"We're just going to let them all roll and see what happens," Schottenheimer said. "Zac's obviously a really, really good player, but we're going to create competition for all the guys. That's a long way off, but we know we have a good stable group of backs and they all have different skill sets, which we'll try to use throughout the course of the year."
Schottenheimer later clarified that everyone on offense will compete for their jobs, including Sam Bradford at quarterback. But that "I expect to see multiple guys carry the football."
Mason ran for 1,816 yards for Auburn last season and was drafted No. 75 overall.
Stacy ran 250 times for 973 yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games as a rookie. He figures to approach 300 carries this season.
"I think he should be more productive because he'll have more carries," Snead said. "When we drafted him, he's got nice patience, a nice vision, and if you really analyze running backs, a lot of those guys are the most successful. Because of those traits, it makes you think he can keep continue doing it."
Stacy started 12 games in 2013 and had 250 carries for 973 yards and seven touchdowns, and he added 26 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown.
"I was given the opportunity and I pretty much just took advantage of it every week," Stacy said. "There’s really no secret sauce to what I’m doing. It all started up front with the offensive line and just being a pro about yourself. Staying an extra hour watching tape, staying an extra hour working on your footwork and craft and stuff like that.
"That’s one thing I’ve taken from guys like Chris Long, James Laurinaitis. One thing they told me is just be a true pro about yourself. Eat right, take care of your body. Little things like that."
Stacy, who finished with 973 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns, appears to have done enough to go into 2014 as the starter, the report said. He said he plans to get a better grasp of the playbook, including pass protection, and get faster and stronger entering next season.
|2013||St. Louis Rams||14||12||250||973||3.9||40||7||5||47|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||14||12||26||141||5.4||25||1||1||0||7|
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