Tre Mason, RB, Rams
2016 Outlook:Last updated on Aug-03-2016 by Shawn Childs
Update (8/3): Mason has been battling some personal issues off the field, and there is an excellent chance that the Rams cut him before the start of 2016. He has no draft value, and I don't expect him to land on another team until he straightens out his inner demons.
2015 was pretty much a wasted season for Mason after flashing upside in 2014. He gained only 2.8 yards per rush and 4.9 yards per catch leading to 93 touches for 295 yards with one TD and 18 catches. Mason is undersized back (5'8" and 207 lbs.) that doesn't run with power, but he has success running the ball inside due to his quickness (4.15 - twenty-yard shuttle at the 2014 NFL combine) and his vision. Tre shows patience with superb acceleration when he sees a small hole starting to open. Once through the first line of contact, he has solid leg drive and shiftiness to push for more yards. His speed (4.50 - forty yard dash) is only NFL average at his position. In 2013 in college, he ran for 1816 yards on 317 carries with 23 rushing TDs. His skill set in the passing game is an untapped commodity as he only caught 19 balls for 249 yards in two seasons due to the style of play by Auburn. Mason was a key reason why the Tigers won the national title in 2013. He has low mileage on his body with questionable pass protection skills. In 2014 with the Rams, Tre had seven games with what I could call starter touches. He finished with two 100 yard rushing games while showing his upside in week 13 against the Raiders (164 combined yards with two TDs and three catches). He finished with 195 touches in 12 games (16 per game) with five TDs. Mason should be a great compliment to Gurley when this offense gets rolling. Tre did get himself in trouble in the offseason, which shows a lack of commitment to the game. I need to see some positive news this summer before I draft him as Gurley's handcuff.
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