Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason runs drills during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Rams' Tre Mason will compete for the starting RB job

The St. Louis Rams addressed a lot of needs in the draft taking Auburn offensive lineman Greg Robinson with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and with the No. 13 overall draft pick they took defensive lineman Aaron Donald. In the third round they got Robinson’s Auburn teammate, running back Tre Mason.

The Rams seemed to have a solid running back in Zac Stacy, who carried the ball 250 times for 973 yards coming up just short of that 1,000 yard mark. They’re not bringing Mason in to fill a secondary role though, they’ll let Mason push Stacy and compete for the starting job according to SB Nation’s Ryan Van Bibber.

That could be bad news for Stacy if Mason comes in and impresses. Mason is confident in the Rams offense because he says it is similar to the pro-style offense he ran in high school and at Auburn under Gus Malzahn.

None of this is exactly breaking news, ESPN’s Nick Wagoner said in a Q&A session on May 24th that he expected Mason to be “nipping at the heels of Stacy for carries.” Wagoner also said that he saw Mason handling the No. 2 role, in maybe a more evenly split backfield, but that he “wouldn’t be surprised if he usurped Stacy at some point, especially if Stacy struggles with nagging injuries again.”

It will be an interesting position battle to watch in training camps and the NFL preseason. Fantasy football players will be keeping an eye on this battle surely.

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