"I think that you assume...going into it now, as we finished up last year, the second half of the season, Benny became the third-down back," Fisher said, per ESPN.com. "He’s just really good out of the backfield. He’s probably the better protector of the three. That’s some work that Tre and Zac need and we’ll get that done whenever we can during the offseason. So with Benny being the third-down back, then we’ve got a one-two punch with Tre and Zac.”
Although, it appears Fisher still hopeful
“Yes, obviously Isaiah is coming back as well," Fisher said. "You should see him on the field. So, with him included, yes we do. Tre and Benny and Zac and Isaiah coming back, it’s a good group.”
Mason rushed 11 times for 28 yards during the contest. He averaged just 2.5 yards per attempt. Mason was a threat in the passing game, picking up 29 yards on three receptions.
After sitting out the first four games of the season, Mason was worked into the rotation during his rookie season. He wound up starting the team's final nine games, finishing with 765 yards and four rushing touchdowns.
It was Mason's second straight game with 13 carries after he averaged 19.8 carries over the previous four games. He has five total touchdowns entering Week 17 at Seattle.
In two games since blowing up for 164 total yards and three touchdowns,
So why would you consider using him in your championship game with the Rams hosting the Giants in Week 16? For one thing, the matchup is a night-and-day difference. You had to expect Mason to struggle against the Cardinals, who rank sixth against the run, allowing 90.4 yards per game, but would have guessed the Redskins, his Week 14 opponent, rank seventh? It's not a matter of teams choosing to beat them through the air either. They're one of 10 teams that have allowed less than 4 yards per carry.
The Giants, meanwhile, rank 30th against the run, allowing 135.1 yards per game and 4.9 yards per carry. It doesn't mean Mason is a lock for big numbers. The Redskins' Alfred Morris, who most would consider a superior running back, had just 49 yards on 14 carries against the Giants last week. But after splitting carries early on, Mason has become the clear workhorse of the Rams backfield. You don't sit a running back with that role when he has a favorable matchup, especially when he's performed as Mason has this season.
Jamey Eisenberg agrees, naming Mason the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for Week 16.
Mason ran the ball 13 times, picking up just 33 yards. Things started horribly for the rookie. On his third carry of the game, Mason lost a fumble. It was Mason's second fumble this season. The Rams offensive line couldn't get much push against Arizona. Mason averaged just 2.5 yards per rush. His longest run went for 10 yards. Mason received one target in the passing game, but failed to come up with the reception.
Mason will look for more Week 16 against the Giants.
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