Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notes: RB Mason Works to Stay Positive, Patient

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Notes: RB Mason Works to Stay Positive, Patient

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In his second season, Rams running back Tre Mason has already experienced life in the NFL from a variety of angles.

A third-round draft pick following a record-setting career at Auburn, Mason came on strong a year ago after being inactive the first four weeks of the season to lead the Rams in rushing with 765 yards and tying for the team lead with five touchdowns.

This year, after sitting out the season-opener against Seattle with a sore hamstring, the 5-foot-8, 207-pound Mason has been limited to 49 yards on 20 carries and three catches for 19 yards.

Sunday, in the 24-10 loss at Green Bay, he was on the field for just five offensive snaps and finished with eight rushing yards on two carries.

Meanwhile, rookie Todd Gurley ran 30 times for 159 yards, following up on a 19-carry, 146-yard effort in his first NFL start, a 24-22 win over the Cardinals in Arizona.

"I'm blessed. Any day you wake up and open your eyes, you can't complain," the 22-year-old Mason said following Wednesday's practice at Rams Park. "Of course you want to be on the field with the ball in your hands, getting a chance to play and contribute. (But) it's not my decision.

"I'm a positive person, so my focus every day is to make sure I'm getting better."

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he'd like to get Mason more involved but it just hasn't worked out over the last couple of weeks.

"We wanted to get Tre in more; it just didn't happen," the coach said. "He will play more. I think 30 carries a game down the stretch is probably a little much for (Gurley)."

Then again, it's tough to make the switch when Gurley is averaging better than 150 yards in his first two NFL starts.

"We're trying to win games," Mason said. "It's the nature of this whole locker room, to try and push each other every day to get better. We hold each other accountable because our goal is to win a championship."

In an interesting twist, Mason's rookie success came at the expense of second-year back, Zac Stacy, who was traded to the New York Jets late in this year's draft. As a rookie in 2013, Stacy had just one 4-yard carry through the first four games of the season before coming on to lead the team in rushing (973 yards) and touchdowns (eight). …

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