think he’s going to do it

  2. allidoiswin55 says: May 30, 2014 8:40 AM

    Over confident ! Dude is a good / possibly great runner nice for his size but you play in the toughest defensive division possibly ever assembled their have never been 4 of 4 teams who have front 7’s like in the Nfcw . You will prove your worth bc every yard is challenged ! Stacy did a damn good job he won’t easily be replaced !

  3. qdog112 says: May 30, 2014 9:48 AM

    I think he will be the guy for the Rams. N/S runner, who is strong and has great vision.

    He’s like a gyro, always point toward the goal line.

  4. bornahawker says: May 30, 2014 10:23 AM

    You are kidding?! Running back by committee, Stacy starts. Good back up opportunity

  5. garyhd01 says: May 30, 2014 12:50 PM

    fisher loves the RB by committee approach i see 15 carries per game for zac and about 10 for tre if they both average 4 ypc thats 1600 total yards and that does not count catches out of the backfield, there may be certain HOT HAND games where one or the other gets the bulk of the carries but otherwise expect a 3-2 carry breakdown IMO GO RAMS!!

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