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Marcus Mason Needs a Roster Spot

It’s become apparent that coach Zorn wants the Redskins offense to have a dual-back system. In the dual-back, it tends to be more dangerous if the two backs each have not only a different style of running but a different body structure as well. If a team has two backs of complete difference, then said team utilizes the true definition of “change-of-pace-backs”.

Take L.T. (5‘10, 221 lbs.) and Darren Sproles (5‘6, 185 lbs.) in San Diego, and Brandon Jacobs (6’4, 264 lbs.) and Ahmad Bradshaw (5’8, 198 lbs.) in New York for example. The difference between the backs is substantial. But both the Chargers and Giants run game is beastly. Washington’s dual-backfield consists of Clinton Portis (5‘11, 221 lbs.) and Ladell Betts (5‘11, 224 lbs.). There is no change up when Portis takes a breather.

Enter Marcus Mason. Mr. Preseason himself. At 5’9, 215 lbs. he stays low to the earth, making visual contact on him a tad bit more difficult. Last preseason he opened eyes, this preseason he is out running Ladell Betts. It’s time to get this man a roster spot.

POST SCRIPT: Did anyone else see the way Marcus Mason PICKED UP BLITZERS?

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One Response to “Marcus Mason Needs a Roster Spot”

  1. Matt says:

    I agree with what you’re saying about the fastball option and having a different type of runner to sub in for Portis. The problem is, I don’t know if that’s going to happen this year. It seems as though the Skins are committed to getting Betts more carries and have almost promised him the spot as the 3rd down back. It will be interesting though if they sign Mason or Aldridge, because you almost HAVE to get these guys in there a few carries a game. Imagine the screen pass options as well…

    Response to POST-SCRIPT–Definitely. I’m not sure what the fuss is all about over at Redskins Insider about him not picking up blitzes from opposing defenses. The only reason Campbell was able to score that TD last week on the scramble was because Mason blew up the blitzer and created a lane for Campbell to go through.

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